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The Baaps and Betis of Bollywood

January 31, 2019 09:23 IST

Looking at Bollywood's Daddy moments.

He is her hero.

She is his baby.

The bond between dads and daughters is strong and special. But it's had its share of hiccups too.

Shelly Chopra Dhar's Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga explores one such as Anil and Sonam Kapoor reconstruct their real-life father-daughter relationship for the big screen around the theme of same sex romance.

Now that's a first.

Meanwhile, Sukanya Verma takes us back to the different baap-beti equations depicted on screen so far.

 

Anupama

In Hrishikesh Mukherjee's sensitive drama, a father (Tarun Bose) resents his daughter (Sharmila Tagore) after losing his wife during childbirth.

His cold treatment fuels her guilt until she comes of age and finds courage in an enlightened young man's (Dharmendra) philosophy and poetry.

 

Daddy

Inspired by director Mahesh Bhatt's own battle with alcoholism, Daddy tells the story of a teenage girl's (Pooja Bhatt) dedicated efforts to get her drunkard father, a faded ghazal singer (Anupam Kher), rid of his addiction.

 

Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin

Anupam Kher and Pooja Bhatt's endearing chemistry is at work again as they slip in the role of indulgent papa and pampered princess who row and reconcile over the latter's love interests.

 

Piku

Amitabh Bachchan's constipation woes and brash candour, Deepika Padukone's harried expressions and extraordinary patience define the bittersweet nature of their father-daughter bond and the journey they embark on in Piku.

 

Mili

A loving father is forced to keep a smiling face for the sake of his dying daughter in the heartrending Mili. It's not easy, but he tries.

Two of Hindi cinema's most natural acts, Ashok Kumar and Jaya Bachchan, paint the screen in all shades of sentiment as they experience life at its liveliest and most lethal.

 

Dard Ka Rishta

The irony of being in the profession of saving lives and feeling helpless when your daughter is diagnosed of a deadly disease is played out to tear-jerking effect in Sunil Dutt and Khushboo's Dard Ka Rishta.

 

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Being a single parent can be daunting unless you're a dapper, doting Papa like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai's Shah Rukh Khan to the precocious Sana Saeed.

He will do anything to please the apple of his eye. From landing at a summer camp at the sound of her sneeze to break up his best friend's wedding because she'd like a new mommy.

 

Lootera

The first few minutes of Vikramaditya Motwane's period love story establish how close this father-daughter jodi is.

When Sonakshi Sinha's asthma acts up, a warm Barun Chanda tells her the story of a king whose immortality is locked inside a parrot. If the bird dies, so does he.

Bottom-line, she's his life. If she hurts, so will he. And that's exactly what happens few reels later.

 

Chachi 420

Kamal Haasan takes a leaf out of Mrs Doubtfire's book and masquerades as a middle-aged nanny at his ex-wife's to be close to their daughter -- that's baby Fatima Sana Shaikh in the eternally droll Chachi 420.

The little moppet straightaway recognises daddy under all that prosthetic but happily plays along.

 

Khubsoorat

One glimpse of David and his vivacious betis, Rekha and Aradhana, in their living room playing cards or exchanging kaafiyas is enough to tell us about their adorable camaraderie and deep affection. Nirmal Anand, you bet!

 

Bareilly Ki Barfi

He's a far cry from the overprotective pitajis cluttering Bollywood movies.

Pankaj Tripathi's cool, casual, buddy-like, partner-in-smoke daddy to carefree, not-your-usual susheel beti Kriti Sanon is refreshingly free of compulsions and affectations.

 

Raazi

In Meghna Gulzar's Raazi, Rajit Kapoor and Alia Bhatt practise patriotism before personal relations.

And so when a man learns he's dying, he passes on his spying legacy to his college-going daughter through a political marriage across the border. She quietly embraces this ;watan ke aage kuch nahi' ideology, no questions asked.

 

Bewakoofiyan

As the concerned albeit overprotective daddy of a successful career woman, played by Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor leaves no stone unturned to ensure her future husband measures up to her in every way in the tradition of typical rom-com dads.

 

Dangal

Aamir Khan's hanikarak bapu makes life hell for his daughters to achieve his dream of winning gold for India in wrestling.

From forcing them to give up junk food to making them slog hard in the ring, the demanding daddy of Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, inspired by the real-life Phogats, will stop at nothing.

 

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

As the strict, conservative NRI father of two girls, Amrish Puri is a picture of shuddh desi authority and seriousness.

Under that hard, unrelenting exterior though is a caring father who agrees to let his daughter go on a Europe vacation and, eventually, to 'je le apni zindagi.'

 

Hasee Toh Phasee

All through the quirky Hasee Toh Phasee, Parineeti Chopra hopes to seek her disgruntled father's validation.

She has stolen from him and regrets it. He's had a heart attack because of it but misses her.

When they finally reunite after seven years, it's 'aww' in big, bold letters.

 

Khamoshi-The Musical

Nana Patekar and Manisha Koirala capture the repercussions of a father's handicap and bitterness on his gifted daughter as they threaten to pull her away from her one passion -- music. Except he cares more than he lets on.

 

Cheeni Kum

Few dads will be elated to learn their daughter is dating a man older than him. Paresh Rawal, too, is not exactly on cloud nine when Tabu brings Amitabh Bachchan home and does everything to rub in the budhapa.

 

Ankhon Dekhi

The quintessential daddy's girl, Maya Sarao finds both sympathy and support in Sanjay Mishra's heartfelt, dinner-feeding Bauji after her selection of husband is met with disapproval. She's equally receptive of her father's mood and his respective lows.

 

Gupt

How far can a father go to protect his child even when they are in the wrong? Ask Gupt.

So Paresh Rawal not only conceals her medical condition but also takes the blame for his psychotic serial killer daughter Kajol's deeds because he loves her too much to see her behind bars.

 

Bhoomi

From combing lice out of reel daughter Aditi Rao Hydari's hair to wrecking havoc on her assaulters, Sanjay Dutt takes his daddy duties with law-breaking urgency in the vendetta potboiler Bhoomi.

 

Pataakha

As the impoverished single father of two sparring daughters (Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan) in Vishal Bhardwaj's madcap movie, Vijay Raaz spends all his screen time making peace, marrying them off, realising the futility of his actions until the climatic masterstroke.

Killing two birds in one stone, it reconciles the sisters and realise their affection for their poor father.

Sukanya Verma
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