On Mother's Day, here's a playlist of five Bollywood songs that remind us of our mommy dearest whenever we listen to them. What's on your playlist?
Tu Kitni Achchhi Hai Tu Kitni Bholi Hai (Raja Aur Runk, 1968)
Anand Bakshi's touching lyrics, Laxmikant-Pyarelal's poignant music and Lata Mangeshkar's mellifluous voice has given this song an iconic status. Tu Kitni Achchhi Hai from Kotayya Pratyagatma's Raja Aur Runk, starring Sanjeev Kumar and Kumkum, was picturised on Bollywood's favourite on-screen mother Nirupa Roy. Need we say more why it tops the list.
Chanda Hai Tu Mera Suraj Hai Tu (Aradhana, 1969)
This evergreen number by Lata Mangeshkar is played on different television channels all throughout Mother's Day. Penned by Anand Bakshi and composed by SD Burman, this song from Shakti Samanta's Aradhana was picturised on Sharmila Tagore. The actress, who is seen sporting a white sari and running behind a toddler and humming the song, echoes the pathos of a girl who feels lost after the death of her lover and wants to cling onto her only son to lead her life.
Bada Natkhat Hai (Amar Prem, 1972)
Another Lata Mangeshkar gem, this RD Burman composition is still a hit with the masses. Written by Anand Bakshi, this soulful number from Shakti Samanta's Amar Prem, starring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna, was one of the biggest hits of 1972. The touchy number depicts Sharmila (Pushpa) and Nandu's beautiful mother-son relationship.
Luka Chuppi (Rang De Basanti, 2006)
Composed by AR Rahman and rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, this song makes you teary-eyed every time you hear it. The visuals are equally moving. There's nothing more painful for a mother than bearing the news of her only son's death. Filmmaker Rakesh Omprakash Mehra captures the emotions of a mother, who has just learnt about her son's death, through this song, which was written by Prasoon Joshi.
Meri Maa (Taare Zameen Par, 2007)
Not too many can hold back their tears when they listen to this heart-rending number by Shankar Mahadevan. Composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and written by Prasoon Joshi, this song depicts the emotions of a boy who feels abandoned and isolated by the absence of his mother in a hostel. The song is picturised on child actor Darsheel Safary, who is seen trying to hide his tears under a running tap water, in this Aamir Khan debut directorial.