#MakingItWork Rockstar Filmy Moms

Last updated 11 May 2017 . 6 min read

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Bollywood and Ma the explosive combination of lung choking drama and overflowing emotions. That moment when your Pyaari Ma accusingly looks at you and says in that quivering voice. “Main toh iss ghar ki naukrani ban kar reh gai hun”.  All this because you genuinely forgot refilling the water bottle you emptied, after gulping down the entire content into your system. Ever noticed how mothers start relating with their on screen avatar and empathise with their struggles.


But some Bollywood mummy characters have taken the unbeaten path and made it possible for us to believe that mothers can be cool. Although you just have to give a good look to your mother, she’s cool too. Just for fun, we have a list of filmy mommies whom we just love.

Zohra Sehgal, Cheeni Kum

The cutie patootie and the coolest mommies of all, ladies and gents make way for the extremely talented Zohra Sehgal.

Apart from the fact that Cheeni Kum was a movie which celebrated a very different kind of love, that between a 60+ year old man and a relatively young woman.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Zohra Sehgal’s infectious energy and charm upped the spunk quotient in the movie.

She just stole the thunder from Amitabh, in each and every scene.  When she keeps poking her son to go to gym, “Aaj gym gaya? Gym, gym!”....

Or, when she is glued to her TV set ogling over men in WWE fights, and how can we forget her obsession with Sex And The City. Bow down to the queen of spunk!

Dina Pathak-Golmaal

Oh well, Hrishikesh Mukerjee’s movies are basically feel good and something which you can watch over a weekend lazing around with your family. Golmaal (the original one) was one helluva laugh riot and Dina Pathak’s character, who wasn’t a mother of the lead played by Amol Palekar and his sister, per se. But, she hit the nail with her fake mother act, who in reality was a page 3 socialite.

She was cool enough to pull off the typicalities of a widowed mother normally portrayed in the early 70s movies.  

PS: Do watch the scene where she hustles from a social party back to her “fake” children’s home to prove the baffled Utpall Dutt about her identity.

Arundhati Nag, Paa

So, Vidya Balan’s character is pregnant and all this mom asks is whether you want to raise this child or not? As simple as that. No drama, no tears just a simple ask of the viability of raising a child, out of wedlock in a society like ours.

She not only supported her daughter and gave her the freedom of choice. She stood besides her in raising the child (suffering from progeria) and was practical when her daughter was being anal about the biological father’s (Abhishek Bachchan) return in their lives.  

She gave mothers all over the country some major #MommyGoals.

Ratna Pathak Shah-Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

The coolest Mom-son duo, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na captures the life of a single parent and the camaraderie she shares with her son. She teases her son for hanging out “too much” with his best girl friend (mind the gap!) and takes rounds in cooking food. No way she won’t be slogging in the kitchen after coming tired from the whole day’s work.

Especially when the kid is grown up. And how can we forget the cute banter with her dead husband, played by Naseeruddin Shah, from the frame of a wall photo. Yikes, they sure did make it look so adorable!

PS: She is the daughter of veteran actor Dina Pathak, who also shares the slot in this list.

Dolly Ahluwalia- Vicky Donor

Vicky Donor was a first of its kind Hindi movie for many reasons and one of them being, Dolly Ahluwalia’s character. She was not your typical Punjabi mommy choking down aloo paranthas her son’s throat and applying ghee all over his rotis. She drank, she danced and most importantly she laughed at her miseries and displayed an amazing #TakeCharge spirit.

She fought her own prejudices and welcomed a divorced woman as a bride for her son. The shades of grey we seldom get to see in our movies.

Kirron Kher- Khoobsurat

Kirron Kher is our favourite new-age filmy mummy. She is loud and funny and an absolute charmer. Loved her portrayal of a super cool mom and how her daughter (played by Sonam Kapoor) has no filter and shares every damn thing that happens in her life. Even that kiss she has with her crush (psst, when she is high, not on life, but spirits).

Breaks the coolio meter.

Sridevi-English Vinglish

So she is meek and your regular “housewife” with a bad case of English speaking skills. But what she does for by enrolling herself to an English learning  course, is what makes her character super cool.

How she discovers her worth and the fact that in order to command respect, you really have to remind yourself of your worth and keep pushing your limits to learn new things. She was cool enough to try her hand at learning a new language, for her family and then for rediscovers herself in the process.

Lisa Haydon-Queen

Lisa Haydon is one amazeball in her portrayal of a single mum living alone in Paris fending her boy and herself. She enjoys life and party’s hard and is the sweetest friend to Kanagana’s character, Rani.

She helps her out when Rani is vulnerable and basically is fundamental in instilling confidence in her to explore the world on her own without anybody’s assistance.

Share your #MakingItWork Mom stories/moments in the comments below. On how they surprised the hell out of you, by being super chill about stuff you thought would make them go mad.


Lola Jutta
An unapologetic writer, budding travel enthusiast and a default optimist! Life is what you make out of it.

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