Saturday, October 22, 2011

Meet the Mumbaikar Maas' of Bollywood.


Mumbai has given a wide array of Maas’ to Indian Film Industry. This wide array of Bollywood Moms features Desi Moms, Sacrificing Moms, Loving Moms & Villain Moms. Yes, the Moms have played a very vital range of characters and have successfully coped up with the ever changing Bollywood trends. I have made a small research analyses on these Maas’ of Bollywood. Here are some findings and details. :P Hope you will like it.. :-) 

The 1st and foremost Maa that came to my mind is Nirupa Roy. She was born on January 4, 1931 in Gujrat. She got married & moved to Mumbai when she was just 15. She has a big span of 50 years of Bollywood life. She has about 250 films to her credits of which she has majority acts of a Mother. She was referred as a Suffering Indian Mom who often lost her kids in her films. She has played a couple of Blind Mother roles too. She also lost her husbands in many of her films :P hehehhee.. 

She touched the skies of Bollywood when she gave a super block buster Deewar. In this movie, she has been mother to the brothers Amitab Bacchan & Shashi Kapoor. Amitab’s act was of a criminal mumma boy ;-) Whereas, Shashi Kapoor played a role of a strict Police Officer. The movie Deewar, took Bollywood to a new height which minted unbeatable fortune & fame. Since then, Nirupa Roy has been a mother to Amitab Bacchan in many more films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag, Lal Badshah, Mukkadar ka Sikandar etc.


“Mere paas Maa hai” has been very popular dialogue since Deewar and during those days, referring “Maa” in any talks, automatically referred to Nirupa Roy. (I just sms’d one of my friend that I’m writing about Maas’ of Bollywood and the reply I got was “Nirupa Roy”. Hahahaha)

Nirupa Roy has many awards to her credits. In 1961, she was awarded BFJA Best Actress in Supporting Role for her movie Chhaya. She was awarded Filmfare Lifetime Achievement in 2003. She won the title “Best Supporting Role” in 3-4 movies.

She expired to a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on 13th October, 2004 at the age of 73. Hats off to this Mumbaikar for taking India Cinema to new heights. :-) :-)

Lets move on to the next Bollywood Mom now.

Nargis Dutt: The Mother India.

The movie Mother India opened the doors of Mumbai to Nargis. Various internal scenes for the film Mother India were shot at Mehboob Studios in Bandra - Bombay in the year 1956. Due to some accidents, the movie sets caught fire and Sunil Dutt saved her life which in turn sparked up love between them which finally led to marriage with a year and so she shifted to Mumbai in the year 1958.

Nargis Dutt was born and brought up in Culcutta (Kolkata). She has many movies to her credit which have won various awards. But Mother India was on the top of the lists. She portrays the character of a Mother & Mother India. This movie was nominated for Oscars too. She also won the Best Actress Award for this film. The movie plot was something like this. She had to repay loans raised by her Mother in law for her marriage. She worked in fields (Farmville types ;-P). But, as luck would have it, her fields were hit by floods. She lost all the crops and now she had no ways to repay the loans.

She decided to continue staying there and bring up the fields again. She was abused by many villagers. Single handedly, she brought up her kids in spite of many hardships & poverty. But again, as luck would have it, one of her son chose bad path of life which led his mother Nargis to kill him. This blockbuster earned big revenues commercially and since then, all the Nargis films were commercially successful.

Nargis suffered Pancreatic Cancer which cost her life. She was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital where she breathed her last on 3rd of May, 1981.
Here are few other awards to her credit.
1.    
 1. 1957 - Filmfare Best Actress Award, Mother India.
  2.   1958 - Best Actress at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,     Mother India.
3.   1958 - Padma Shri - first film actress to be conferred the award.
4.   1968 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Raat Aur Din.
5.   Nargis Dutt was the recipient of the "Urvashy Award", the highest honour that can be conferred on a movie actress in India.
6.   She was not just the first actress to win the "Karlovy Wary Award", and also nominated to the Rajya Sabha (Upper house of Indian Parliament) (1980–81), but fell ill and died during her tenure.
7.   She had been conferred with a National Award for contribution to Indian Cinema.
8.   On 8 January 2001, Amitabh Bachchan and Nargis Dutt were honoured with the "Best Artists of the Millennium" award by Hero Honda and film magazine "Stardust".

Lets move on to the next Bolly Mom.

Kirron Kher. – The New Age Maa.

Kirron Kher was born and brought up in Mumbai. She made her debut in Punjabi Films in the year 1983. Kirron Kher has portrayed a New Age Maa character in many super hit blockbusters like Devdas, Mein Hoon Naa, Rang De Basanti, Singh is Kingg, Dostana, and the super hit Om Shanti Om in which she was mother to Shahrukh Khan. Her roles have featured a friendly relation between son and mom. Usually in her films, her son portrays a kind of cool attitude like in Main Hoon Naa, Om Shanti Om, Dostana & Rang De Basanti. Her unique acting has brought her many awards in Supporting Role category. Veer Zarra and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehena have been other super hits from her.

Adding to the uniqueness of this New Age Mom, she has great liking towards Saree and Jewellery collection. She wears her own sarees and jewels in her movies. Her typical acting as the mother in various films shows that her roles cannot be substituted or justified by any other actor in the Indian Film Industry. Kirron Kher & her husband Anupam Kher now own a Production House.

Our Next Mumbaikar Bolly Mom is Reema Lagoo

Reema Lagoo made her debut in the Film Industry through Marathi Films. She has a wide experience of four decades in Marathi Film Industry. However, she made her way to Bollywood through Rajshri films Banner. She has been mother to various actors in Rajshri films. After Maine Pyar Kiya, Reema Lagoo has practically acted in almost all the films directed under Rajshri banner. Her typical acting of a middle class mother has easily made her one of the best, emotional, sentimental Bolly Mom.

Out of her all films, she has shown versatile acting in the movie Vaastav. In this movie, she portrays the mother character of the Don of Mumbai City – Sanjay Dutt.

Here’s a small list of films in which she portrays a mother’s role.

Mittal v/s Mittal (2010) ... Rituparna Sengupta's Mother
Kidnap (2008) ... Sonia's Grandma
Mehbooba (2008) ... Queen Mother
Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar (2005) ... Ayaan mother
Hatya: The Murder (2004) ... Ravi's mother
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) ... Aman's Mother
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003) ... Prem Kumar's mom
Deewane (2000) ... Vishal's mom
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) ... Mrs. Sharma (Anjali's mother
Tirchhi Topiwale (1998) ... Sanam's mom
Deewana Mastana (1997) ... Bunnu's mother
Yes Boss (1997) ... Rahul's mother
Judwaa (1997) ... Prem's mom

LOL =)) This small list seems to be never ending.. :P I still have another 10-15 films to mention in the list.

The Next Mumbaikar Bolly Mom is Waheeda Rehman.


One of the leading actors of her times, Waheeda Rehman first visited Mumbai to learn Bharat Natayam dance Sri Rajarajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir. She started her films career in Tamil and Telugu film Industry in the year 1954. She currently lives in the Ocean View Bungalow in Bandra, Bombay.

During her times, Movie Director Guru Dutt was in search of a new face for his new film CID. His search ended when he met Waheeda Rehman. He introduced Waheeda to Bollywood through the movie CID. She had a unique flair in her acting which took her to the top list of the golden era of Bollywood.

Great chemistry developed between Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand. They worked together in many films since then. The list includes CID (1956), Solva Saal (1958), Kala Bazar (1960), Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja(1961), Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) and Guide (1965) and Prem Pujari (1970).

1970 was the peak year for Waheeda. She remained out of Bollywood since then. But she made a comeback again in the movie Om Jai Jagdeesh (2002) wherein she was mother to Anil Kapoor, Fardeen khan and Abhishek Bacchan. The other super hit films in which she portrayed the character of mother are Delhi 6, Rang De Basanti & Water.

She has various awards to her credits. Here’s the list.
National Film Award for Best Actress for Reshma Aur Shera in 1971.
Filmfare Best Actress Award for Guide in 1966.
Filmfare Best Actress Award for Neel Kamal in 1968.
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Best Actress (Hindi) for Teesri Kasam in 1967.
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.
NTR National Award for 2006.
Padma Shri in 1972.
Padma Bhushan in 2011.

These were the top 5 Mumbaikar Bollywood Moms which literally ruled Bollywood in their respective Eras. I took almost 2 nights to complete the research and finish up this blog. Hope you liked it. Thanks a ton for reading. Please re-share this among your friends. See you around!

Bijoy Momaya !!