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Where Are the Bollywood Films That Portray Realistic Mother-Daughter Relationships?
Remember the iconic DDLJ scene where Anupam Kher first berates SRK for failing in his exams and then lovingly asks him to go enjoy his life? The ‘O-Potchi-O-Koka-O-Bobi-O-Lola’ remains one of the most endearing on-screen father-son moments in Bollywood films. Can you recollect one such memorable mother-daughter moment?

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For years, Bollywood has given us several mainstream films where the main plot revolved around the relationship between a father and a son. Take, for instance, the Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar-starrer Waqt: The Race Against Time. The film was about a doting father taking some drastic steps to make his son independent and mature.

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In 3 Idiots, Parikshit Sahni plays a typical Indian father, Mr. Qureshi, who wants his son to score good marks and get a high-paying job. Farhan’s (R. Madhavan) fear of his father and his eventual emotional confession to him resonated with a lot of Indian men.

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Apart from these, there are several other films like Paa, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Patiala House, Baghban, and Apne, all of which are centred around father-son relationships.
While these films portrayed an ideal and loving relationship between a father and a son, there are a few others that showcased troubled ones. For example, in Wake Up Sid, Anupam Kher constantly tries to make his son, Sid, (Ranbir Kapoor) work at his company. The two argue over the latter’s failing career, which ultimately results in a fall-out between them. Although the film was primarily based on Sid, his disagreements with his father played a major role in shaping up his personal and professional life.

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The hit 2010-drama Udaan was also based on a troubled father-son relationship, which showed the repercussions of emotional and physical abuse at home. Udaan has received cult status and is one of the finest films Bollywood has ever produced.

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Over the years, Bollywood has also produced several films with loving mother-son relationships like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Kal Ho Naa Ho, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. This is one of the oft-portrayed relationships on-screen probably due to the fact that most Indians still prefer male children. Although the scenario is slowly changing, with urban parents embracing female children, it’s still a hit amongst filmmakers and audiences.

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However, when it comes to portraying a mother-daughter relationship, there are hardly any films that have done justice to it. Sure, we have films like Nil Battey Sannata, Jazbaa, Kahaani 2, and English Vinglish, but in all of these films the daughters are children and the mothers are either trying to save them from criminals or giving them life lessons. If you changed the gender of the children, the plot wouldn’t have been affected majorly. The other time Bollywood showcases a mother-daughter relationship is in rape revenge dramas like Mom and Maatr

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So, it’s safe to say that Bollywood has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to writing realistic mother-daughter relationships. This is one relationship where both parties undergo a lot of evolution. As a daughter grows from a kid to a teenager and then to an adult, her mother has to change her parenting style accordingly. There are squabbles, emotional drama, and happy reunions. What’s more, Indian female millennials often struggle with worrying mothers who ask them to come home early, dress appropriately, and avoid premarital sex.

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It’d be interesting to see a Bollywood film that portrays these emotions and conflicts in a realistic way. We say realistic because we don’t want superficial ones like Farida Jalal-Kajol in DDLJ and Rani Mukherji-Sana Saeed in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Here’s hoping Bollywood comes up with films centered around the dynamic of a mother-daughter relationship.
Well yes.. but i think in nirjaah there was mother daughter moment.

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