By Jaideep Sen
Last evening as I was watching Indian Idol, I realised it was a Mothers’ Special episode which was obviously a tearjerker. Considering how emotional it was I was instinctively reminded that perhaps after Mother India, the most memorable Mother written in contemporary Hindi cinema is Sumitra Devi of Deewar. The character of Sumitra Devi was created with immense emotional depth by Salim Saab and his erstwhile partner, Javed Saab.
Indian Idol's Mothers' Special Episode
When after seeing the Indian Idol episode I spoke to Salim Saab and saluted him on his understanding of the phenomenon called mother and the emotion called Motherhood, he mentioned that he found the premise interesting and arresting, and asked me to base my next article on this. And hence, this post.
|Scene from Deewar|
|Scene from Naam|
Having seen a photograph of Salim Saab’s mother in a book called Being Salman -- she does indeed look like an angel -- I do feel that Salim Saab’s deep rooted understanding of a mother and motherhood stems from the fact that he has been blessed to have a mother who inculcated in him such pure human values. That perhaps is the reason why he has penned the most memorable and popular line in the history of Indian cinema: “Mere pass Maa hain.”
Jaideep Sen is a filmmaker and a connoisseur of the art of storytelling.
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