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Father's still fighting to get recognition

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Download Mugal-E-Azam WallpapersWhile the Indian Society is considered to be a paternalistic society, as far as the films made in the Hindi film industry is concerned fathers have not got the same level of recognition as the mothers' have been getting through various films. Whenever mothers are talked about the reverence to motherhood is made by remembering the roles etched by Nirupama Roy in DEEWAR, Nargis in MOTHER INDIA or the mother of MAINE PYAAR KIYA, which heralded the era of friendly mothers. However, the fathers' are not remembered with same reverence inspite of the fact that there have been some legendary performances in the role of fathers. The only role of a father of this era, which is remembered with fondness, is that played by Prithviraj Kapoor in MUGHAL-E-AAZAM, but here again father is a figure of hatred as he is the stumbling block in the union between the heroine and the hero. The whole premise of AWAARA of Raj Kapoor was based on the hatred against the father, and the hatred got converted into love for father when Raj Kapoor before going to the jail expressed the desire to Nargis that he wanted to become a great barrister like his father as he was a loveable man. Then in Dev Anand's KALA PAANI the hero through out the film was in the search of a father and a song, Hum Bekhudi Mein…, which is generally construed to be a love song, is in fact the outburst of a son who is searching for his father. This was probably the only film where the search for a father formed the basis of the film.

Probably the father started getting bad blood after the success of DEEWAR and owing to the dialogue ‘Mera Baap Chor Hai’. A sense of dissatisfaction against the father in fact was one of the catalytic factors that endured the image of anti-hero in the Indian cinema. This is evident from the super hit films of the time like DEEWAR, LAWARIS, TRISHUL, MUQUADDAR KA SIKANDER, Download Main Aisa Hi Hoon WallpapersSHAKTI etc., all where the hero had a personal anguish against the father. It was only in AMAR AKBAR and ANTHONY that a father was viewed in somewhat a positive light. Even in SHARAABI, it was the father who was demonized, and was the trigger point of revolt. One film that however did great service to the institution of fatherhood was DADDY where the wronged father's side was projected, and it was one of the few films where a daughter fought to redeem the reputation of the father. Interestingly enough, fathers of daughters had always been portrayed as a weeping and merciful type and the epitome was the same was Naseer Hussain. One stark point of departure was in MAUSAM where a father blamed his daughter for the death of his wife, otherwise father-daughter had a fantastic relationship in most of the films. Ashok Kumar brought out the role of the father from the closet and interpreted in a fatherly manner through various roles that gave the sense of respectability that was the requiem for a father. With the advent of new breed of films, fathers started being projected in a favorable manner, but interestingly enough it was the relationship between the daughter and the father, which was used to show him in a favorable manner as it happened in KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, MAIN AISA HI HOON etc. Father and son still had a love and hate relationship, and there was a modicum of respect that was given to a father in QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK, where a song was dedicated to the father. It was however through the roles as they were written in KABHIE KHUSHI KABHIE GUM, and Sexy Sam in KABHIE ALVIDA NA KEHNA that father has started getting respect in the films.
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May be the relationships that fathers have with their children are complex, and so fathers are not portrayed in the same passionate manner as it happens with the mothers, because mothers are always shown to bring compassion and emotion to the approach, which the fathers do not. Even Cicero the great thinker of Greek era had written in 110 B.C. that times are bad and the children do not obey the fathers, but the children have not been as exorcised, as a father through the Hindi films.

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