Movies on Mothers represent a separate class. True feelings, unconditional love and the motherly feel are main ingredients of classy Mother’s Day movies.
In recent times, motherhood has been considered as a perfect subject to work upon and many movie makers have come out with ultimate movies on mothers. A simple and sweet movie can create wonders on this day for your mom if it is based on the relationship you share with her. So, enjoy this Mother’s Day in a special manner by watching a special movie with your darling mom. If you want to spend this Sunday watching movies with your mom to celebrate Mother’s Day, I recommend these top 10 flicks.
1. Freaky Friday (Hollywood)
One of the best Hollywood mother-daughter movies, ‘Freaky Friday’ is a remake of the 1976 original – which itself was adapted from Mary Rodgers’ novel by the same name. The misunderstandings and fights of a teenage rebel child and a strict single mother are blown away once they switch bodies due to an enchanted Chinese fortune cookie. Once they start living the life of each other, they realise the goodness of one another. Once that realisation sets it, both are transferred back to their own bodies – happy ending!
2. Mother India (Bollywood)
One of the biggest all-time blockbusters from the 50s, ‘Mother India’ is a stark film after ‘Freaky Friday’. It tells the story of a poverty-stricken single mother in rural India who battles all odds to raise her sons, battling it out against an evil moneylender. Setting ideal examples for an Indian woman, the climax sees her killing her criminal son for the greater good.
3. Shakti: The Power (Bollywood)
A remake of the 1991 Hollywood movie ‘Not Without My Daughter’, which in turn was an adaptation of Betty Mahmoody’s novel on her real life story by the same name, ‘Shakti: The Power’ is a 2002 Boney Kapoor-Sridevi production. It is definitely one of Karishma Kapoor’s best performances. It is a story of a mother’s tribulations as she tries to escape a violent feudal gang war that her father-in-law is embroiled in.
4. Juno (Hollywood)
If we are talking about premarital pregnancy, then ‘Juno’ definitely deserves a mention. Without promoting unplanned pregnancy, we think this is a film that deals with the topic in the sweetest way possible. When a 16-year-old is faced with the dilemma of keeping the baby versus abortion, it could be quite life-changing. And when she opts for the former, the drama that follows is certainly not understated. But not in this movie, where everyone is quite supportive – a ‘fantasy’ genre?
5. Tehzeeb (Bollywood)
This 2003 flick was not one of the best performing movies at the box-office. However, the bitter-sweet relationship between mother Shabana Azmi and daughter Urmila Matondkar was poignantly portrayed, and both won much accolades from critics. With both persons being individually strong-minded about their values – even blood ties can sometimes be stretched thin. And ‘Tehzeeb’ explores that beautifully.
6. Erin Brokovich (Hollywood)
Why this is a great Mother’s Day movie is because this too is based on a real-life story – and it cheers one up to realise that such people (read: women) exist. Now a part of pop culture, ‘Erin Brokovich’ tells the tale of a single mother raising three kids and how she fights her legal and professional battles – coming up on top in the end.
7. Rang De Basanti (Bollywood)
I loved the part when the mother sings “Lukka chuppi bahut hui”. After a group of friends graduate from Delhi University, they listlessly haunt their old campus, until a British filmmaker (Alice Patten) casts them in a film she’s making about freedom fighters under British rule. Although the group is largely apolitical, the tragic death of a friend owing to local government corruption awakens their patriotism. Inspired by the freedom fighters they represent in the film, the friends collectively decide to avenge the killing.
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Hollywood)
Because every girl needs their mother to utter the immortal words: “We women may be lambs in the kitchen, but we are tigers in the bedroom”, right? A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.
9. Khoobsurat (Bollywood)
A hopelessly romantic physiotherapist (Sonam Kapoor) falls in love with a Rajput prince (Fawad Khan) who is not only her complete opposite but also is engaged to someone else. The relationship between Sonam Kapoor and her mother (Kirron Kher) in the movie is amusing!
10. Stepmom (Hollywood)
Another tearjerker that stars Ed Harris, Julia Robert and Susan Sarandon. This movie revolves around a terminally-ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her ex-husband’s life, who will be their new stepmother. Well, don’t forget to prepare a box of facial tissue while enjoying the movie on Mother’s day with your mommy.