Fathers are the pillars of the family, and Bollywood films have come a long way in portraying their roles. Gone are the days of fathers considering their daughters as ‘paraya dhan’ (someone else’s wealth). Instead, filmmakers now showcase strong bonds between fathers and daughters, breaking societal stereotypes.
On this Father’s Day, let’s check the best 5 iconic Bollywood dads depicted in Bollywood movies.
- Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat in ‘Dangal’: In the sports drama ‘Dangal’ (2016), Aamir Khan portrays Mahavir Singh Phogat, a strict father and wrestling coach. He defies the notion that women can’t excel in sports and trains his daughters Geeta and Babita to become world-class wrestlers. The film beautifully showcases the unwavering support and love between father and daughters.
- Late Irrfan Khan as Champak Bansal in ‘Angrezi Medium’: In ‘Angrezi Medium’, Irrfan Khan plays Champak Bansal, a devoted father who goes to great lengths to fulfill his daughter’s dream of studying abroad. Despite financial constraints, he supports her aspirations, teaching us the importance of never letting circumstances hinder our children’s ambitions.
- Kumud Mishra as Sachin Sandhu in ‘Thappad’: Kumud Mishra’s character in ‘Thappad’ is an open-minded father named Sachin Sandhu. He stands by his daughter’s decisions, including walking out of a marriage and filing for divorce while pregnant. His unwavering support challenges societal norms and reinforces the father’s role in empowering his daughter.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Bhashkor Banerjee in ‘Piku’: ‘Piku’ beautifully explores the complexities of the father-daughter relationship. Amitabh Bachchan portrays Bhashkor Banerjee, a father whose idiosyncrasies and childlike behavior are embraced by his daughter, Piku. The film showcases the unconditional love and understanding between a father and his grown-up daughter.
- Pankaj Tripathi as Anup Saxena in ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’: Pankaj Tripathi’s portrayal of Anup Saxena in ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ highlights the support and encouragement a father can provide to his daughter’s dreams. Anup stands by Gunjan’s aspiration to become a pilot, breaking societal norms and empowering her to pursue her passion.