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Father's Day Special: Bollywood's Iconic On-Screen Dads Who Set Examples

Let's celebrate the iconic dads from Hindi cinema who inspire us!

Fathers are undoubtedly the unsung heroes in our lives. And Bollywood, ever since its inception, has showcased different archetypes of Indian fathers in its films. The portrayal has evolved significantly over the decades in accordance with the evolving norms of Indian families. While some exist with little to no importance to the narratives, others leave a strong impact on our minds! Among them, some are the epitome of what an ideal father should be, setting examples for all the real-life fathers out there!

Today, on the occasion of Father's Day, let’s honor all the amazing dads from recent Hindi films.

Mahavir Singh Phogat - Dangal

Mahavir Singh Phogat in 'Dangal', played by Aamir Khan, is based on a real-life character and stands out as a remarkable father. He breaks away from societal norms, challenges gender stereotypes, and trains his daughters to become wrestlers. He believes men and women are equal (remember that line, "Hamaari chhodi chhodo se kam hai kya?"), and hence, pushes his daughters beyond their comfort zones. Of course, he faces loads of backlash from society but defies every odd and goes on to set examples. He redefines fatherhood like no other!

Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim in a still from ‘Dangal’

Narottam Mishra - Bareilly Ki Barfi

'Bareilly Ki Barfi' is known for its feel-good storyline, music, and performances. However, what undeniably stands out in the film is its portrayal of a progressive father that resonates deeply with us. Narottam Mishra, played by Pankaj Tripathi, is a loving and supportive father to his daughter, Bitti (Kriti Sanon). Unlike others, he encourages Bitti to be herself and not feel pressured to meet societal expectations. He is open-minded and never shies away from empowering her daughter.

'Bareilly Ki Barfi' poster

Anup Saxena - Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

Anup Saxena, played by Pankaj Tripathi, is the greatest supporter of his daughter, Gunjan, who aspires to become a pilot. Just like Mahavir Singh Phogat and Narottam Mishra, he also defies gender norms and encourages her daughter to pursue her dreams no matter how unconventional they seem. And he stands as a pillar of strength for his daughter and makes her believe that she has absolutely nothing to worry about. It's not just verbal support; he comes forward and participates in his daughter's journey and helps her succeed.

Pankaj Tripathi as Anup Saxena in ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’

Anirudh Pathak - Chhichhore

Anirudh Pathak in 'Chhichhore' is another remarkable father who stands by his son's side through every thick and thin. He is a guiding force to his son, not just in words but also in actions, and showers him with unconditional love. He listens to his son's problems and gives him advice from his own life experiences. And he demonstrates the power of resilience, perseverance, and determination, inspiring not just his son but also us to face the challenges of life.

Sushant Singh Rajput and Mohammad Samad in ‘Chhichhore’

Sushant Singh Rajput's performance as the father is filled with depth and authenticity, making it one of the finest in his career.

The list doesn't end here. Besides the above-mentioned characters, it also includes Hidayat Khan in 'Raazi', Santosh Duggal in 'Do Dooni Chaar', Dharamvir Malhotra in 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', and Sachin Sandhu in 'Thappad' among others.