It is a boon to be unconditionally loved once in your life,
but it is a miracle to be loved with the same selflessness twice. Step
relations have a diametrical appearance, clashing with the cooked
falsehood of society to an unknown better reality. Bollywood movies
revolving around a parent-child relationship are numerous, and even more
so are those which explore the tender relation of a step-parent-child.
Viewed from all possible angles, the dynamics of relationships which are
not bound by blood but by lawful relationships has always been a
favorite subject of our creative directors. On Step Family Day,
we are going to talk about this second loving heart, commonly known as
step-mother/ step-father in a person's life. Lets see how this one
subject is differently dealt with over the years in our films.
An old gem starring Sulakhsana Pandit, Jeetendra and Reena Roy, Apnapan
is a riveting take on the step-parent-child relationship. Generally,
the birth mother/father are dead in movies revolving around a
step-relationship, but not here. Here the couple was divorced and the
birth mother of Jeetendra's son was very much alive and eventually very
much around. She was truly repenting, genuinely loving and really
interested in having her son back in her life. But the bond the small
kid shared with his kind and loving step-mother usurped any possibility
of his birth mother having a place in his life.
A hard hitting take on a step-mother's attitude towards her step-child, Masoom
was a cult movie of its time and classic still remembered with awe.
Thankfully missing the usual sugary love and cliched cruel hatred, a
step-relationship was realistically portrayed and brilliantly enacted in
this movie. The nuances of such a complicated bond were very well
depicted. In fact Shabana Azmi and child-artist Jugal Hansraj outdid
themselves. Both helpless and bitter at being caught in an unwanted
relationship of mother-son, shadowed by the said mother's husband's
infidelity, they brought tears to many a eyes.
If there was a masala
movie made on step-parent-child relationship ever in Bollywood, then it was Beta
Aruna Irani and Anil Kapoor starrer, this film had all the ingredients
of a blockbuster. From a manipulative step-mother to a dutiful step-son,
from a cunning step-mother-in-law to a sharp-daughter-in-law, from a
helpless henpecked husband to a good for nothing real son. Planning,
plotting, property, you name it, this super hit drama had it. No wonder
it garnered the kind of success it did with masses.
A modern day Ramayan
with an impressive star cast, this Suraj Barjatya blockbuster deals
with how society views a step-parent-child relationship. It does not
matter to gossip mongers if the step-mother loves her step-child, or
that the step-child worships his step-mother, the opinionated society
does not shy away from pointing fingers and in turn ruining what was a
very beautiful relationship between a mother and her step-son. Reema
Lagoo and Mohnish Behl did full justice to their roles, with the rest of
the actors enacting their support with brilliance.
lot has been said and shown about step mothers in Bollywood, but this
unique film dealt with the love of a step-father towards his step-son. A
son who was killed in post 9/11 hate crime for the simple reason that
he took his Muslim step-father's last name, My Name Is Khan
have been marketed and dealt as a socially religious
film but this beautiful relationship was the core of the movie's story.
The step-father, played by ever talented Shah Rukh Khan takes a life
altering journey to clear his name and bring justice to his dead son in
front of the USA authorities and the world at large was soul searching
The official Bollywood remake of Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon starrer Hollywood flick, Stepmom
this movie explores the dynamics where step-children have the power and
inclination to reject their step-mother, rather than it being the other
way round like it generally is. With their real mother fighting for
life against a terminal illness, not appreciative of a step-mother's
love, willful kids refuse to let their father's second wife love them.
How these dynamics change and how the two women in these kids lives,
portrayed by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kajol Devgn come to an
understanding, is all what this film is about.
dear friends, blood is not thicker in every case. A loving heart and
genuine intentions can go as far, if not more. A step relationship does
not have to be always cruel or always extremely loving. A
step-relationship can be as real as a blood relationship. There can be
tears and smiles both in it, such is a beauty of it. Do let us know about your views on this reverent relationship in the comment box below. Signing off on that note, we'll see you all soon with Bollywood's another peculiar take on emotions.
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