With Father’s Day upon us, we look back at Indian cinema and how dads are portrayed in them. Cinema plays an important role in people’s life; the life-likeness of characters amuses you and entertains you. So here is our list of dads in cinema, find out which one is yours:
The first person that comes to our mind is Bhashkor played by Amitabh Bachchan from Piku. Always irritating people, especially his daughter, for things like his potty, he was more of a kid than a father. But when it came to taking care of the children, he did it the best.
Amrish Puri takes the throne for playing most of the strict dad roles. He is the kind who would always come between the happiness of the protagonists but ultimately allowed them the freedom in the climax. In movies like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Gadar, he has shown that dads are really tough to break but they ultimately do because of their love for children. Add to that, Prithviraj Kapoor in Mughal-e-Azam.
Remember Anupam Kher from the movie Daddy starring Pooja Bhatt? Well, if you don’t, you should watch the movie. It is one of the best movies in Bollywood to have shown a father-daughter relationship. Kher plays the role of a drunkard dad who loses custody of his child because of his ill habits. His daughter ultimately redeems him and he comes out as a responsible father.
Sanskar, parampara, adar-satkar are all that this kind of fathers expect out of their children. Alokenath played a majorly of roles of this kind and he was everything that is right with being a father- kind, considerate and well behaved (I can’t believe I said that).
Remember Kader Khan? Well, he is the dad who would make you laugh with his jokes. In movies like, Coolie no. 1, Judwaa and others, he has played a father’s part quite comically. Boman Irani also did it to an extent in movies like Housefull.
Anupam Kher has done all kinds of daddy roles, and he has also played this cool hippy dad in movies like Kya Kehna, Kya Super Kool Hai Hum. He is always happy and unintentionally makes innuendos all the time! More like friends than dads.
A very new installation in Bollywood, we now have superhero dads like Krissh and Ra.One. They are the kind of dad we all want, dads with superhero power who would travel the world to save your life. But if we think closely, everyone of us considers our dads as superheroes!
Rishi Kapoor comes to our mind when we talk of flamboyancy, in movies like Hum Tum, Patiyala House and then as a grandfather in the latest, Kapoor and Sons. He has play dads who enjoy their life to the fullest and walk shoulder to shoulder as modern bachelors with their sons and daughters.
Remember Rohit Roy from Udaan and Parikshit Sahni from 3 Idiots? Well, they are the strictest dads whose behaviour could be considered the same as a bully’s. You wouldn’t want to mess with these kind of dads and would rather do what they want.
The first example that comes to my mind is of the father from the Bengali movie Adalawtey Ekti Meye, where the father supports his raped daughter throughout the movie and even stands beside her for justice when she goes to the court. Such dads are also there in the movies and real life, a kind to be treasured forever.