3 Storeys: How to Break the Bollymom Stereotype

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3 Storeys: How to Break the Bollymom Stereotype

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


n Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, the one defining trait of Nandini Raichand (Jaya Bachchan) that remained indelibly etched in our collective memory was her ability to invoke her superpowers as the matriarch, and correctly deduce the arrival time of her elder son, mid-festivities. Nandini’s existence revolves around being utterly devoted to her sons and being willingly shackled by tradition to hold her husband and his egotistical decisions as absolute.

Similarly in Om Shanti Om, Bela Makhija (Kirron Kher), the OTT mother of a lowly extra Om Prakash Makhija (Shah Rukh Khan) vehemently believes that her son is destined to be the next superstar. Like Nandini, Bela, and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’s Lajjo (Farida Jalal), mothers in Bollywood over the decades have come bearing precise duties.