Fathers, in our society, are a bit stereotyped, don’t you think? They are supposed to be strong men who never cry. A father is always strict and shown to be disciplining his kids. He always thinks with his head, and not his heart. While this may be the case with some fathers, only fathers can know how they truly feel. Yes, fathers ‘feel’ too.
Though he won’t show it, he feels the joy of being a father. Though he won’t tell you, he feels hurt when you fall. Though he won’t express it, he feels worried you aren’t home yet. The strictness and discipline are his way of showing his love for you. Because he wants you to grow up and become a gentleman or a lady.
Bollywood has always been churning out movies portraying family relationships which the audience can relate to. And when it comes to portraying a father’s role, Bollywood doesn’t disappoint. Let’s look at some of the hit movies which celebrate fatherhood.
1. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
This epic historical movie focused on a father-son relationship and their war over a court dancer. With a star-studded cast of Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala, it broke all box office records at the time.
2. Masoom (1983)
Lakdi ki kathi, kathi pe ghoda… remember this favourite childhood song of ours. This movie showed the growing bond of a father (Naseeruddin Shah) with his illegitimate son (Jugal Hansraj).
3. Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
Tu mera dil, tu meri jaan, oh I love you daddy… another song that we all love which perfectly describes a father-son relationship. And the icing on the cake was that it was sung by real-life father-son duo — Udit and Aditya Narayan! We saw Aamir Khan as a single father to a kid after Manisha Koirala parts ways with him.
4. Chachi 420 (1997)
Let’s admit, we have never seen a better chachi, have we? Jokes apart, Kamal Haasan stole the show in this movie. He played a father struggling to be near his daughter after his wife (Tabu) parts ways with him. He transforms himself into a lady (chachi!) and starts working as a house help in Tabu’s house. And the rest we all know is a roller-coaster ride!
5. Baghban (2003)
A father does his best to raise his kids right, even giving them the last rupee he has saved. Yet in his old age, when he wishes to stay with them, the sons are reluctant. Amitabh Bachchan as the father and Hema Malini as the mother teach us the importance of parents in Baghban.
6. Waqt (2005)
A storyline any household can relate to with a reckless son and a worried father. Akshay Kumar is an irresponsible son and an aspiring actor. Amitabh Bachchan plays his father who suffers from a chronic illness. To discipline his son, he throws him out of the house. Whether it works or not makes the movie worth a watch.
7. Paa (2009)
We all remember Auro, right? Amitabh Bachchan as a 12-year-old suffering from progeria with Abhishek Bachchan as his father, Paa was a one-of-its-kind movie. While portraying their lovely relationship, the movie also raised awareness about the rare genetic disorder.
8. Piku (2015)
This is a quirky comedy about the relationship of a daughter (Deepika Padukone) with her aging father (Amitabh Bachchan). His eccentricities drive everyone around him crazy while his daughter struggles to calmly manage everything (and him!).
9. 102 Not Out (2018)
This recent movie saw Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor share the screen space after 27 years! Amitabh plays a 102-year-old father to his 75-year-old son Rishi Kapoor. Living like a youngster, Amitabh Bachchan wants to break the world record for the oldest man living on earth!