Bollywood – the world of the silver screen, where dreams come true, where everything is larger than life, but where ‘mom’ is still the same – over-caring, over-bearing, over-protective, and always worried about her child beyond rhyme or reason!
Bollywood has given us every type of mother that we know of – from the scheming and plotting mother as played by Lalita Pawar in Mr. And Mrs. 55, the all-giving, all-sacrificing mother as played by Nargis in Mother India, the mom who always lost her kids in every movie (Nirupa Roy, LOL), to the ‘play-it-safe’ and practically powerless mom as played by Farida Jalal in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, and the over-bearing Punjabi mom as played by Kiron Kher in Dostana. Name a type of mother, and you can find one Bollywood film that depicts her.
Mommy Songs From Bollywood to Dedicate to Your Mother
While we like our movies over the top, we like our songs melodious, sentimental, and high on emotions! Here are 13 songs from Hindi films that you can dedicate to your mother on her birthday, a momentous occasion, or just any day of the year!
1. Tu Kitni Achhi Hai
Film: Raja Aur Runk
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
This Bollywood adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Prince And The Pauper makes for a great emotional watch. The song in itself beautifully captures the naive belief a mother has in her child.
2. Khushiyon Ka Din Aya Hai
Singer: Anuradha Paudwal
There isn’t one pair of eyes that this movie left dry when it was released in 1992. The emotional drama went on to win several accolades, including one for the ‘mother’ in the movie, Aruna Irani (Best Supporting Actress). The song captures the simple joy of a son on being accepted by his adoptive mother.
3. Mummy Oh Mummy Tu Kab Saans Banegi
Film: Khatta Meetha
Music: Rajesh Roshan
Singer: Kishore Kumar
This Bollywood rip off of the Hollywood classic ‘Yours, Mine and Ours’ is a light-hearted comedy that gave us some excellent music. The sweetest/funniest of them all has to be this song about a son, eager to find his mother a daughter-in-law!
4. Meri Maa
Film: Taare Zameen Par
Singer: Shankar Mahadevan
If there is one film and song that captures how lonely, terrifying, and sad childhood can be, especially when your parents scold you and ‘punish’ you, it has to be Taare Zameen Par, and Meri Maa respectively! It is one of the most memorable and heart-warming Bollywood songs dedicated to mother ever made. Make sure you have a box of tissues ready nearby!
5. Meri Maa
This soulful track is complex on many levels – it is a dedication from the best friend of a boy, to the boy’s mother, after the boy tragically dies as a victim of a racist attack. It captures love, and loss, and shows how a mother’s love extends beyond her immediate child to her child’s friends too.
6. Usko Nahi Dekha Humne Kabhi
Film: Daadi Maa
Singer: Mohammed Rafi, Mahendra Kapoor
This one is our personal favourite of all Bollywood songs for mother. It beautifully equates the entity ‘mother’ to God, and how knowing one is knowing the other. The fast and up-beat pace makes it a refreshing song, as compared to other sentimental numbers.
7. Aisa Kyu Maa
Music: Vishal Khurana
Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan
The song starts with a recitation of the Hindi alphabet, which will instantly make you reminisce about your own school days. The movie showed a very special and beautiful relationship between mother and daughter, and this song will make you aptly relive that too.
8. Teri Ungli Pakad Ke Chala
Singer: Udit Narayan, Jyotsna Hardikar
The doting love that a son feels for his mother can be felt in this emotional number from the 1994 Bollywood drama. It stars one of the most loving and doting Bollywood mom, Farida Jalal. The song is your quintessential indebted-to-you-mother number.
9. Maine Maa Ko Dekha Hai
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
This song aptly reflects the pain of a neglected child growing up in a rich household. Nain-Tara, a young child, has a mother, but longs for the mother to actually love her and care for her, look after her, the way a mother would.
10. Meri Duniya Hai Maa Tere Aanchal Mein
Music: S. D. Burman
Singer: S. D. Burman
S. D. Burman has given us some of the best music we know. However, the best of his songs we like are the ones he has sung himself in his unique voice. This song will pull at the right chords of your heart, and will definitely make you want to go hug mommy!
Music: Kailash Kher
Singer: Kailash Kher
Dasvidaniya tells the story of a 37-year old single man whose days get numbered as he finds out he has only another 3 months to live. With a list of 10 things he wants to do before he dies, he sets out on a beautiful journey of life. One of the 10 things on his list is this song, which is equal parts hopeful and sad.
12. Maa Ka Phone Aya
Music: Sneha Khanwalkar
Singer: Priya Panchal
Any person who has an overbearing mother who seems not to understand words like space, privacy, and freedom, will relate to this hilarious number. One fun tip – you can set this as the ringtone for your mother’s number in your cell phone!
Film: ABCD 2
Singer: Arijit Singh
Mothers can help mould and shape life… through their actions while they are alive, and through their teachings after they have passed on. And that is what this song highlights – a son struggling to avenge himself, keeping his mother’s example in front of his eyes.
14. Maa Da Laadla
Music: Vishal Shekhar
Singer: Master Saleem
While this isn’t exactly a ‘mummy’ song, we can so imagine Indian mothers going bonkers and having melodramatic reactions to their children’s life as depicted by Kiron Kher in this song! The song also aptly captures how a mother can excessively worry about her child, and in the process drive herself and people around her crazy!
15. Maa Tujhe Salaam
Album: Vande Maataram
Music: A. R. Rahman
Singer: A. R. Rahman
Surprised? Well, isn’t our great beloved India our mother too? This song captures patriotism like none other, and also makes for a great dedication to our mothers, along with ‘Mother’ India, and ‘Mother’ Earth.