Greatest On-Screen Bollywood Dads

In honour of all fathers everywhere, DESIblitz reminds you of the wonderful on-screen Bollywood dads who have loved, terrified and entertained us through their characters over the years.

Bollywood Dads

These 'fathers' have become a part of every Bollywood fan’s life.

Whether it was the role of a strict dad who wouldn’t allow his kids to marry the choice of their love.

Or an over-caring dad who would be dying to do his daughter’s kanyadaan, every single on-screen dad has managed to teach us love, anger, respect while also entertaining us at the same time.

DESIblitz has hand picked some of our favourite Bollywood dads that have graced the big screen over the years.

Amrish Puri as Baldev Singh (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, 1995)

Amrish Puri - Baldev Singh
Brilliantly portrayed by Amrish Puri, Baldev Singh is a strict father raising his two daughters in London but expecting them to behave like ‘gaav ki gori’ (village girls) who will have to marry a man of his choice.

With his big round eyes and rough voice, he manages to make us sweat with fear whenever he appears on screen and also has us at the edge of our seat in the climax of the film, until he finally lets his daughter go.

Without him we wouldn’t have had the epic dialogue, ‘Jaa Simran Jaa, Jee le Apni Zindagi’ which is still fresh in the minds of all 90s children.

Kamal Hassan as Laxmi Chachi (Chachi 420, 1997)

Kamal Hassan - Laxmi Chachi
Just how flawlessly amazing was this on-screen dad?

Chachi 420, played by the superstar Kamal Hassan was one of the most fun dad ever who cross dresses, dances like MJ, does house chores and fights the villains, all in a saree get-up, just to be around his daughter.

Anupam Kher as Pops (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, 1995)

Anupam Kher - Pops
This was the first time that the metropolitan word ‘pops’ was introduced to the Indian community.

So was the concept of a dad being so cool that he drinks beer with his son, gifts him a car and sends him to a Europe tour just because he failed his exams.

Alok Nath as ‘Babuji’

Alok Nath - Babu Ji
The father of the Bollywood cinema, the icon of kanyadaan, he needs no introduction at all, our one and only, beloved Sanskaari baabuji, Alok Nath.

He has, throughout his career played the role of a loving, ever smiling father whose only dream even before his girl reaches adolescence, is to do her kanyaadaan.

Shahrukh Khan as Rahul (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, 1998)

srk - rahul
Rahul is the new age dad who is so cool he even wears a ‘Cool’ chain.

When he finds time off basketball, he calls his under-age daughter ‘sexy’; he appears on her favourite youth show to announce his love for his daughter, and is so possessive about her that he travels by train and truck to reach her just because she fake sneezes on the phone.

Amitabh Bachchan as Yashvardhan Raichand (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, 2001)

Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh has played many ‘father’ roles, but the character of Yashvardhan Raichand stays on our minds as much as the superfluous honey-dipped melodious K3G theme song.

Yash Raichand is the egoistic super-rich but super-duper disciplined father who doesn’t think twice about kicking his son out of the house for not following his rules.

In the end he is a nice dad, just having issues with expressing his love to his kids.

Ayushmann Khurrana as Vicky (Vicky Donor, 2012)

Ayushman Khurana - Vicky
Now this father is an extremely generous father, not fatherly figure, I repeat father to hundreds of kids.

Just when the Government thought of trying to tackle India’s population problem with some yojana, along came our ‘Vicky Donor’.

Ayushmann in this role is the weirdest screen dad with the unusual job of donating sperm to earn money.

Naseeruddin Shah as DK (Masoom, 1983)

Naseeruddin Shah
DK, played by Naseeruddin Shah in Masoom was a role ahead of its time. This was the type of father who enjoys his nuclear family days.

The serenity of their ‘Hum do Humare do’ life suffers when his son, born in DK’s infidelity days comes to stay with them.

There on it is a full course drama of the kid trying to adjust in the new family with DK’s wife obviously giving DK a hard time.

Abhishek Bachchan as Amol Arte (Paa, 2009)

Abhishek Bachchan
Amol Arte was one of a kind screen dad role, where Abhishek, who in fact is Amitabh’s son, is playing a father to Amitabh in the film Paa!

Kudos to Junior Bachchan who even managed to piggyback the 6’2” tall Senior Bachchan on his back (‘Apne chote kandhon pe bojh uthana’).

Ronit Roy as Bhairav Singh (Udaan, 2010)

Ronit Roy
Ronit Roy in Udaan played the portrait of a middle class authoritarian father, seldom seen on screen.

He represented every disciplinarian father who makes his kids call him ‘Sir’ instead of dad, who hits his kids to forcibly earn respect and control, and the kind of father who will force his dreams upon his children.

Aamir Khan as Rohit (Akele Hum Akele Tum, 1995)

Aamir Khan
Aamir played the role of a single dad so sensitively that it must have brought tears in every parent’s eyes.

This movie shows a struggling singer trying to make a career, meet expenses along with raising his child single-handedly like a pro; and after having spent his life savings on his child’s custody case gets back together with his wife.

Over the years, these ‘fathers’ have become a part of every Bollywood fan’s life. They have brought with them the meaning of respect, love and family; and we will continue to cherish them for years to come.

Komal is a cinéaste, who believes she was born to love films. Apart from working as assistant Director in Bollywood, she finds herself doing photography or watching Simpsons. “All I have in life is my imagination and I love it that way!”

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