From Simran’s Bauji to Piku’s Baba, Daddies Are The Strongest!

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Bollywood has been one of the most loved spaces to display the love and affection for your family. Where the most clichéd stories revolve around the boy and girl falling in love, with the father turning into a villain, the whole movie revolves around the chaos and the process to convince/overthrow him. However, despite the love affair, what evolves is the most intensive and emotional bond of the family, and the very complex relationship of the children with their fathers.

All the fathers are concerned about the safety and security of their daughters and want a perfect match for their daughters. The loving relationship of the father and daughter turns into a ruthless one when the daughter goes against the wishes of her father and falls in love! And what is a better place than Bollywood to explore the tangled relationship of this beautiful bond.

Of all the relations that bind us, father-daughter relationship is the most unique one. And, Bollywood has seen some of the best fathers. From the over protective father of Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to the most loving disabled father in Mai Aisa Hi Hu, Bollywood has seen everything. But this loving bond turns bitter-sour when the adorable daughter finds the man for herself.

Amrish Puri in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Amitabh Bachchan in Mohabbatein, Paresh Rawal in Cheeni Kum, Alok Nath in Maine Pyar Kiya, and Shivkumar Subramaniam in 2 States all these fathers play the same role when they get to know that their daughters have fallen in love. One thing common in all these dads is the fact that they posit their virtuosity in the body/life of their daughters, because, “meri beti meri izzat hai”, right? As the times has evolved, so have the father-daughter bond in Bollywood. The father now is no more the stern and strict man, who wants to do nothing but embed the “patriarchal notions” of the society. The father now dwells more into developing a friendly bond with her daughter.

Most often, a movie is the depiction of the society, and as the society is shifting from the dependent girl in the patriarchal set up, to the financially and sexually independent girl, so are the Bollywood movies. The man, be it the father, the husband, or the brother, has no right to dominate the life of the individualistic woman. Piku on the other hand is the story of a strong and independent girl, who despite being self sufficient is keen on taking care of her nagging father.

The key focus of life for a girl has shifted from getting married to being independent, and that is how the Bollywood fathers have adapted to this change. Where Amrish Puri in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge forces Kajol to get married to a man of his choice, Amitabh Bachchan, in Piku, is entirely against his daughter to get married as she is independent and does not need anyone. From the nagging father to the most supportive one, Bollywood has definitely come a long way. But amidst all the evolution, one thing has remained the same, and that is, the unconditional love of a father for his daughter.

 

Mansi Dua

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