There’s a famous quote that says, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” However, it may be more accurate when we say, “Hell hath no fury like a mom going to any lengths to defend her kid”. Be it against anyone or anything, moms will go to any lengths imaginable to spare their kids from being hurt, or in some cases even avenge the wrong done to their children. This is also a theme that Bollywood has explored quite a lot in the past few years. With Sridevi’s MOM (that’s based on this theme) having just hit the screens, we bring to you a list of five such revenge dramas that had moms go to unimaginable lengths to avenge the wrong done to their children.
Mom is a crime revenge drama set in ‘India’s rape capital’, Delhi. Arya (Sajal Ali) is school teacher Devika (Sridevi) and Anand Sabharwal’s (Adnan Siddiqui) elder daughter. Devika is Arya’s step mom, which somewhat explains why they share a strained relationship. While Arya is a student in Devika’s school, the mother is extra protective of her child and when she sees a boy named Mohit send her daughter a porn clip, she throws his phone away and insults him. This however doesn’t go down well with the boy, who later has his way with Arya. Therein begins the basic plot of the story. (ALSO READ: Sridevi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karisma Kapoor: 5 Star Moms Whose Comeback Was Super Impressive!)
The story is about what the family of the victim is forced to undergo when they face the truth amid a flawed system that lets off criminals easily and treats victim’s statements with irreverence. That’s when Devika becomes thirsty for revenge, ready to even push the parameters of law to seek justice for her child. Sridevi is so convincing in her role as the avenger that one can’t help but get the delicious satisfaction of sweet ‘apple seed’ revenge by watching this movie!
Jazbaa is a 2015 Indian crime thriller that’s based on the life of an attorney, Anuradha Verma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is forced to defend a criminal after her daughter (Shanaya) has been kidnapped. A remake of a 2007 Korean film, titled, Seven Days, the movie begins when a high profile attorney goes to her daughter’s school to compete in a parent-child race when she learns about her daughter’s kidnapping. She soon finds out that her daughter is kidnapped because somebody wants her to fight a rape case and make sure that the prime suspect, Miyaaz, is allowed to get away without being punished. To support Anuradha in her quest to find and rescue her daughter is the morally ambiguous cop, Yohan (Irrfan Khan). Together they get into a cat-and-mouse chase to rescue her daughter while also unraveling the identity of the actual culprit. (ALSO READ: Mom Movie Review: Sridevi’s Edgy Drama Will Keep You Hooked While Tugging At Your Heart Strings In Every Frame)
Aishwarya has been depicted as a strong woman in the movie, whose daily life revolves around her work and daughter. While her work has her don the identity of a sharp-tongued lawyer who has to deal with sinister males on a daily basis, she almost instantly switches to being a caring and doting mother when she is around her daughter. It’s interesting to see how a strong and tough woman as her, comes across as restless and sometimes even vulnerable with regards to Shanaya’s safety. And while this movie, is unlike MOM, which has Sridevi take justice in her own hands to teach the culprit a lesson, Aishwarya as Anuradha is seen taking morally tough decisions and risking her own life to rescue her daughter from the hands of dangerous goons.
Raveena Tandon starrer, Maatr, is quite similar to that of MOM, albeit with some differences. The movie has Raveena play the role of an idealistic Delhi school teacher, Vidya Chauhan who has a troubled personal life. While her daughter is the apple of her eye, she has a strained equation with her husband.
While trying to brave through life with a smile on her face, her daughter and she get gang raped and matters get worse when the Chief Minister’s son is involved in it. This incident kills Vidya’s daughter, but she survives. When the investigative officer, Shroff, played by actor Anurag Arora, succumbs under political pressure and pushes the case under the rug, Vidya’s anger forces her to take law into her own hands and seek revenge from the perpetrators, killing them one by one.
This movie is a 2016 Indian thriller film, which is a sequel to the 2012 Vidya Balan starrer movie, Kahaani. Vidya is an overworked single mother who dotes on her physically challenged teenage daughter. They live in a sleepy, small town near Kolkata, which feels like a safe refuge. But then Vidya’s daughter Mini suddenly disappears, Vidya is knocked down by a car and we are forcefully thrown into the heart of darkness. (ALSO READ: Watching Sushmita Sen and her daughters groove on Despacito will make your day)
With an eight-year-time gap, the story travels between Kalimpong and present-day Chandannagar with a doting mother Durga Rani Singh (Vidya Balan) trying to locate her missing daughter Minnie (Naisha Khanna). While the basic premise of the movie rests in the fact that Balan wants to save her daughter and seek revenge from Mohit Dewan (Jugal Hansraj) who had abducted her child and subjected her to sexual abuse, it has been packaged well into a thriller mystery with the viewers trying to connect the dots between, two parallel worlds–Balan as a mother trying to save her daughter and Balan as a fugitive for abducting a child. All in all, Vidya as Durga Rani Singh aka Vidya Sinha proves her mettle as a revenge hungry mother who can even go to the lengths of confusing the lawmakers by staging an ambiguous drama in her quest to singlehandedly seek revenge for the wrong done to her daughter.
This 2004 crime thriller movie is based on the hard hitting issue of child abuse. The movie is based on the life of Shruti (Hansika Motwani) who travels from Borivali to Bandra daily by local train to attend school. One day, due to some reason she gets accidentally locked in school and isn’t able to get out until late. By the time she reaches the station and catches a train to go home, it’s already midnight and falls prey to three young drug addicts who rape her in front of three passengers who do nothing about it. (ALSO READ: Guess how much did Kareena Kapoor Khan’s family pay to ward off evil eye on Taimur Ali Khan?)
Shruti eventually succumbs to her injuries and therein begins the parent’s battle to gain justice for their deceased daughter. The case is passed over to Kripa Shankar Thakur (Manoj Bajpai) who honestly is the only saving grace in the film. Shruti’s mother is played by Raveena Tandon, who puts her life in jeopardy by aiding the Crime Branch in their struggle to arrest the three culprits.
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