Born as Kiran Thakar Singh in 1955, Bollywood actor Kirron Kher turns 61 on Tuesday. She began her tinsel town journey in 1983 with the Punjabi film, Aasra Pyar Da. She stepped into Bollywood with Pestonjee (1988) in which she starred opposite her husband, Anupam Kher.
While she has a long list of power-packed performances in films and TV shows (including Shyam Benegal’s Sardari Begum in 1996, Rituparno Ghosh’s Bariwali in 1999 and Pakistani film Khamosh Paani in 2003), mainstream audience knows her as the coolest Bollywood mom.
A far cry from the sacrificing maa that Bollywood films have known long, Kirron’s mom characters are always cool and fun. We take a look at films that define her as an onscreen mother.
1. Khoobsurat (2014)
She played Sonam Kapoor’s mom in the 2014 remake of the 1983 Rekha-starrer and packed a punch. More a friend than a mom, she knew a little too much about her daughter and her dating patterns in the film.
2. Dostana (2008)
Bollywood was yet to accept gay relationships when this Priyanka Chopra-starrer released. So you had all kinds of clichés around Abhishek-John’s supposed relationship but you still can’t deny Kirron’s funny presence.
3. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2008)
Kirron’s character in this 2008 multi-starrer was what every youngster wants – a chilled-out mother who knows how to get on with life.
4. Rang De Basanti (2006)
She had little screen space in this Aamir Khan’s iconic movie but Kirron’s empathetic performance will be remembered forever.
5. Singh Is Kingg (2006)
A penniless mom who puts on a king sized-charade to ensure her daughter is happy: Now, who wouldn’t want a mom like that?
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