Mother’s Day 2021: Shabana Azmi, Manisha Koirala, Priyanka Chopra Jonas And Others; 5 Actresses Who Played Unusual On-Screen Moms

On the occasion of Mother’s Day 2021, take a look at 5 actresses including Shabana Azmi, Manisha Koirala, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and others who played unusual on-screen moms!

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Mother’s Day 2021: Shabana Azmi, Manisha Koirala, Priyanka Chopra Jonas And Others; 5 Actresses Who Played Unusual On-Screen Moms
A few years ago when Anil Kapoor was younger, he had announced  a desi version of the 2003  Mark Waters directed Disney rom-com Freaky Friday where Mom Jamie Lee Curtis and daughter Lindsey Lohan swapped places. Anil wanted Sonam Kapoor to play the daughter. The fact that she is his daughter had nothing to do with it. Anil in his professional opinion found her to be the best candidate for the part. For the “freaky” Anil wanted Madhuri Dixit who chickened out as she didn’t want to play a mom to an adult. Then Kirron Kher was brought in. Finally, the project was dropped. Freaky moms are unacceptable to Indian audiences. Here are  5 unsuccessful mom films to prove it.

Mumtaz in Aandhiyan (1990): This was  meant to be the  most  sassy mom-son story on this side  of  Mother India. Mumtaz who had long quit movies made  her comeback as  the hip cool  and sexy mom to Prosenjit Chatterji who made his debut in Hindi cinema with this film. Aandhiyan failed to  whip a storm.  Says producer Pahlaj Nihalani, “They couldn’t accept  a mother who  was  a pal to her son. Who wore jeans  instead of saris.Who treated her son as her  best  friend amd who didn’t spend all her time weeping and making sacrifices  for her ladla beta.”

Manisha Koirala In  Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995): Heavily inspired  by Kramer Versus Kramer, this was the story of  an ambitious mother who walks out on her marriage leaving her husband Aamir Khan to  look after  their son. Audiences were aghast. “Which Mom  does this? Walk out on a happy marriage and leave her little son behind?  It wasn’t as  if her husband was  a  wife-beater  or something. He was a nice sweet chap. Yet she chose her career over family? I got a  lot of hate mail for this. But I   loved my role.  Meryl Streep had done the  original and  got an Oscar. I didn’t get anything. But I enjoyed the experience  of  being a  mother who  was very different from other  screen moms,” says Manisha.


Shabana Azmi in Log Kya Kahenge (1982): Shabana admits she went a  little  too far  in this  one. She played a woman forced into marriage  with a  widower(Sanjeev Kumar)  who  kills her stepson with her bare hands. Says Shabana, “I saw  the look in my eyes  on screen when I am strangling my  screen son. It frightened me. Somewhere inside us we secrete these homicidal tendencies. It was not a pleasant experience.” Not for the audience either. They rejected this B R Ishaara directed tribute  to the twisted mother.


Priyanka Chopra Jonas In Pyaar Impossible (2010):  At age 28 Priyanka “dared” to play a mother to a rebellious teenage daughter(Advika Yadav). They hung out together. They fought like cats and dogs….sorry cats and kittens. Mom dated guys. Daughter dated guys. Not quite Mother India, this one. Audiences rejected the film. Mother impossible!


Reena Roy in Apnapan (1977): In a make or break career  move, Reena  Roy elected to play a  mother who  abandons  her  husband and  son  for greener  pastures  but  dares  to  return to get her  previous life . Reena’s  well-wishers  were  aghast. “How can you do this role? It is the vamp’s role? The homebreaker!” Reena stuck to her guns. After the film’s release  they  gave her  the Filmfare award for best supporting actress. She rejected the honour. Imagine being honoured for a supporting role after playing a homebreaker!




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