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Mother’s Day: A look at the latest Bollywood moms and their impressive performances

From Swara Bhaskar to Shabana Azmi, here are actors who played mothers in films, and won hearts with their relatable, impactful characters.

bollywood Updated: May 18, 2017 19:16 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
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Shabana Azmi in a still from the film, Neerja.

For Mother’s Day, how about a round-up of some onscreen moms who redefined the stereotypical portrayal of mothers? These characters you saw in some recent films weren’t just relatable, but they left a mark on viewers’ minds with their strong screen presence, and just about all those motherly qualities that you know your mom has, too. Check it out:

Sakshi Tanwar

Sakshi Tanwar with Aamir Khan in Dangal.

One of the highest grossing films of 2016 was Aamir Khan starrer Dangal and it was a surprise for the viewer to see small screen baahu, Sakshi Tanwar play the big screen mother. In one of the interviews, Aamir confessed that it was his mother who used to watch TV serials and thus suggested Sakshi’s name for the role, when the filmmakers were in the process of casting.

Ratna Pathak Shah

Ratna Pathak Shah gives that look to Fawad Khan when she gets to know the truth about his sexual orientation, in Kapoor & Sons. (YouTube)

A seasoned stage, TV and film actor Ratna Pathak Shah was, as usual, praised by the viewers. Her previous character portrayal of the cool and the fussy mother in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) and Khoobsurat (2014) was also noticed. But when she became that ‘typical’ mommy to two grown up sons - enacted by Fawad Khan and Sidharth Malhotra - in Kapoor & Sons, she stole some major appreciation!

Swara Bhaskar

Swara Bhaskar in Nil Battey Sannata. (YouTube)

The versatile 29-year-old Swara Bhaskar, who took up the role of a single mother to a a 15-year-old in Nil Battey Sannata (2016), pulled off the role quite convincingly!

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi in the film Neerja.

Beyond the fun, madness and determination, there were some on-screen mothers who showcased how moms are the pillars of the family. Ace artist Shabana Azmi’s act as Sonam Kapoor’s mother in the National Award-winning film Neerja (2016) was riveting. If you haven’t heard Azmi’s concluding speech in the film, then you have certainly missed something!

Happy Mother’s Day to them and to you!

First Published: May 13, 2017 18:52 IST