6 Legendary Indian Actresses Famous For Playing Cine-Maa On Screen

1:00 pm 28 Apr, 2014


You may have watched films without the motherly figures from Hollywood or elsewhere, but there is no Bollywood Cinema without a Cine-Maa adorning the screen. You may find it quite difficult to pick even a handful of movies without a mother in the storyline. Some Indian actresses have preferred the role of mothers since their debut, whereas other actresses have gone to adorn the role of the mothers to their romantic yesteryear heroes who somehow stopped aging.

Let us check out 6 famous mothers in Hindi Cinema who showered their motherly love on their onscreen children convincingly.

6. Reema Lagoo

Reema Lagoo is one of those rare actresses who debuted in Hindi Cinema as a mother. Her first role of mother was in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) where she played Juhi Chawla’s mother. Since then she has successfully showered motherly love on Salman Khan, Sridevi, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan and many more famous personalities and continues to do so even to this day.


Also Read: 7 Movies In Which Reema Lagoo Showered Her Motherly Love


5. Kirron Kher

Kirron Kher is one of the most glamorous and graceful woman to adorn the role of mother in Bollywood Cinema. She shone as a mother in films like Om Shanti Om, Apne, Veer Zara, Devdas, Fanaa and many more. Though cast in supporting roles in most of the films, her performance has always drawn rave reviews, sometimes surpassing those of the lead actors themselves.


4. Jaya  Bachchan

Though she was a bubbly, young and vivacious heroine before her marriage, Jay Bachchan easily slipped into the part of Bollywood mother in her second screen debut. Her love for her adopted son in Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham was amazing. It was an outstanding performance which touched the heart of movie goers. Her other memorable performances are from the movies Hazaar Chorasia Ki Maa, Kal Ho Na Ho, Fiza and Laga Chunari Mein Daag.


3. Durga Khote

Durga Khote ranks among the top actresses who have essayed the mother roles in Hindi cinema with great conviction. Her most notable performances among them were as Jodhabai Mughal-e-Azam and as Kaikeyi in Bharat Milap. Her other notable roles of mother were from  Charnon Ki Dasi , Mirza Ghalib, Bobby, Bidai and many more. She has acted in more than 200 films both in leading roles and also as in the supporting role of a mother to the leading characters.

Durga Khote

2. Nargis

Though Nargis set the screen ablaze with her romantic roles, especially in RK productions; she finally left her mark in Bollywood with the role of Mother India. The movie saw a rare Academy Award nomination, while the performance of Nargis as Radha was appreciated by everyone. It is amazing that though just only 26 years at the time, she played the role of the new wife, young single mother and an aged mother of two grown men with great flair.


1. Nirupa Roy

Nirupa Roy was mostly known for portraying character roles of the Indian mother whose life is stricken by misery.  More than Teji Bacchan, she would be identified as the mother of Amitabh Bacchan. Remember the most quoted dialogue from Bollywood, “Mere paas Maa hai” from Deewar?  Well she was the mother the son was referring to.  There is no doubt that she is the most popular mother in Hindi Cinema.