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These Indian Mothers In Bollywood Movies Are Realistic Than Ever!

The guilt of being an inefficient mother is probably the most popular weapon of choice among the many things that patriarchy does to weigh women down.  Ofcourse, being a parent is hard, and as children or non-parents, we often put our parents on a very high pedestal. But the truth is, they’re just as flawed as we are, and they’re probably trying to do their best with life. 

This is why we’ve curated a list of most realistic representations of Indian moms in Bollywood!

Some of The Famous Indian Mothers Are: 

Neelam Mehra – Dil Dhadakne Do 

Yes, Neelam Mehra was pretty toxic, especially as a mother. But let’s not forget how she suffered silently in a close-to-hollow marriage.  Mrs Mehra could be any of our mothers, a woman who was a product of patriarchy, so she grew up believing in the falseness of gender roles. Unfortunately, she ended up teaching her daughter the same. Not entirely her fault, TBH!

Priyamvada Kaushik – Badhaai Ho 

Ageism (plus sexism) has taught us that women have to get married by a certain age, have children by a certain age and become grandparents by a certain age. But Badhaai Ho’s Priyamvada Kaushik helped us realize that sometimes, things happen, and you can’t do anything about them! 

Our mothers are individuals with their own lives and feelings, and they can also be at the receiving end of life’s surprises. They don’t have everything figured out, and that’s okay! 

Shashi Godbole – English Vinglish 

We think our parents judge us, but sometimes we’re the ones who are doing all the judging part. Shashi’s kids underestimated her because she hadn’t quite mastered the English language. But the truth was that her language skills had nothing to do with the amazing person she was.  

She was a great mother who was still working on herself. And what’s wrong with that? Why do we want our mothers to be so perfect? Are we perfect? 

Sulochana – Tumhari Sulu 

Sulochana wanted a career and a family. But many times, women are discouraged from wanting it all. And to make matters worse, they’re expected to think about everyone else’s convenience while chasing their dreams.  

Sulochana showed us that you could have goals and want a family and not be immediately good at balancing the two! Women can lean on their families for support and be a wife or a mother while pursuing their dreams.

Parminder Prakash – Hum Tum 

Parminder Prakash was one of the most supportive single mothers in Indian cinema we got to see in films. She was there for her daughter in all phases of her life. But she was also excellent at knowing when to give her space and let her process life independently. 

Ruksana Mohammad – Jalsa  

Ruksana Mohammad was a hard-working mother who we saw having a justifiable breakdown upon finding out who was the actual person behind her daughter’s demise.  

Mothers have the right to feel rage and every seemingly unpleasant emotion possible; they’re not idols of love and selflessness. They’re human beings who can also feel hatred and anger towards people.

Savitri – Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na 

Savitri from Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na was one of the most supportive mothers Bollywood has given us. Savitri had her fears and had a fascinating personality. She is a reminder that our moms also have their own worlds that are insanely rich and worth knowing.

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