Battle of the Champions: Which of These is the Worst Mother? Kapoor & Sons, Kalank, or Agneepath?

I am highly prejudiced of course (as everyone is on subjective things like parenting), but to me these are the absolute WORST mothers in recent Hindi film. Would you agree? And which is really the worst?

Ratna Pathak Kapoor & Sons

Chose one son over the other over and over again their entire lives, so that the preferred son felt guilty whenever he let her down, and the non-preferred son failed at everything he tried thanks to his mother’s active sabotage. And when the non-preferred son confronted her, the excuse was “I knew you didn’t have it in you to succeed so what did it hurt to give your brother the advantages”. When the preferred son finally confessed insecurity and imperfection, her response was “how could you do this TO ME? You have ruined my life”. That’s pretty bad mothering.

Kapoor & Sons (2016)

Zarina Wahab Agneepath

Her ten year old son, who has been traumatized by witnessing the death of his father and fleeing in the dead of night from his home, in desperation picks up a gun and shoots a police officer who is threatening to rape a woman. So she throws him out of her life forever and doesn’t talk to him for 15 years, separating him from his sister who grows up not even knowing he exists, never forgiving him until seconds before he dies. Also pretty bad.

Hrithik Roshan shares his heartfelt experience in latest Instagram ...
“please love me mother! What do I have to do to make you love me????”

Madhuri Dixit in Kalank

She has an illegitimate son with her married lover, her lover hates his son, so in an effort to win him back she throws the son out onto the streets. Years later, her son falls in love, and instead of supporting him, she warns his girlfriend not to trust him. Is that the worst?

Vote! Which do you hate most? Or is there another mother who you watched and thought “nope, this is the worst ever”?

18 thoughts on “Battle of the Champions: Which of These is the Worst Mother? Kapoor & Sons, Kalank, or Agneepath?

  1. Well I feel like I have to say Deepti Naval from NH10 because she ordered her own daughter to be killed and abuses her daughter in law. Very hard to top that


  2. Shall we also add the Bhansali mothers to this list – Supriya Pathak (Ram Leela) and Tanvi Azmi (Bajirao). the first one used any means to get her daughter to obey including dismembering her and trying to assassinate her lover…The second one was also controlling her son and tried to kill his family…

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    • I hate Bhansali, so instead can I suggest Akbar’s foster mother from Jodha-Akbar/reality? Tried to control him, put her incompetant son in a high position, and finally had to be banished?

      On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 8:37 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  3. Out of these I’ve only ever seen Agneepath and it was such a different experience from watching American-made gangster movies because so often the American-made movies have moms that are gung-ho “you gotta do what you gotta do to protect our family and also the neighborhood” and the mom in Agneepath is so vicious to her son over everything he does! When bb Hrithik lies to the police to keep the gangster from coming down on their new neighborhood she wigs out, when he protects the woman from the police man she throws him out entirely! Then Petty Officer Integrity (termed by my sister) went and essentially ruined Big Strong Hrithik’s plan by ratting him out to the police….! All I’m saying is that Mama Corleone never ratted her husband Vito or her son Michael out to *anyone*


    • Thank you! She is really The Worst!!!!! And an ounce of understanding and “times are tough now son but you don’t have to take it all on your own shoulders” could have fixed his whole life. Instead of “I’m checking out of parenting and putting it all on you, oh wait I am checking back in again long enough to blame you for doing it all wrong”.

      On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 9:54 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  4. Madhuri in Kalank is not the worst from the list, but man how badly written her characters was. Everybody in this movie was badly written, to be honest, but she was also so boring and useless.

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    • YES! She really needed a monologue explaining things. We only got Varun’s description of what she did, not her own. I don’t think Varun is wrong, just that I wanted her to say “I was young, I was in love, it broke my heart to give up my son, blah blah”

      If not Madhuri, who would be your choice from this list or elsewhere?

      On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 9:38 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • I hate Ratna from Kapoor & Sons, but after having read your description of Agneepath mother (I haven’t seen the movie) I think she is the worst.


        • I forgot the Agneepath mother, after throwing her 10 year old son out of the house, years later went to a corrupt police officer to testify against him, because she trusted the police (who common sense should have told her were corrupt!) more than her own son. She really was The Worst.

          But I am glad to hear I am not the only one who hates Ratna in Kapoor & Sons. I had a couple people talk about her character in terms of an unfulfilled woman, forced to live vicariously through her son because she was forbidden from her own life. Which is probably true, but I don’t think that is a reason to forgive her and I still hate her!

          On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 9:53 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • THANK YOU!!!! I don’t care if your husband is cheating and your desire for a career is a constant frustration, you don’t take it out on your kids!

      On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 3:33 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • She is so bad in Agneepath! Holding firm to a black and white moral sense without caring what it does to the people around her.


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