Bollywood movies are incomplete without the character of sobbing and sacrificing mother. Hence many actresses got stereotyped after playing a successful role of a mother in one movie. The first actress who is known as the ‘Queen of Misery’ and is synonymous with the character of the mother is Nirupa Roy. In fact, she won fame as a mother after she won a Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actress for her heart-rendering performance in AVM Film’s Chhaya (1962), in which she played the mother of Asha Parekh. However, she became immortal after her superlative performance in the Yash Chopra film Deewaar (1975). In fact, her tuning with Amitabh Bachchan gelled so much that she got stereotyped as Bachchan’s mother in his future films like Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Khoon Pasina (1977), Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978), Suhaag (1979), Geraftaar (1985), Mard (1985). In fact, in the ’90s when Bachchan had turned 50 years, Nirupa Roy continued to be his mother in films like Indrajeet (1991), Lal Baadshah (1999).
Beginning her career with silent films in the early 30’s Durga Khote‘s career spanned more than 50 years. However, she won fame and became popular after her stunning performance of Indian queen Jodhabai, mother of Prince Salim in the K Asif magnum opus Mughal-e-Azam in 1960. After this Khote never looked back. She played prominent and effective roles of a mother in like Bidaai (1974). In this film, she played Jeetendra mother and won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her a sensitive role that can make even a stone-hearted person cry. Her other popular roles were in Anupama (1966), Jukh Gaya Asmaan (1968), Bobby (1973), Abhimaan (1973), Namak Haraam (1973) and Subhash Ghai‘s cult classic, Karz (1980).
The top starlet of the ’40s and 50’s Kamini Kaushal, who played lead heroine opposite top stars like Dilip Kumar in the film Shaheed (1948), Raj Kapoor in Aag (1948), Dev Anand in Ziddi (1948), etc. In the 60’s Kamini changed gears and played some power-packed mother’s role. She started off with the challenging and strong role as Bhagat Singh’s mother in the Manoj Kumar staring Shaheed (1965). The film became super hit and the Jodi of Kamini Kaushal and Manoj Kumar as mother and son appealed the film buffs so much that Kamini Kaushal became a permanent feature as Manoj Kumar’s mother in all his films like Upkaar (1967), Purab Aur Paschim (1970), Shor (1972), Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974), Sanyasi (1975) and Dus Numbri (1976), etc. In 2013, she played the grandmother of Shah Rukh Khan in the film Chennai Express.
Waheeda Rehman, the beautiful actress who rose to stardom from her debut film C.I.D. and did many hit films like Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Guide, Ram Aur Shyam, etc. did many films as a mother. Her first film as the mother was Trishul (1978), in which she played Amitabh Bachchan’s mother. Interestingly, as a child, Bachchan adored her beauty and fortunately, she played Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in many films likes like Namak Halaal, Mahaan, and Coolie. Her other films as the mother are Lamhe, Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6, etc.