The most iconic fathers we’ve come across in movies

A father could be considered the lighthouse that shows the right path to his children along with the mother when they feel lost in the sea of the world. Sometimes they can come off as harsh and unrealistic but in the end they are always looking out for their children. So, in order to celebrate the spirit of Father’s Day and appreciate fathers all across the world, let’s countdown some of the most iconic fathers we’ve come across in movies. These movies are in no particular order.

1. RamKishan (Alok Nath) - Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999)

Ramkishan is the picture perfect dad. Being the chairman of a large business empire, he has been able to raise his three sons and one daughter in luxury while also having instilled the value of family and also the difference between right and wrong. He also manages to keep his family together even after they get married. He loves to say “the family that eats together, prays together, stays together.”

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2. Raj Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan) - Baghban (2003)

Raj Malhotra is shown as someone who manages to raise his four sons on meagre salary and even manages to raise an adoptive son. Despite his best efforts, his sons grow up to be ungrateful and only think about their own motives while ignoring those of their parents. But the adoptive son turns out to be a caring and loving person who worships his parents. In the end, Raj and his wife have to disown their real sons due to their behaviour.

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3. Chaudhary Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri) - Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Baldev Singh is a traditional father who is as strict as he is gentle. He wants to marry off her daughter to his friend’s son but upon learning that his daughter’s happiness lies elsewhere, he allows her to be with the other person. His dialogue “Ja Simran, Ja” has become the stuff of legends.

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4. Emperor Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) - Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

This is the story of a father who, to preserve his empire’s integrity, decided against his son’s wish to marry the courtesan of his court. Though his son was defiant of his father’s decision till the end, his father still managed to separate the courtesan and his son, all in order to uphold the integrity of his empire.

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5. D. K. Malhotra (Naseeruddin Shah) - Masoom (1983)

D. K. Malhotra’s life takes a 180 degree turn when he discovers he has an illegitimate son. He is forced to bring him home to his wife and children. His wife is unaccepting of the child and due to this, D. K. has to take care of his family and the illegitimate son together. 

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6. Mahavir Singh Phogat (Amir Khan) - Dangal (2016)

Mahavir Singh is a wrestler of yesteryear who wants to make his daughters capable enough of winning the gold medal for India on international level by training them. He doesn’t consider his daughters any less than the sons he never had. He has brought up his daughters to be capable wrestlers and instilled them with the confidence to never let anyone tell them they are any lesser than a man. He famously says “Hamari choriyan choro se kam hai ke?”

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7. Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) - Jingle All The Way (1996)

Howard is the father of a son who wishes to have a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. But despite promising his son an action figure, Howard forgets to buy one and now must battle every other parent in the town who is after the same toy and face all odds to find an action figure of his son’s favorite superhero. In the end it is proved that every child’s first superhero is their father. 

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8. Chris Gardner (Will Smith)- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Chris Gardner is a father whose career is in a downward spiral and is trying his best to keep his family afloat. During the crisis, his wife decides to leave him and now is left all alone to care for his son while also trying to make a living. It is the story of a man’s courage and his will to carry on despite all the obstacles.

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9. Mr. Levenstein (Eugene Levy) - American Pie (1999 - 2012)

Mr. Levenstein is arguably one of the best on-screen dads of all time. His journey starts off as the father of a teen who’s about to enter college and with it, embark into adulthood. He is shown to be a supportive dad and also a father figure to the friends of his son who are in similar situations. He supports them, guides them, and advises them.

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10. Marlin (Albert Brooks) - Finding Nemo (2003)

He is a clownfish who is the father of a small Nemo who gets abducted from his home and gets taken to Sydney. In order to bring him back home, he embarks on a journey along with a forgetful fish. He survives against all odds and manages to reunite with his son. 

 

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