`Maa' is paas(e), Mom the word in today's Bollywood

7 years ago

Gone are the days when the on- screen mothers in Bollywood would sing lullabies in their soft voices, those pain-filled eyes reflecting their sacrifices, their adoring smile and strokes that soothes away fears, their all-encompassing equation with their on-screen sons.




From 'Mother India' (1957) to 'Vicky Donor' (2012), the portrayal of on-screen mothers have changed over a period of time ? the 'Maa' of yesteryear has become 'Mom' today. Then, no story was complete without them but todaythose roles have become mostly cliched. Now, in most films, mothers have become marginalised, they are mere props instead of propelling the story.



"There is less importance of mothers in films today. Even if there are roles for mother, there is hardly anything for them to do on screen. Things have changed, there is hero and heroine for everything, so there is no need of mother," Zarina Wahab, who essayed the role of mother to Shahrukh Khan in Karan Johar's 'My Name is Khan' and Hrithik Roshan in the remake version of 'Agneepath', told PTI.



"The kind of emotions and sentiments that is attached with the character of a mother is not there in today's films. I am happy that after a long time I got to do a film like 'Agneepath' (remake one)," she said. Can anyone forget actor Shashi Kapoor's famous dialogue as a cop, 'Mere paas maa hai', to his smuggler brother Amitabh Bachchan in 'Deewar', where Nirupa Roy was the mother. Roy became the most epitomised on-screen mother in Bollywood history.



Nargis played a fiery single mother in Mehboob Khan's 'Mother India', who brings up her two sons ? Rajendra Kumar and Sunil Dutt. Nargis does not hesitate to fire a bullet at her criminal son, Sunil Dutt. Leela Chitnis created the archetype of Hindi cinema mother, as she often played an ailing mother or one going through hardships and struggle. She played the mother of leading men, including legendary Dilip Kumar. PTI

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