April 11th 2018 is National safe motherhood day. We know there is a lot about safe pregnancy etc that you can find on the internet. So how about this? Here is a list of 5 iconic onscreen moms, if you can be a mother like this, take up motherhood. It’s safe enough!
Devki Sabarwal (Sridevi)- Mom, 2017
Devki Sabarwal plays a step mother to Arya Sabarwal. As a character, Arya has still not accepted Devki as her mother, but Devki not only gives her time, but also continues to perform her duties as a mother toward her. The movie sees her avenging Arya’s rape, smartly killing all the men involved in the gruesome act that almost kills Arya. Now that’s a mother!
Chanda (Swara Bhaskar)- Nil Battey Sannata, 2016
Single mother, Chanda has a daughter Apu who is in SSC. Apu is struggling in Mathermatics. Chanda, a domestic help, speaks to one of her employers about this and he then suggests that she bring in a tutor to help her out. Chanda, who aims at having her daughter study for IAS one day, knows that she cannot afford additional help. So, the drop out goes back to scool so she can tutor herself. Chanda is the kind of mother who believes in not just protecting her daughter, but also helping her spread her wings and fly to her dreams, in the process, working on herself as well.
Manju Chakravarty (Kirron Kher)- Khoobsurat, 2014
Manju is a cool-cat mom to the protagonist Dr. Milli. Manju is the kind off mother who can encourage her daughter to follow her heart, as well as the rules. A super awesome mom, Manju is often referred by her first name by her daughter. This nature of her’s allows her daughter to reach out to her in need. After all, if we don’t know what our children are upto, how can we help them?
Savitri (Ratna Pathak)- Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, 2008
Savitri is a new age empowered mother to a son! If one is to look at what a feminist is like when mothering a boy, one only needs to check out Savitri. She is nonchalant, friendly and non-violent. Despite the fact that she is a “Rathod Bahu” at the end of the day, Savitri raises her son to be aman who can face conflict without violence, and love with all his heart. Her son can speak to her openly and she can understand his acts even if he doesn’t!
Radha (Nargi)- Mother India, 1957
I am sure there are a bunch of you who have never seen this movie. But I hope you have heard about it. And, after reading this, you are inspired to watch it. As the name suggests, Mother India is a movie with the mother as the protagonist. Radha is poverty stricken when her village ruined by a flood. She chooses to continue working on her field, inspiring many others to do it. She raises her sons on her own, with her dignity impact. The nail in the wall is the fact that Radha is willing to shoot her son when he misbehaves with a girl in the village. Yes, this is a mom, most moms of the previous generations should have learnt from!
A safe and healthy mother, is a mother who is a mother by heart. You need to sacrifice all you have, you need not be in tears to convince your children to do what’s right. You need to be a strong woman, to be a strong mother. Focus on your own goals as well, and be an example for your child, as well. Happy National Safe Motherhood Day!