Mothers Battle Against Themselves! Jaya Versus Jaya, Farida Versus Farida, Reema Versus Reema, Kirron Versus Kirron, Ratna Versus Ratna

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 Bachchan

Jaya in Kal Ho Na Ho

or Jaya in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

Farida Jalal

Farida in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

or Farida in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Reema Lagoo

Reema Lagoo in Kal Ho Na Ho

or Reema Lagoo in Maine Pyar Kiya

Kirron Kher

Kirron in Om Shanti Om

or Kirron in Main Hoon Na

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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!

10 thoughts on “Mothers Battle Against Themselves! Jaya Versus Jaya, Farida Versus Farida, Reema Versus Reema, Kirron Versus Kirron, Ratna Versus Ratna

  1. I don’t remember well the other mothers but can talk about Jaya. Kal Ho Naa Ho without doubt. In K3G she was like: oh I have a son, I’m happy and Oh I don’t have a son anymore I’m sad.


    • Your description of Jaya in K3G is perfect, except let me add also “I have another son but he doesn’t count”

      On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 12:27 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  2. Yay! This is my favorite kind of mother post! I have opinions.

    Jaya in KHNH. She’s great in K3G too, and her quiet resistance leading to the final confrontation with Amitabh is a key character conflict, but too much long suffering passivity for years. Her role in KHNH is irresistible, modern, flawed, but also incredibly strong and good.

    Farida is my favorite, and Farida in KKHH is my favorite Farida. She makes everyone around her better (especially child actress and Johnny Lever). She’s such a sweet, subversive foil to Shah Rukh, and she’s funny.

    Reema is the only one I can’t vote on, haven’t seen Maine Pyar Kiya. I agree that scene in KHNH is killer, but she barely has any lines in the rest of the movie.

    Kirron in Main Hoon Na. I love her in the first half of OSO but I think her supernatural mother sense is used as too much of a prop in the second half. The conflict between her and Shah Rukh in MHN is the real serious emotional heart of the movie, even beyond the brother bond. She’s allowed to be flawed, and wrong, and we get enough of her perspective through Kirron’s performance to sympathize with her anyway. That scene where she forgives and blesses him gets me every time.


    • another Jaya in KHNH! She is just amazing in that. And it occurs to me, she is the only mother on this list (or probably any other mothers in Indian film list) who specifically does NOT cook. Other mothers give love through food, her food is bland and bad because she is too busy dealing with everything else in life.

      I also am quite fond of Farida in KKHH. Doesn’t have the big emotional scenes like in DDLJ, but she is such a kick as kind of a comic figure. Comic, and loving, and powerful all at once.

      Reema in Maine Pyar Kiya has a lot to do, but feels more like Jaya in K3G to me (and Jaya in K3G clearly was partially based on her role in MPK too). Just not a lot happening with her. KHNH, only that one speech, but it is SO MUCH.

      I’ll give you Kirron in Main Hoon Na being more important than in OSO, but I just love her in OSO soooooooooooo much! She is having so much fun as an actress, maybe that is prejudicing me.

      On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 12:57 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Kirron in high drama mode is fun to watch, whenever she gets the wild hair, waving her arms around bits you can tell she’s having a blast. That’s what made me think of her in Devdas too. Good casting.


  3. I saw two movies in the last weeks with the same actress playing two very different mothers. Simone Singh – she was the best and most beautiful mom in Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, and bad and abusive mother in Love Aaj Kal 2. I couldn’t believe it is the same actress. I’m sad both movies flopped because I want to see her more often on the big screen.


    • Oh! This is related to your other comment about Karan! The same actress played Rukhsar, Kajol’s friend, in K3G!


      • She was also in KHNH as one of Saif’s girlfriends who didn’t work out. She was so beautiful in all these films that I have a hard time believing she is now playing “mother roles.” 😦


        • When I saw her in Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, she was so beautiful I didn’t understand she is heroine’s mother, I thought maybe older sister really.


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