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Celebrating Father's day: Bollywood movies that portray father-child relationship beautifully

Celebrate Father's Day with Bollywood's heartfelt tales of unconditional love and sometimes complex father-child bonds.

Father's Day is a special occasion dedicated to honouring and celebrating the incredible bond between fathers and their children. Bollywood, known for its rich tapestry of emotions and storytelling, has produced numerous films that beautifully capture the essence of this relationship. From heartwarming tales of unconditional love and sacrifice to stories that explore the complexities and challenges of parenthood, Bollywood movies offer a profound reflection on the father-child dynamic. In this tribute, we delve into some of the most memorable and touching Bollywood films that showcase the enduring love, guidance, and support fathers provide to their children.


‘Paa,’ a comedy-drama directed by R. Balki, features Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, and Vidya Balan, with a special cameo by Jaya Bachchan as the narrator in the opening credits. Drawing inspiration from the 1996 Hollywood film ‘Jack,’ ‘Paa’ explores the touching and complex relationship between a boy with progeria, a rare genetic disorder, and his parents. Despite being father and son in real life, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan take on reversed roles in this film. Amitabh portrays Auro, who, in an unexpected twist, meets his estranged father, played by Abhishek, now a successful politician. The story beautifully unfolds the emotional journey of this unique father-son duo.


‘Piku,’ a comedy-drama directed by Shoojit Sircar, stars Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, and Irrfan Khan in leading roles, with Moushumi Chatterjee and Jisshu Sengupta in significant supporting roles. Amitabh Bachchan portrays Bhaskor Banerjee, a cantankerous old man plagued by chronic constipation, who behaves like a needy child constantly seeking the attention of his daughter, Piku, played by Deepika Padukone. The film follows the evolving dynamics between this quirky father-daughter duo as they embark on a road trip to Kolkata.


‘Udaan,’ a coming-of-age drama directed by Vikramaditya Motwane in his directorial debut, stars newcomer Rajat Barmecha alongside Ronit Roy, Aayan Boradia, Ram Kapoor, Manjot Singh, and Anand Tiwari. The film follows the story of a teenager who, after being expelled from boarding school, is forced to live with his oppressive father. It poignantly explores the complexities of the father-son relationship, capturing the struggles and growth of the young protagonist.


Directed by Ravi Chopra, ‘Baghban’ tells the poignant story of an elderly couple, Raj played by Amitabh Bachchan and Pooja played by Hema Malini, who have shared 40 years of marriage. Upon Raj's retirement, they reunite with their four sons, played by Aman Verma, Samir Soni, Saahil Chadha, and Nasir Khan, to discuss their future care. However, none of their sons are willing to take in both parents, forcing Raj and Pooja to live apart. It is their adopted son Alok, played by Salman Khan, who steps up to care for them. This blockbuster family drama beautifully explores how relationships of the heart can surpass those of blood.


Directed by Anil Sharma, ‘Apne’ marks the first film to feature Dharmendra alongside his real-life sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. The film stars Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty, and Kirron Kher in the female lead roles. It opened to a fantastic response across India, becoming a commercial success at the box office. Dharmendra plays Baldev Chaudhary, a disgraced ex-boxer seeking redemption for a tarnished career through the boxing ambitions of his sons, Angad and Karan, portrayed by Sunny and Bobby Deol. This family drama vividly explores the dynamics of the father-son relationship.