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Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
RANG DE BASANTI and SINGH IS KINNG
While accepting the Oscars, Rahman, who got it for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, said it would not have been possible but for the yeomen contribution that his mother had made in his career. Mothers have indeed played a very important role in the celluloid oeuvre but the manner in which there role has evolved during the last five years is in sync with the changing norms associated with mothers. Now she is a mom who is Sexy as well, as it was shown through one of the songs in 13B, the Big Flicks film.
Now they are not figures worth reverence but are more evolved and ethereal, not relying glycerin to tie a son or the daughter to their apron but adoring a Jeans and ready to strike it out with their children in the rough. The first inkling of the changing role of the mother was shown in Ramesh Sippy's SAAGAR, where Nadira was the mom who understood the pathos of the son, but as the experimentation in the role of mother was being undertaken she was portrayed as a Christian mother. May be, using the context of Christianity was presumed to provide a veritable tool to experiment with the attire of the mom as also the attitude. In the same manner a modern mom played by Jaya Bachchan in Karan Johar's KAL HO NA HO showed wearing Jeans, but again she was portrayed as the Christian mother. May be, our film makers still were not able to think out of box and portray a mom in the modern attire, if she was playing a Hindu character.
If Nirupa Roy was symptomatic of the mother that had to be revered, Kiron Kher is symptomatic of the mother who can be friend, philosopher and guide, a mother who is in sync with the modern reality and who does not believe in shedding glycerin tears. Therefore she adored in RANG DE BASANTI reveling in the bumbling of her son, but praying for her welfare, as a mother tormented about the welfare of her daughter in SINGH IS KINNG or as a mother who does not have a problem about accepting bi-sexuality of his son in DOSTANA. RANG DE BASANTI is interestingly an interesting juxtaposition between a mother from the era gone by, portrayed by Waheeda Rahman and a mother who represented the modern times, as portrayed by Kiron Kher.
May be, the evolution of the mother in the modern times has to be seen in the context of the manner in which the society is evolving where mother is not relegating herself to the background, but is ready to slug it out for the betterment of her child till the time she has energy in her soul.