Javed Jaffrey once said “Mujhe jindagi mein do ho cheezon se pyaar hai, ek maa aur doosra cinema”. That is funny one liner from an entertainer like Javed Jaffrey but mother not only plays integral part in our life but mother has also been an integral part of Hindi Cinema. In Bollywood, there have been actresses like Leela Chitnis, Durga Khote, Lalita Pawar, Achala Sachdeva, Nirupa Roy, Reema Lagoo, Rakhee and Kirron Kher who has not only played the role of typical stereotype mother but also broke the trend sometimes and surprised us with their powerful performance.
Bollywood has shown many shades of mother from caring to stubborn and from overprotective to righteous. Box Office18 brings to you the 5 best performances of mother’s character played by some of the best actresses on this special occasion of Mothers Day on 11th May.
In Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957) Nargis played the role of Radha a woman who struggles throughout her life but never leaves her principles and virtue. She takes care of her two sons Birju (Sunil Dutt) and Ramu (Rajendra Kumar) when her husband Shamu (Raaj Kumar) leaves her when he becomes handicapped. She faces all the hardships to brought up her two sons and shuns the offer of village landlord Sukhi Lala (Kanhaiya Lal) who wants to marry her. She does not leave her principles and righteousness and shoot her son birju when he becomes a dacoit and kidnaps Sukhi Lalla’s daughter Rupa.
Mother India is one of the most memorable movies of Hindi Cinema and it became first Hindi movie which was send for Academy Awards in the category of Best Film in Foreign Language. Nargis gave one of the most memorable performance of her career and won Filmfare Award of Best Actress for Mother India.
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