On-screen Stepmoms: Then & Now

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Mother is given the Goddess-like stature in human’s life. Bollywood has also depicted mother as an epitome of enduring devotion and unconditional love. As the word ‘step’ adds before 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 the list of unforgettable step-moms of the silver screen.

1.  Lalita Pawar, Bahu Rani


Lalita Pawar was the first choice of then 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 favour 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 gets 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 Cinderella’s stepmom to Karisma Kapoor in the movie Raja Hindustani. In the movie, Shalini Sehgal (Archana) creates irresolvable misunderstandings in the married life of her step-daughter, Aarti (Karisma).

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) try to separate Prem (Salman Khan) and Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) from their loving step-brother Vivek (Mohnish 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 (Aishwarya Rai) to marry a 40-year old widower, Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhry (Vijayendra Ghatge), who is a father of 3 grown children. Well, it was amusing for the audiences when Thakur’s son, almost of the similar age as 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 her affection to her real daughter, Nimmi (Mahima Chaudhry).

8Sushma 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


Due to untimely death of Aarti (Sushmita Sen), her sister Anjali (Kareena Kapoor) is forced to marry brother-in-law, Aditya (Anil Kapoor), against her 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 left a message that a woman can deceive her family, but a mom cannot.