Over the years, audiences have witnessed many iconic father-son or father-daughter scenes in Bollywood films. Today, on Father’s Day, let’s take a journey down memory lane and revisit the best father-son or father-daughter scenes in Hindi films. Here’s our list of top 10.
Iconic Bollywood scenes with father-son and father-daughter |Photo Credit: YouTube
Emotionally dramatic scenes between a mother and her child (son or daughter) has always been the heart of Bollywood. While those scenes have always managed to break us down into tears, there are also scenes of a father and his child which have left us in awe. Be it Saleem revolting against his father Badshah Akhbar in Mughal-E-Azam or Sunit Dutt and Sanjay Dutt’s ‘jaddu ki jhappi’ in Munnabhai M.B.B.S, these scenes were both powerful and emotionally engaging at the same time.
In recent times too, this tradition has continued with iconic scenes from films like Piku, in which Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan have many scenes that have etched in our memory while in Dil Dhadakne Do, audiences lauded when Anil Kapoor finally stoop up for the injustice against his daughter Priyanka Chopra.
The courtroom scene between Ajay Devgn and his daughter in Main Aisa Hi Hoon gives us chills even today while audiences can’t get enough of the climax scene of Sooryavansham between father and son (both played by Amitabh Bachchan). With so many heart-warming father-son or father-daughter in Hindi films, it was hard to narrow it down to best ones.
Here’s our list of top 10 most iconic father-son and father daughter moments in Hindi films:
Arguably the most iconic father-son moment in the history of Bollywood films, in this scene Prince Saleem is arguing with his father, the Badshah of Hindustan, Akhbar, begging him to let his love Anarkali and him be together. Other than being a powerful scene in context, it is also iconic because two of Bollywood’s legendary actors were in it – Prithviraj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar.
While Masoom wasn’t a blockbuster film but it dealt with an heart-aching subject, that of a bastard son and the father’s embarassment of accepting his own flesh and blood in front of the world. However, in the scene where the family is playing cricket when Naseeruddin Shah’s character DK Malhotra accidentally admits about his bastard son Rahul (Jugal Hansraj), it is not only a powerful scene but is emotionally engaging like no other.
One of the most underated Bollywood films of its time, Shakti also has an extremely powerful father-son scene that is as good as the mother-son scene from the iconic Nargis-Sunil Dutt film. While the film builds up towards the idealistic differences between father and son (Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan) but at no point could one predict that a father could shoot to kill his son in order to uphold the law. What made the scene even more memorable is Amitabh Bachchan’s performance after he is shot.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Arguably the most-iconic father-daughter scene in Bollywood films was when late Bollywood legend Amrish Puri’s character Baldev Singh finally put’s an end to his adamant ways and lets go of Simran’s (Kajol) hand saying: “Jaa, Simran Jaa! Jaa Ji Le Apni Zindagi.” That line is also one of the most iconic lines in Bollywood’s history.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
The scene in which Rahul’s (played by Shah Rukh Khan) daughter Anjali (Sana Saeed) breaks down on stage during her extempore’s speech brings tears even today. The way Shah Rukh Khan performed that scene, giving his daughter the reassurance and comfort while also enlightening her about motherhood is heartwarming to see even today.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
There are two iconic scenes in this film that capture two different elements of a father-son releationship. And the best part is, it has been performed by arguablty the two best mainstream working actors in Bollywood today. Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan are not only charismatic in the scene but bring out every emotion there is to bring.
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S
Another iconic father-son scene was in the Rajkumar Hirani directed Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. In the climax of the film, we see a dejected Munnabhai (played by Sanjay Dutt) finally getting some peace of mind, love, pride and acknowledgement from his father. The scene became even more powerful because the on-screen father-son were also father-son in real life – Sunil Dutt and Sanjay Dutt.
That scene has been recreated in the upcoming Sanjay Dutt biopic titled Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor and Paresh Rawal.
Actor Parikshit Sahani is know for his iconic father performances in the Munnaibhai films, but the most endearing father-son scene for him is in the Aamir Khan starrer 3 Idiots. In the scene between him and R Madhavan, the journey from being an unreasonable and adamant father to eventually embracing the wishes of his son makes the audience teary-eyed every single time.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
While this father-son scene isn’t as iconic as the one in Mughal-E-Azam or Munnaibhai M.B.B.S, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it is thoroughly endearing to see Ranbir Kapoor and Farooq Sheikh at their emotional prowess. Add to that, the chemistry between the two actors is flawless which only amplifies the scene that much more and hits audiences where it hurts the most.
Dil Dhadakne Do
Another extremely powerful father-daughter scene is when Anil Kapoor, after being a terrible father throughout the film Dil Dhadakne Do, finally stands up for his daughter Priyanka Chopra for the injustice being done against her, which he himself had been privy too. This is easily one of the most powerful father-daughter moments in recent Bollywood films.
So, what did you think of our list? Did we miss out on any consequential ones? What are some of your favourite father-son or father-daughter moments from Bollywood films? Let us know in the comment section below.