A mother is given the Goddess-like stature in human society. Bollywood has depicted mother as an epitome of enduring devotion and unconditional love. As ‘step’ is added before the word mother, the whole picture changes. Stepmom is always imagined as a portrait of vicious temperament and mean thoughts.
However, B-wood directors have depicted several faces of step-mommies in their movies. Here is a list of memorable on-screen step-moms:
1. Lalita Pawar, Bahu Rani
Lalita Pawar was the first choice of directors, for the roles of wicked matriarchs and stepmoms. The role of step-mother she played in the movie Bahu Rani (1963) was remarkable. In the film, she always favours her on-screen son (Feroz Khan) and make the life hell for her step son (Guru Dutt) and his wife (Mala Sinha), with her cunning and cruel tricks.
2. Padmini Kolhapure, Woh Saat Din
Padmini Kolhapure played the role of a loving stepmom in Woh Saat Din. She married off against her wishes, to a widower Dr. Anand (Naseeruddin Shah). He promises to unite Maya (Padimini) with her lover, but she get so attached with Dr. Anand’s little daughter that finally, she refuses to go with her lover.
3. Archana Puran Singh, Raja Hindustani
Archana Puran Singh played the role of an indigenous brand of Cinderella’s stepmom to Karisma Kapoor, in the movie Raja Hindustani. Shalini Sehgal (Archana) created irresolvable misunderstandings in the married life of her step-daughter Aarti (Karishma).
4. Urmila Matondkar, Judaai
Kajal (Sridevi) forces her husband Raaj (Anil Kapoor) to marry Janhvi (Urmila) in exchange for money. She begins to live life in her own way and neglects her own children. She insists the children to call her ‘Mummy’ instead of “Maa” as this symbolizes high society. On the other hand, Jahnvi tries her best to become a super mom to her step kids.
5. Reema Lagoo, Hum Sath Sath Hai
Misguided by some of her friends, Mamta (Reema Lagoo) tries to separate Prem (Salman Khan) and Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) from their loving step-brother Vivek (Mohinish Behl), in order to evade prospective property disputes.
6. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Devdas
Who can forget Paro of Devdas? In the movie, circumstances compel Paro to (Aishwarya Rai) marry a 40-year old widower Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhry (Vijayendra Ghatge), who is a father of three grown children. Well, it was amusing for the audiences when Thakur’s son, who has the similar age of Paro, addressed her as Choti Maa. But, Paro didn’t mind it!
7. Rekha, Dil Hai Tumhaara
Although Saritaji (Rekha) adopts Shalu (Preity Zinta) to fulfil the promise she made to her late husband, but she is emotionally partial to Shalu. Saritaji doesn’t give a bit of her love to Shalu and shows all the affection to her real daughter Nimmi (Mahima Chaudhry) only.
8. Sushma Seth, Dhadkan
In the movie Dhadkan, Sushma Seth plots against her obedient step son- Ram (Akshay Kumar). She is interested only in his money and leaves no chance to make derogatory remarks about him, in order to support her equally depraved children- Nikki (Manjeet Kullar) and Bob (Parmeet Sethi).
9. Kareena Kapoor, Bewafaa
The untimely death of Aarti (Sushmita Sen) forces her sister Anjali (Kareena Kapoor), to marry her brother-in-law Aditya (Anil Kapoor) against Anjali’s wishes. Her only source of consolation is her two adorable step-daughters. Just for the sake of these babies, Anjali is bound to give up her blossoming love with Raja (Akshay Kumar). The movie leaves a message that a woman can deceive her family but a mom cannot.