Feelings may have many names but its worth is immeasurable and often a single emotion arouses innumerable feelings in one's heart. Surprisingly, a mother knows the secrets well behind these feelings. The role of an onscreen mother requires super human strength and as a result, only legends have been created by its portrayals and legendary have been the actors enacting them. A mother is an intricately weaved filigree of emotions that hardly anyone can penetrate, but how tender she is, is only known to all hearts who are privileged enough to be touched by her. Today BollyCurry takes you on the reel journey of this tender woman who has different names and faces but her love suffers in a similar delicate, kind and warm way.
Jaya Bachchan's finest performances has been her portrayal of Nandini Raichand in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Sharing screen space with her real enigmatic husband, Mrs. Bachchan held her fort with all dignity as an actor and as the character as well. Nandini's love for her adoptive son Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) was unconditional and unquestioned, and when her loyalties were tested by her husband, she remained the same mother even if she stayed away from her son for a decade. In the form of Sayeeda (Fareeda Jalal), Nandini bestowed Rahul with the comfort of a mother but as a wife, she didn't defy her husband ever and thus the mother kept suffering in the quiet of her heart. However, it was this mother's compassion which broke the silence of her obedience when she lets her husband know that he is no God to separate a child from his mother, thus proving that a mother will do anything for her child.
Taare Zameen Par was a movie with actors that were brilliant in every nuisance of their character's being and Tisca Chopra's portrayal of Maya Awasthi is one such example. A mother who gave up her career to raise her two sons and who was ever so lovable and dotting towards her trouble package Ishaan (Darsheel Safary), Maya had no idea that she was raising a special child. The extra care and the excuses are a mother's privilege and Maya found it all normal till when she found herself helpless against a better future for Ishaan and her husband's desire to reach it even if it pains his son on an emotional level. A boarding school is no punishment for children and parents but this separation for Ishaan and Maya was torturous as it came by force rather than wish and the mother shattered when she came to know her son's real predicament. She blamed herself for never realizing Ishaan's difficulties: how scared he must have felt, how lonely he was, and how much he loved her. Only the mother could feel her child's demons equally.
Tender is strong not weak, it's compassionate not broke, there is warmth in it not fragility and it knows no judgement but love so unconditional and irreversible that once you have been loved like this, it lives in you forever. No one else but a mother can love this way for she knows no measures and she has no knowledge of boundaries. On-screen portrayals derive their inspiration from the reality and in the dramatics and enactments of these inspirations, we see that face which passes by our eyes from our very nascence. We applause our Bollywood actresses for their sheer brilliance in playing someone so divine. Let us know which of the screen mothers remind you of your ever the darling mothers in the comment section below.
Writer: Nabila S.
Editor(s): Shreya S. and Jenifer Y.
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