Horror of horrors! Film folks you DON'T want as parents!
May this misfortune never befall any of us, is all we can say...
Parents, unlike friends, we don't get to choose.
And there are all kinds of them in the world.
We get to see the more exaggerated versions in Hindi films.
Most times, they're not the kind we'd like to see a lot of. So what would life be like if these filmi parents stepped out of the silver screen and entered real life?
Take a look at why some of these onscreen parents would be a nightmare if they were for real!
Tara Singh from Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
Watching a jingoistic dad on screen is good fun. Value for money too, some would say.
But passing on those questionable values onto a son who will grow up in the age of legions of faceless internet trolls is stuff cyber crime horrors are made of.
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Image: Sunny Deol in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
Dr Viru Sahasrabuddhe from 3 Idiots
That Boman Irani is tyrannical father, who drives his only son to suicide by relentlessly pushing him towards a career he doesn't want to pursue, is besides the point.
Any child in their right mind would look for a way out if their father was as hopelessly dull as Irani's Dr Viru Sahasrabuddhe and talked like he suffered from a speech impairment.
Image: Bomna Irani in 3 Idiots
Raj Malhotra from Baghban
So you give your kids the life they deserve.
And what do they do? They treat you like garbage later on.
What was that phrase Indian parents spend their entire lives justifying?
Oh, that's right. Tough love.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan with Hema Malini and Salman Khan in Baghban
Nandini Raichand from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Don't get us wrong, Jaya Bachchan as Nandini Raichand was extremely likable in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
But the way she always instinctively looked at her palatial house's main door whenever her adoptive son was in the vicinity sorta freaked the living daylights out of us.
Does this mysterious sensory ability also work as far as her offsprings' other activities are concerned?
We're only asking because we're sure there are many things young adults will be better doing when they think no one's looking.
Image: Jaya Bachchan with Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Raj Singh Puri from Yaadein
It's great to have a hipster dad, believe us.
Sadly, it wasn't so in the early 2000s as Jackie Shroff's Raj Singh Puri in Yaadien will have you believe.
Inane sentimentality does not a cool dad make, sir.
Image: Jackie Shroff in Yaadein
Ramkishen from Hum Saath Saath Hai
Because seriously, sanskaari dad, standing in the frame like a prop when your kids are going through a tough time is never justified.
Get up, dust your ass off and show us the strength of character you’d earlier, so proudly too, claimed to have passed on to your nauseatingly virtuous sons.
Image: Alok Nath in Hum Saath Saath Hain
Salman Habib from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
What's worse than not having a dad?
Having one who couldn't care less about your existence.
Image: Naseeruddin Shah in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Kavita Kapoor from Cocktail
Because she's a judgmental, loud mother.
And the last thing we need is a filmi mother in real life when we can barely stand one on screen.
For a stronger argument, remember what it was like having your mum around in your teens?
Now imagine feeling the way you felt about her then for the rest of your life.
We rest our case.
Image: Dimple Kapadia in Cocktail
Mrs Acharya from Dostana
We live in an age when youngsters prefer to move around in all-inclusive social circles.
Imagine the horror of making your homophobe mum meet your gay friends.
It'll be like not knowing what pizza was in the 1990s.
In other words, social suicide.
Image: Abhishek Bachchan, Kirron Kher and John Abraham in Dostana
Dharamvir Malhotra from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
There are always two extremes to a spectrum and neither are good.
So the overly critical parent finds worthy competitor in the cloyingly indulgent one.
Please keep safe distance for sanity and perspective.
Image: Shah Rukh Khan and Anupam Kher in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge