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“Mere paas Maa nahin, Mom hai”

In today's Bollywood or in Hindi movies, ‘Maa’ has become a pass(e) and (glam) Mom is the word. Mothers in a majority of Hindi films today are either filthy rich or very poor, leaving no space for family dramas and the middle-class

Gone are the days when the on-screen mothers in Bollywood would sing lullabies in their soft voices, those pain-filled eyes reflecting their sacrifices, their adoring smile and strokes that soothed away fears, their all-encompassing equation with their on-screen sons.

From "Mother India" (1957) to "Vicky Donor" (2012), the portrayal of on-screen mothers have changed over a period of time with the 'Maa" of yesteryear becoming 'Mom' today.

Then, no story was complete without them but today those roles have become mostly clichéd. Now, in most films, mothers have become marginalised, they are mere props instead of propelling the story.

"There is less importance of mothers in films today. Even if there are roles for mother, there is hardly anything for them to do on screen. Things have changed, there is hero and heroine for everything, so there is no need of mother," Zarina Wahab, who essayed the role of a mother to Shahrukh Khan in Karan Johar's "My Name is Khan" and Hrithik Roshan in the remake version of "Agneepath", told PTI.

"The kind of emotions and sentiments that is attached with the character of a mother is not there in today's films. I am happy that after a long time I got to do a film like 'Agneepath' (remake one)," she said.

Can anyone forget actor Shashi Kapoor's famous dialogue as a cop, "Mere paas maa hai", to his smuggler brother Amitabh Bachchan in "Deewar", where Nirupa Roy was the mother. She became the most epitomised on-screen mother in Bollywood history.

Nargis played a fiery single mother in Mehboob Khan's "Mother India", who brings up her two sons, Rajendra Kumar and Sunil Dutt. Nargis does not hesitate to fire a bullet at her criminal son, Sunil Dutt.

Leela Chitnis created the archetype of Hindi cinema mother, as she often played an ailing mother or one going through hardships and struggle. She played the mother of leading men, including the legendary Dilip Kumar.

Then we had Waheeda Rehman in Yash Chopra's "Trishul", Dina Pathak in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's "Khubsoorat', Raakhee in Ramesh Sippy's "Shakti'", Nirupa Roy in Manmohan Desai's "Amar Akbar Anthony".

Then came a new set of mothers-Rajshri Movies' favorite maa, Reema Lagoo in "Maine Pyaar Kiya", "Hum Aapke Hai Kaun" and "Hum Saath Saath Hai", the cutest maa-Farida Jalal in "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayege" and "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", the glamorous maa-Kirron Kher in films like "Veer Zaara", "Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' and "Dostana", Zarina founded a new image of an on-screen mother by the donning the roles in "My Name is Khan", "Rakhta Charitra" and the latest "Agneepath".

"Times have changed and so have the role of mothers in Bollywood. As films reflect society, the portrayal of mothers has become more westernised like in terms of clothes. There are not much family drama movies today-either we have a filthy-rich mother or a mother from Dharavi (a slum locality in metropolitan Mumbai). Where is the middle class mother who goes through struggle, pain?" asked Reema Lagoo, who has played the on-screen mother to Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt ("Vaastav") and Shahrukh Khan ("Yes Boss").

"I feel mothers have merely become a prop today... there is hardly anything for them to do on screen. I miss playing the kind of roles I did earlier," she said.

How can one forget the drinking mother, Dolly Ahluwalia, in "Vicky Donor". She played the mother to Ayushman Khurana and had the audiences in splits with her act.

In "Vicky Donor", the scene between Dolly and her mother-in-law (Kamlesh Gill) sharing a drink has become the most talked about act of the film released last month.

Dolly has admitted she had apprehensions about the audience accepting the saas-bahu's drinking sessions. "To our good fortune, our bonding, including the drinking part, has been liked," Dolly has said.




4 years ago

A very good article. Just wait for 15 more years and wife-husband relationship will be replaced with live-in patrners., son-father relationship with business partners, daughter-mom relationship with friends. I would like the team to opine as to what shall be student-teacher relatioship, employee-employer relations and others.

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No information on MLMs, says MCA

RPN Singh, minister of state, MCA in written reply in Lok Sabha said that, “There is no separate activity code to identify multi level marketing (MLM) companies.” Surprisingly, such a reply from MCA comes at a time when ministry of consumer affairs is drafting guidelines for MLMs

While many multi-level marketing (MLM) companies continue to mushroom, targeting gullible people and amassing several thousand crores, the government seems to have no solution to stop them. Recently the ministry of company affairs (MCA) said that that there is no separate activity to identify MLMs and it has no information on any action taken on such companies.

RPN Singh, minister of state, MCA in written reply in Lok Sabha said that, "There is no separate activity code to identify multi level marketing (MLM) companies. Therefore, these companies cannot be separately identified from the list of companies registered under the Companies Act, 1956. Also, there are no separate guidelines for MLM companies. Hence information on action and tax collection is not available."

Mr Singh was replying to written questions on whether the government is aware that the MLM companies are prevalent in India; details and total number of such companies, if the government has proposed any guidelines for these MLM companies along with details of any action against any MLM company and the tax collected from such companies in last three years.

Surprisingly, such a reply from MCA comes at a time when ministry of consumer affairs is drafting guidelines for MLMs. Sources confirmed to Moneylife that acting on the order from the Prime Minister's office (PMO), the ministry is consulting stakeholders to formulate detailed guidelines on MLMs and for direct selling companies.

Recently, Veerappa Moily, minister of consumer affairs, had said that it has written to the ministry of home affairs stating that it has no reservation if such regulatory body, as suggested by Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), is set up within the ministry of home affairs to check the cases of frauds by MLMs as is being done of chit funds.

SFIO is a fraud investing body. Famous scams by MLMs such as SpeakAsia Online and Gold Quest International (a chit fund company) are being investigated by the SFIO. Currently, India bans MLMs and Ponzi schemes under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978, which is grossly inadequate. However, considering menace of these schemes, the state of Meghalaya implemented its own Act which completely banned Ponzi and MLM schemes from the state. Rajasthan is also planning to draft its own legislation, apart from the central Act.

The Kerala government, which in the past admitted noticing frauds amounting to over Rs1,000 crore by MLMs, framed guidelines to distinguish a genuine direct selling company from a fake one. However, experts pointed out that these guidelines were grossly inadequate and misleading.



Nagesh Kini

4 years ago

A classic case of the right hand not knowing what the left is doing.
Does the MCA reply mean that MLM are not controlled by any authority? It could have taken the trouble to approach the Ministry for Consumer Affairs where Veerappa Moily has moved to from MCA. Are they trying to protect any MLM lobby?


4 years ago


Sad to note that you have already passed your verdict against SpeakAsiaOnline as Scam.

You know very well that the matter is subjudice and heard by Honorable Supreme Court of India. Since, the matter is subjudice & me being law abiding citizen, I would refrain from further comments.
You are also aware that the management of SpeakAsia has acted as per the direction of the Honorable Supreme Court.
You are also aware that, this organization is not going anywhere or vanish which was the history of MLM Companies in India.

You are a Respectable team, I am following all your news because I had unconditional trust in your reporting after Madam Sucheta Dalal's exposure of Harshad Mehta scam.

You must report & that is your "Dharma", but, how can you conduct a trial in your media and without any EVIDENCE rate a PROACTIVE Company as SCAM?
Till the law of the land confirms a scam based on presented EVIDENCE by EOW/SFIO or any other INVESTIGATION agency in INDIA, SpeakAsia cannot be said as SCAM but, allegedly being investigated for its business model and operation. After a complete investigation for an year, the said authorities are yet to file an FIR based on Scam report.

I request you to provide with Evidences in your position to the Honorable Supreme Court of India, which will ensure what you are reporting, if you are not in a position of having any EVIDENCE, YOU ARE DOING GREAT INJUSTICE TO 20 LACS * 3 (PEOPLE/FAMILY) = 60 LACS and more POOR PEOPLE of India.

I challenge you to produce a single EVIDENCE to prove that its a SCAM. Its an OPEN CHALLENGE to you & your armchair journalists. If you are able to do that, I WILL APOLOGIZE AND PROSTRATE in front of you and and the respectable common man of India and am ready to accept any punishment as per the law of the land.


Keep me Informed, I am always at your service as a LAW ABIDING COMMON MAN of INDIA.

Truth Alone Prevails.

Warm Regards

Vineeth A Kumar
An Ordinary Indian Citizen and a PROUD SPEAKASIAN



In Reply to Vineeth 4 years ago

Consult a Psychiatrist, Vineeth, the Proud Speakasian !!


In Reply to Vineeth 4 years ago

Bhai, mera paisa kab milega. Ab proud to be ke naare laga ke thak gaye hai. Zaldi se mera paisa lauta do


In Reply to Vineeth 4 years ago

Thanks for 'enlighting' us on legality and judiciary. For the evidence part, just show or ask your ceos Manoj and Haren to be physically present in the courts. If people like you think they have not done anything wrong then why are they hiding abroad? Why not come and personally resolve the matter? Samazhdaronko ishaara kafi hota hai....


In Reply to Haren 4 years ago

Ohh, you need to be "enlightened' not only in legality and Judiciary, but, also on ethics of discharging your own duty, which you seem to have forgotten.
As an True Indian, I want my fourth pillar to be fearless, robust and not a TOOL in the hands of corporate, political, mafia lobby. My request to you was, is it correct (ethically and Legally) on your part, to paint the company as "SCAM" or "FRAUD" unless proved by highest law of the land.
I prefer a strong & ethical media, you MUST write fearlessly, provided you have concrete evidence of the said people in the management alleged to be involved in illegal activities as reported by "PAID" media and some armchair journalists.
Now, the said matter is in the purview of Honorable Supreme Court of India and if they are convinced of whatever evidence, submitted by the EOW and other investigating agencies and media (if any), Mr. Manoj and Ms Haren will follow the verdict of Apex Court as and when it demands. As of now they have exactly followed as advised by the court, mediator, Honorable Mr. Lahoti Ji on every aspect.
Yes, you are spot on 'Samazhdaronko ishaara kafi hota hai'...I can understand the interest of other media houses 'proactive' role in this entire affair, but, fail to understand the interest of Monelife Team.
People like me are conditioned by the "Law of the Land" to think with CLARITY that unless one is proved to be guilty based on evidence he/she or corporate cannot be painted as fraud or scam. Let the court prove that and I assure you I will be in the front with you in your "ETHICAL" journey to cleanse Indian Corporate Industry of corruption and fly-by-night operators. Until then, kindly refrain from writing jingoistic, so called moral and unethical reports. The Indian citizen understands the nexus of media-corporate-babus-politicians-mafia.

Regarding the number of members in SAOL 12/13 or 20 lacs or 125 getting their money back (Mr. Balamurali) time will prove what is the truth and TRUTH ONLY PREVAILS.
And my mental condition is not biased and will go as per the law applicable.
Lets wait for some time.
Kindly be here when your mindset gets a shock to tune it as unbiased.



In Reply to Vineeth 4 years ago

Yeh sab bolne ki cheeje hai. Faltu bakwas hai. Yeh natak ab band karo aur hamara paisa wapas karo. Ek sal se futi kaudi bhi nahi mili hai, to mangadhan bate bananeka kya matlab. Bhale hi vineeth, manoj kumar aur haren kaur sahi ho, lekin humko to sirf hamara paisa wapis chahiye.


In Reply to Vineeth 4 years ago

only one truth prevails - MLM is cheating.


In Reply to Vineeth 4 years ago

Very well said Vineeth. I am waiting for Moneylife's reply.


In Reply to raj 4 years ago

Hey...before challenging Moneylife, dont you think you need to check your mentality. You are claiming 20 lakh panellists, but SAOL is saying just 12-13 lac in the courts, while only 125 will get their money back from the SAOL panellist association. So what is the truth?

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