I hope this is a fun post for folks, if you care as much about mother roles as I do, and maybe after this one we can take the Champion mothers and have them battle with each other.
I get to pick the roles! Some of these women played mothers so many times it could make your head explode. So I picked the most iconic and familiar performances only. And now you get to pick between the two.
Jaya in Kal Ho Na Ho
or Jaya in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
Farida in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
or Farida in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Reema Lagoo in Kal Ho Na Ho
or Reema Lagoo in Maine Pyar Kiya
Kirron in Om Shanti Om
or Kirron in Main Hoon Na
Ready for my picks?
Jaya in Kal Ho Na Ho: K3G is all about mother love and sappy crying and stuff, but she doesn’t actually DO much until the very end. Jaya in Kal Ho Na Ho is all about doing stuff, keeping the family together, confronting her horrible mother-in-law, running a business, mothering as an actions. So, I pick active Jaya!
Farida Jalal in DDLJ: I’m tempted by Farida in KKHH partly because she is both a mother and a grandmother, so double good. But she is such an awesome mother in DDLJ, choosing her daughter’s happiness over her husband. That wins.
Reema in Kal Ho Na Ho: This is a really hard one! She has a lot more screentime in Maine Pyar Kiya, and even gets in at the action scene at the end. But nothing to compare with her teary scene with Shahrukh in Kal Ho Na Ho as he confesses his love for Preity and his awareness that he can’t do anything about it, and she responds with motherly denial and reassurance.
Kirron in Om Shanti Om: Oh man! Main Hoon Na is essentially all about Kirron as a mother, winning her love is why Shahrukh does everything. But Om Shanti Om is about Kirron as the faithful mother who waits for her son through two lives. I just DON’T KNOW!!!!! I think I’m going to go with OSO just because of the slight screentime advantage.
What are your picks? This is a vote, so majority rules, vote early and vote often!