Bollywood is known for its broad genres such as comedy, romance, drama, melodrama, and musical comedy. But at the top of the list are romantic and family dramas. We have seen movies where mothers are depicted overcoming obstacles to raise their children. The characters of the mothers in the films are more complex and decisive. We also have many songs and dialogues dedicated to mothers. But very few films or dialogues talk about fathers.
Also, while the theme of single mothers has become quite common in Bollywood, films based on single fathers by comparison were rare. However, things have taken a turn and we have some amazing movies that have featured single dads taking on the role of both.
Today we connect to the characters of fathers in a movie. Mainly about dads who are single but manage to raise their kids on the big screen. These fathers are sometimes shown as overprotective and some as doting. Some are accidental fathers but bond with their children in a unique and loving way. There have been movies about single dads that have won over audiences with their unique depiction of dads.
Here is the list of Bollywood movies that capture the essence of being a single dad:
Shah Rukh Khan-Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Shah Rukh Khan has captured hearts as a single father who takes care of his motherless daughter and takes care of all her needs. He’s a fun dad who isn’t just very involved in his daughters’ day-to-day activities. But he is also extremely protective of her. They have a healthy and heartwarming relationship, and even though Anjali misses having a mother, Rahul makes sure she knows she has a father who loves her unconditionally.
Anupam Kher-Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Anupam Kher played Shah Rukh Khan’s father in the iconic romantic drama. He is seen as a father who is also his son’s best friend. The bond the two share is enviable. Wealthy, eccentric and poetic, Dharamvir Malhotra was a perfect father for the Raj of Shahrukh Khan.
Kamal Haasan in Chachi 420
Kamal Haasan embodies a father who will go to the end of the world for his children. The actor gave an award-winning performance as he dresses up as a woman to win back his ex-wife and daughters.
Ajay Devgn-Main Aisa Hi Hoon
Ajay Devgn is usually seen hitting the bad guys in a cop or avenger avatar. But this film changed the concept viewers had of him. The actor is believed to be a mentally challenged man who is determined to take care of his daughter against all odds.
Amitabh Bachchan played the role of a Bhashkor, an aging but eccentric single parent. He is introduced as a complex character who is trying to raise his daughter Piku as an independent person. As a father, he also fears that his daughter will leave him, so he is manipulative and often twists his words to make her feel guilty. But in the end, it is love that binds the two and this bond is strong.
Saif Ali Khan-Jawaani Jaaneman
Saif as Jaswinder aka Jazz is a 40-year-old man who likes to avoid responsibilities and spends time at parties and get-togethers. A young woman enters his life and shocks him. She informs him that he is her father. Jaz is worried because he has no parental feelings, but things change and the reluctant father finally tries to be there for his daughter through thick and thin.
Irrfan Khan-Angrezi Medium
Champak is a doting father who will do anything for his daughter. He decides to fulfill his daughters’ dream of studying abroad. To do this, he goes through difficult situations but ends up making his daughter’s dream come true. The two go through misunderstandings but manage to work through their issues and find each other.
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