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VOTE! Your Favourite Filmi Mother

Last updated on: May 10, 2013 14:59 IST
Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan in Paa

The Cine'Ma' has a special corner in our hearts.

From Nirupa Roy to Vidya Balan, we've seen a whole variety of onscreen moms.

As we celebrate Mother's Day, we take a look back and celebrate the filmi moms.

Which onscreen mom is your personal favourite? Click through the slide show and vote at the end!

Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan played mom to a way older Amitabh Bachchan in Paa. And she did quite a brilliant job, as the loving, strong yet heartbroken mom to a child, diagonised with a rare disease.

Kajol

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Kajol with Aanchal Munjal, Nominath Ginsburg and Diya Sonecha in We Are Family

Adapted from Stepmom, Kajol played a cancer-stricken mom to three kids, Aanchal Munjal, Nominath Ginsburg and Diya Sonecha.

Even in her losing battle with death, Kajol manages to remain cheerful and happy. Quite heart-wrenching, really.

Madhuri Dixit

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Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachle

Madhuri Dixit played a gorgeous mom in her comeback film, Aaja Nachle, and danced into our hearts with her performance.

We've seen her play mom in the past as well, in 1992's Sangeet.

Sridevi

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Sridevi and Shivansh Kotia in English Vinglish

A mother, who feels she isn't respected by her family thanks to her poor English-speaking skills, she overcomes her shortcomings in quite the dramatic way.

Sridevi's mom here is quite the opposite of her character in Judaai -- her last film before retirement -- where she played a greedy mother, who 'sells' her husband.

Ratna Pathak Shah

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Imran Khan and Ratna Pathak Shah in Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na

Ratna Pathak Shah played a cool mom to Imran Khan in Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na, with some great comic timing.

It was different from her snooty, socialite mother to Imran again, in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu.

Kirron Kher

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Kirron Kher in Devdas

Kirron Kher has played mother to many actors/actresses down the years, like Katrina Kaif in Singh is Kinng, Abhishek Bachchan in Dostana, Shah Rukh Khan's mother in Om Shanti Om, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's mother in Devdas...

Reema Lagoo

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Reema Lagoo in Vaastav

Another popular cine-mom, Reema Lagoo has played mom to actors like Salman Khan (Maine Pyar Kiya, Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar), Shah Rukh Khan (Kal Ho Naa Ho), Kareena Kapoor (Main Prem Ki Deewnai Hoon) and Sanjay Dutt (Vaastav).

Smita Jaykar

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Darshan Jariwala, Ranbir Kapoor and Smita Jaykar in Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahaani

Smita Jaykar has played various shades of mom in the movies -- from Ranbir's fun-loving mother in Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahaani to Shah Rukh Khan's arrogant mother in Devdas.

Hema Malini

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Saahil Chadda, Amitabh Bachchan, Arzoo Govitrikar, Samir Soni, Hema Malini and Divya Dutta in Baghban
Hema Malini played a tough mother to Madhuri Dixit in Jamai Raja, a loving mother to Salman Khan in Baghban and Baabul, and Shah Rukh Khan in Veer Zaara.

Jaya Bachchan

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Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gaam

All of Bollywood actors simply Jaya Bachchan and many list her as their favourite onscreen mom.

She has played mother to Shah Rukh Khan quite a few times in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gaam and Kal Ho Naa Ho, as well as to Karisma Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in Fiza.

But her best mother performance has to be the one in Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, as she plays mom to a dead Naxalite son.

Aruna Irani

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Aruna Irani in Beta

Aruna Irani played an evil mother to Anil Kapoor in Beta, and a loving mother to Govinda in Raja Babu.

And then, there were similar roles in Khatta Meetha, Suhaag, Haqeeqat and Jaan.

Raakhee

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Salman Khan, Raakhee, Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Arjun

Raakhee has played mother to many actors in the movies but she's best remembered for her role in Karan Arjun, where she waits endlessly for her sons (Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan).

Maya Alagh

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Maya Alagh

Renowned actress Maya Alagh has played mom to various actors like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Umrao Jaan), Akshay Kumar (Mere Jeevan Saathi) and Ajay Devgn (LOC: Kargil and Kachche Dhaage).

Farida Jalal

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Zayed Khan, Farida Jalal and Satyadeep Misra in Love Breakups Zindagi

Always a fun mom to have around, Farida Jalal has played mom to Kajol (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge), Ajay Devgn (The Legend of Bhagat Singh) and Akshay Kumar (Dil Toh Pagal Hai).

Beena Banerjee

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Beena Banerjee in Zevar

We have seen actress Beena Banerjee on screen through the years, playing mom to actors like Manisha Koirala (Lajja), Bipasha Basu (Rakht) and Bobby Deol (Barsaat, Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai).

Nirupa Roy

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Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy and Amitabh Bachchan in Deewar

The most famous mother on the list, Nirupa Roy made a career out of playing mom to Amitabh Bachchan in films like Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony and Mard.

VOTE! Your Favourite Filmi Mother

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Vidya Balan, Kajol, Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kiron Kher, Reema Lagoo, Smita Jaykar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan, Aruna Irani, Rakhee, Maya Alag, Farida Jalal, Beena Banerjee, Nirupa Roy

So what are you waiting for? Vote now!