Mother's Day is a day dedicated to the most selfless beings in our lives - our moms. For all the selfless love and care your mom showered upon you, Mother's Day is the perfect occasion to make her feel special and give her a break from mommy duties.
Cinema plays an important role in our lives, even more than we notice. Since the beginning most of the films had an important character of Mother in the story,some roles became immortal and some filmy mothers became very popular.
In this blog I pay a tribute to the most famous Mothers of Bollywood
Durga Khote marks the pioneering phase for women in Indian Cinema as she was one of the first women from respectable families to enter the film industry, thus breaking a social taboo.She also ranks among the top ten actresses in mother roles in Hindi cinema,most notable among them were as Jodhabai in K. Asif's Mughal-e-Azam (1960); as Kaikeyi in Vijay Bhatt's classic Bharat Milap (1942); her other memorable roles as mother were in Charnon Ki Dasi (1941); Mirza Ghalib; Bobby (1973) and Bidaai (1974). She has received the highest award in Indian cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1983), for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema.
JOHNY MERA NAAM - Just One Scene
Sulochana made her debut in films in 1946. She was often paired opposite Nazir Hussain and Ashok Kumar throughout her career in Hindi films.
Popularly known as Dev Anands Film mother, She was a regular in films with Dev Anand in the lead roles, where either Dev Anand was her son or relative and some of their films together were Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai, Pyar Mohabbat, Duniya (1968), Jhonny Mera Naam, Amir Garib, Warrant and Joshila.She also played mother or as close relative in Hindi films with Sunil Dutt as the leading man such as in Heera, Jhoola, Ek Phool Char Kante, Sujatha, Mehrbaan (1967), Chirag, Bhai Bahen (1969), Reshma Aur Shera, Umar Qaid, Muqabla, Jaani Dushman and Badle Ki Aag.
Since 1969, she often played an on-screen close relative to the character played by Rajesh Khanna and some of their famous films included Bahraon Ke Sapne, Doli, Kati Patang, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Dil Daulat Duniya, Prem Nagar, Aakraman, Bhola Bhala, Tyaag, Aashiq Hoon Baharaon Ka and Adhikar(1986). Her other best known films include Nai Roshni (1967), Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Aaye Milan Ki Bela, Ab Dilli Dur Nahin, Majboor, Gora Aur Kala, Devar, Bandini, Kahani Kismat Ki, Talaash (1969) and Azaad (1978).
She was a prolific Indian actress, who later became famous as a character actress, appearing in over 700 films in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati cinema,She was known particularly for playing maternal figures, especially wicked matriarchs or mothers-in-law.
She started as a child artiste at the age of 12 in the silent era in 1928. In 1938 she became the Leading lady but hercareer as a leading lady came to an abrupt end, due to an unfortunate incident during the shooting of Jung-E-Azadi. As per the scene, Master Bhagwan had to deliver a slap on her face and when he did so, it was so hard that she suffered facial paralysis as a result. Her left eye was permanently damaged.
After that, she was out of work for almost three years and when she did return at work, she had no other choice but to accept character roles, even though she was just 25 years old! she had to play mother to heroes who were as old as her! Would you believe, she was younger than Ashok Kumar? Raj, Dilip and Dev are also younger to her by just a few years…and I had to play mother to each of them! Anyway,
In 1952 film Daag she became the mother of Dilip Kumar,In Junglee 1961 she became shammi Kapoor's mother. She also notably played the role of the strict but kind Mrs. L. D'Sa in Anari (1959) with Raj Kapoor. Under Hrishikesh Mukherjee's direction, she gave the performance of a lifetime
She played lead heroine in films from 1946 to 1963, wherein her roles in Do Bhai (1947), Shaheed (1948 film), Ziddi (1948 film), Shabnam (1949 film), Nadiya Ke Paar (1948 film), Arzoo (1950 film), Paras (1949), Namoona (1949), Jhanjar (1953), Aabroo (1956 film), Night Club (1958 film), Jailor (1958 film), Bade Sarkar and Godaan (1963) are considered her career's best performances. She played character roles since 1963, and was critically acclaimed for her performances in Shaheed (1965), in three films of Rajesh Khanna, She played mother to Rajesh Khanna in Prem Nagar in 1974, and in Maha Chor in 1976, and as sister in law to Khanna in Do Raaste. and with Sanjeev Kumar - Anhonee and eight films with Manoj Kumar.
The mother of all Bollywood mothers was Nargis in Mother India,that one role made her immortal.This remains the top most performance till date.The film was released in 1957,she became a mother in only one film but that became the Top mother Performance.
She played leading roles in her early films and started playing mother roles during the 1970s and 1980s. Her acting career spanned more than 50 years, and she acted in more than 275 films. In the 1970s, her role as mother to the characters played by Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor made her name synonymous to the impoverished suffering mother. Her role in Deewaar (1975) and its dialogues with reference to a mother and son are used as clichés.In the 70s and 80s she was known as Filmy mother of Amitabh Bachchan,some of her popular films as Amitabh's mother were Amar Akbar Anthony,Mukkadar Ka Sikandar,Suhaag,Mard,inquilaab and Lal Badshah
Nutan started her career at the age of 14 in the 1950 film Hamari Beti, directed by her mother. She subsequently starred in such films as Nagina and Humlog (both 1951). Her role in Seema (1955) garnered her wider recognition and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She continued playing leading roles through the 1960s until the late 1970s and went on to win the award on four other occasions for her roles in Sujata (1959), Bandini (1963), Milan (1967) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978).
Nutan started playing character roles and continued working until shortly before her death. She portrayed mostly motherly roles in such films as Saajan Ki Saheli (1981), Meri Jung(1985) and Naam (1986). Her performance in Meri Jung earned her a sixth and last Filmfare Award, this time in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Dina Pathak acted in over 120 films in a career spanning over six decades.She is best known for her memorable roles in the Hindi films Gol Maal and Khubsoorat. She was a favourite of the Art Cinema in India where she played powerful roles in films like Koshish, Umrao Jaan, Mirch Masala and Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!.
In 1970 she made her debut with Jeevan Mrityu as heroine opposite Dharmendra In 1971, Rakhee played a double role opposite Shashi Kapoor in Sharmilee, and in the same year she also acted in Lal Patthar and Paras; all three films were popular and she therefore became one of the leading actress of Hindi Cinema in the 1970s. The films Shehzada (1972) and Aankhon Aankhon Mein (1972) - both showcased her comic abilities. She displayed versatility with Heera Panna (1973), Daag: A Poem of Love (1973), Hamare Tumhare (1979), Aanchal (1980), Shriman Shrimati (1982) and Taaqat (1982). She regards her performances in Blackmail (1973), Tapasya (1976) and Aanchal to be her best performances. She acted with Dev Anand in Heera Panna, Banarasi Babu (1973), Joshila (1973) and Lootmaar (1980).