Bollywood moms are always ready for a laugh and a wisecrack
Comedy has been a dominant genre in Bollywood and, one can argue, the best selling. There have been renowned comedians who have walked the hallowed halls of the Hindi film industry and then, there are some actresses who have essayed roles of mothers who are hilarious with a capital H. These women have great comic timing and can deliver the lamest of jokes in such a way that they elicit rip-roaring laughter. Here’s our pick of Bollywood’s funniest on-screen mothers.
Farida Jalal in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Who would have thought Farida Jalal, of all people, would make us laugh out loud? Her scenes in the movie with Johnny Lever were genius.
Kirron Kher in Dostana
If we had to pick our favourite part in Dostana besides Priyanka Chopra’s bikini entry on the beach, we’d pick Kher’s turn as the ma jiska ladla bigad gaya.
Himani Shivpuri in Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon
Okay, so Shivpuri’s character wasn’t written as a funny one but years later, her “toh phir problem kya hai?” has become one of the most hilarious dialogues in desi popular culture.
Dimple Kapadia in Cocktail
As the mother of playboy Saif Ali Khan, Kapadia is unintentionally funny. Her walk, her talk and her nicknames for Boman Irani took the cake.
Ratna Pathak in Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na
She was woke before woke was a thing. Her intelligent humour in the movie was the icing on the cake of this beautiful rom-com.
Kirron Kher in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Kirron Kher has made a career as the overbearing mother but in a movie that is so tragically heartbreaking, her scenes with Amitabh Bachchan brought us some much needed laughter.