The Filmy Maa’s of Bollywood

From the punjabi possessive maa to the silently bearing maa, Indian Cinema has given us all. Here’s a tribute to the mother’s that put the Maa in Cinema.

1. Sapne Dikhaanewali Maa : Farida Jalal – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Sapne dekho…. Zaroor Dekho….Bas unke poore hone ki shart mat rakho” 


Farida Jalal as Lajjo didn’t just win our hearts by being absolutely adorable, but by being a mother who completely understands that you’re in love and shouldn’t settle for anything less.

2. Maa Daa Laadla waali Maa : Kirron Kher – Dostana

“Pyaar itna bhi andha nahi hota ki ladke aur ladki mein farak na dikhai de”

She took Bollywood by storm when she became the first mother who thought her son was gay. Initially hesitant, reluctant and completely devastated, after all, she’s a mother and she bounced right back to being the Punjabi mother who wished nothing but the best for her son… and his boyfriend.

3.  Mera Beta Aaega Waali Maa : Rakhee – Karan Arjun

“Mere Karan Arjun Aaenge…..Dharti ka seena cheer ke aaenge” 


Rakhee in Karan Arjun, became the quintisential Maa with this famous dialogue. She is the mother of mothers. Ever patient and ever so in love with her children. Weren’t you waiting for Karan Arjun as much as she was too?

4. The Mazaakiya Maa : Kajol – Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

Saare Jahaan Se Acha…. Hindustaan Humaara” 

Krish really had the coolest mom, even if he didn’t really accept it. Kajol’s patriotism and mazaakiya Chandni Chowk attitude put in many giggling fits, but made our love for this loud delhiite manifold. Would you like some cookies to go with your milk?

5. The High-Ness Waali Maa : Dolly Alhuwalia – Vicky Donor

Dolly Alhuwalia broke the simple, sweet understanding mother stereotype and downed peg after peg and won our hearts in Vicky Donor.

6. The Punjabi Waali Maa : Amrita Singh – 2 States

“Makhan sirf khilaaya jaata hai… Lagaaya nahi” 

She may be a Madrasan hating typically Punjabi mother, but nothing could deny the love she had for her Krish. Amrita Singh put the Maa in Punjaabi. Loud, opinionated and possessive about her son, she wanted nothing but the best for him. So it’s enough to forgive her teekha andaaz!

7. The Margarita Waali Maa : Revathy – Margarita With A Straw

“Main bhi toh Bai hi ban gayi hoon” 

Revathy may not be downing Margarita’s but she was surely the Maa in Margarita. Simple, understanding and intelligent. Revathy showcased the true capacity of a mother who accepts her child, no matter what. The laughter and the

8. The ‘I sense Everything’ Waali Maa : Jaya Bachchan – Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

Keh diya na… Bas Keh Diya” 

If we’re speaking of Kajol from K3G, there is no way we aren’t speaking of Jaya Bachchan. The mother of Rahul and Rohan and the subservient wife of Yashvardhan Raichand. She senses her sons arrival from miles away. Yahin toh hota hai Maa ka Dil. Unconditional love is what Jaya Bachchan stood for in K3G.

9. The Awesome Waali Maa : Zohra Sehgal – Cheeni Kum

“Jab log kisi ke kareeb aa jaate hai … toh ek doosre ki tarah baatein karne lagte hai”

She may be old, but she was so much more than gold. Cheeni Kum took the typical stereotype and made us forget that mothers are just there to make our lives easier and love us. They’re also here to show us the right way… albeit through different means.

10. The Star Waali Maa : Tisca Chopra – Taare Zameen Par

Tisca Chopra as the mother of Ishan Awasthi, a child who was afflicted with Dyslexia didn’t just charge our hearts emotionally but also brought out the waterworks. Did you love her or did you love her?

There’s no Cinema, without a Maa! And there’s no life without a mother. Here’s wishing the world a Happy Mother’s Day, Filmy Vodka style.

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