Whether they realize it, or not, father's play a vital role in the life of their children. It is not only their physical presence that makes the children feel secure, but also a father's emotions and healthy words towards them. A father may sometimes be too harsh while teaching, or overlook intense emotions of children, but he is always a shoulder to lean on when children seek love or advice. As they say, "A father is a son's first hero, and a daughter's first love". Here's BollyCurry proudly presenting to you characters that have had a strong impact in the lives of fathers today.
When we mention the term 'father' in Bollywood, we already know we are talking big. The first name that crosses our minds, is the legend of Hindi Cinema, Amitabh Bachchan. Almost all his fatherly characters in various movies have largely been appreciated by the audience. I'd say, it all began with Baghban. A tale of an elderly couple yearning for love from their children, which is not reciprocated. Raj Malhotra, a joyous man, yet one with principles, gave up everything he had only to keep his children happy. In return, he only expected them to love him and take cautious care of him, just like he did for them, when they were younger. Through this movie Amit Ji conveyed the feelings of a father to the audience. A few words that made my heart skip a beat: "If parents can sacrifice their own time and teach children how to walk their first steps during early stages of life, why do those children struggle and refrain from holding their parents' hands and caring for them during their last stages of life?"
Amitabh Bachchan went on to play various characters that touched the hearts of his audience. When I talk about Baabul, where Balraj Kapoor decides to go against all odd laws made by society, for the sake of his daughter-in-law's happiness, I realize what it takes to be a father of a daughter or daughter-in-law. There are certain duties that need to be fulfilled, which require a lot of willpower to do, and indeed, that goodwill is always there in a father. Amit Ji, also played a rebellious, angry and helpless father in the movie Viruddh, willing to go to any extent to give justice to his son who was brutally murdered. Once again, he manages to evoke those feelings of a father, who cannot tolerate to see his child hurt at any cost. Other of his strong movies include: Waqt - The Race Against Time, Veer Zaara, Sooryavansham, Ek Rishtaa, and countless others for which Amit Ji received critical acclaim and awards.
Alok Nath is also a known name when it comes to fatherhood in Bollywood. His innocent face depicts the deepest feelings of a father. He is popularly known for his roles in movies such as: Hum Saath-Saath Hain, wherein he played a humble and family-oriented father with traditional values yet modern thinking. His role in the movie Vivah was greatly praised as well, in which although he played the character of an uncle, he pursued all the qualities of being a perfect father to a orphan girl. Nath might have had short roles in movies such as Pardes, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, but all of them were of significant importance to the storyline and message: that fathers too, can carry out a majority of parental responsibilities and deserve to be loved at a fair share.
Down the lane there is Rishi Kapoor, another big name in the film industry. There have been certain movies in the past decade where he played some interesting fatherly roles in completely different avatars than that played by other actors. In the movie Hum Tum, Arjun Kapoor was a lonely father. He was leading his life in a misconception that he was happier away from his family, and all sorts of forced relationships. However, deep within he craved for love, and realized this when he saw his son falling in love. This teaches me another lesson; just like every other human being, fathers are prone to mistakes, and if wrong, they are eligible to learn from their children. Rishi Ji also featured in the movie Yeh Hai Jalwa, a tale of a father and son, along with their adorable fights which do not seize to prove their relationship. Rajesh Mittal, a renowned businessman does not accept that Raju Saxena is actually his son, from an affair he had with another woman before his marriage. The movie witnessed several scenes showing Rajesh's refusal to accept Raju, yet towards the end he openly appreciates having Raju as a son who wholeheartedly donated his kidney in order to save his father. Such is the relationship of a father and son!
Many other actors in Bollywood have played brilliant roles of a father in their respective movies: Sanjay Dutt in Kidnap, Aamir Khan in Akele Hum Akele Tum, Shah Rukh Khan in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and My Name Is Khan, plus a dozen others which can fill up a whole book.
We, at BollyCurry are running out of words to emphasize the importance of a father in every child's life. We do know that movies do not necessarily carry a huge impact on the real life of people out there, but we also secretly hope that you have learnt about certain qualities that father's have, try to appreciate your father all the more, and feel proud if you are one! Now signing off with the hope to write to you yet again, very soon!
Writer: Sonia R.
Editor(s): Pooja B. & Hershi J.
Graphics: Preet K.