13 Most Powerful On-Screen Mothers Of Bollywood Whom We Looked Up To

13 Most Powerful On-Screen Mothers Of Bollywood Whom We Looked Up To

6 Dec 18 @ 5:32 PM | By Ravi

They say - God cannot be everywhere so he created Mother’s. The role of a mother cannot be substituted with anything in this world, be it real life or reel life. Mothers have always played a crucial role in our Bollywood films and continue to do so. They’ve been the binding force behind every character, relationship and family. A few roles stand out when one comes to think of actresses who’ve played powerful mother roles on screen. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we look at some of the most iconic on screen mother’s who fought against all odds when it came to pride and integrity of their children or family.

  1. Nargis Dutt (Mother India)

    The mother of all women oriented films, Mehboob Khan’s ‘Mother India’ is considered a landmark film which released in 1957 where Nargis played the iconic character of Radha, a woman of righteousness who single-handedly brings up her two kids after her husband’s demise. Despite, the hardships she refuses to sacrifice her integrity as she kills one of her sons and delivers one of the most iconic dialogues- Main beta de sakti hoon, laaj nahi de sakti. Three decades later director Mohan Kumar remade the classic as Amba with Shabana Azmi in the titular role but the film received a lukewarm response at the box-office.

    Mother India
    Mother India
  2. Nirupa Roy (Deewaar)

    ‘Mera paas maa hai…’, this line sums up everything about the iconic Deewaar when Shashi Kapoor is asked by his gangster brother, Amitabh Bachchan as to what he has instead of property, wealth, etc. Nirupa Roy epitomized the role of a mother so powerfully that it became immortal on the silver screen. Her portrayal continues to give gooseflesh even after 40 years of the film’s release.

    Deewar
    Deewar
  3. Waheeda Rehman (Trishul)

    Though Waheeda had a special appearance in the film but she set the tone for this evergreen revenge drama when she realizes that she is pregnant before marriage. She gives birth to her illegitimate son, Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and asks him to avenge the humiliation meted out to her by his father.

    Trishul
    Trishul
  4. Dina Pathak (Khubsoorat)

    This Hrishikesh Mukherjee directorial saw Dina Pathak portraying the strict disciplinarian mother of a huge joint-family who tries her best to keep the family united until Rekha enters and breaks all rules. One of Dina’s perfect motherly acts with a tinge of humour attached to it.

    Khoobsurat
    Khoobsurat
  5. Rekha (Khoon Bhari Maang)

    Rekha is betrayed by Kabir Bedi in this revenge drama only to return with a vengeance and get reunited with her two children. Rekha was at her best as the mother in this Rakesh Roshan directorial which fetched her that years Filmfare award for ‘Best Actress in a lead role’.
  6. Aruna Irani (Doodh Ka Karz)

    One of Aruna Irani’s most powerful portrayals of a mother on screen was Doodh Ka Karz which was followed up by Beta where she had negative shades. In Doodh Ka Karz she plays a snake-charmers wife who brings up her son and her pet snake to avenge her husband’s death. Jackie Shroff plays his son in this Ashok Gaikwad revenge drama which generated serpentine queues outside cinema theatres those days.

    Doodh Ka Karz
    Doodh Ka Karz
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  8. Jaya Prada (Maa)

    One of Jaya Prada’s memorable roles where she is killed leaving her infant baby behind. Her spirit enters her pet dog who is guided to protect her baby by the goons and seek revenge for her death. Loosely based on the Hollywood flick Ghost, Maa was one of the sleeper hits of 1991 which qualifies as one of the most powerful mother-centric​ roles that Bollywood has seen.

    Maa
    Maa
  9. Rakhee (Ram Lakhan/ Karan Arjun)

    The late 80’s and 90’s saw Rakhee turning to mother roles where she’ll bring up her sons to avenge defeat of their father. It all started off with Dacait and Ram Lakhan as she continued to do the same in a dozen films which included Baazigar, Karan Arjun, Soldier, etc. She came to know for her ‘Nyay’ and ‘Mere Karan Arjun aayenge’ dialogues.

    Karan Arjun/ Ram Lakhan
    Karan Arjun/ Ram Lakhan
  10. Karisma Kapoor (Shakti – The Power)

    Who can forget the young mother in Shakti – The Power played by Karisma Kapoor who gets trapped in her husband’s village gang rivalry and somehow finds a way to escape with her five-year-old​ son. Though, the film tanked at the box-office but got a lot of accolades for the Kapoor girl.

    Shakti- The Power
    Shakti- The Power
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  12. Sridevi (English Vinglish)

    Sridevi’s comeback film where she played a simple Indian housewife who stays in the US along with her husband and children who bully her for not knowing English. She decides to take up an English speaking course to regain her confidence as her pride is at stake.
  13. Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom)

    This Omung Kumar directed biopic which was based on India’s Olympic Bronze medalist boxer; Mary Kom had Priyanka Chopra playing the titular role. The film showcased the champion boxer’s journey to the top despite having a family and two kids and facing tough situations.

    Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom)
    Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom)
  14. Sridevi (Mom)

    The late legendary actress Sridevi was one of those actors who thrived for perfection every role she played on screen and one perfect example of this is her film Mom. In the film Mom, Sridevi plays the role of a step-mother of a teenager daughter. The extent to which Sridevi’s character go to attain justice for the daughter is beyond words. Sridevi was fierce, loving, caring and everything a mother should be.

    Mom
    Mom
  15. Aishwarya Rai (Jazbaa)

    Aishwarya Rai’s comeback film directed by Sanjay Gupta saw her in the role of a criminal lawyer whose daughter is abducted in return of saving a killer rapist from getting a death sentence. The film did average business but the mother character played by Aishwarya was one of the best in her career.