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Mother-in-law is a word that evokes many feelings, and when you also have the word Bollywood associated with it, you can’t help but think of some of the evilest saasu maas Bollywood has given us over the years. However, off-screen the film circuit has given us some of the most gorgeous and powerful mothers-in-law.
Not only do they share an amazing bond with their damaads (sons-in-law) and bahus (daughters-in-law), but are always seen standing behind them rock solid. Let’s take a look at some of the most powerful off-screen mothers-in-law of Bollywood.
When one talks about the power mothers-in-law of Bollywood, the first name that pops up is that of Jaya Bachchan. Mother-in-law of world beauty, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jaya has always been seen being there for her bahu in every phase of her life. While media reports keep churning gossips about an alleged rift between Aishwarya and Jaya, they always refuted the rumours with their power appearances at events, matches and interviews together. Sharing the same saree, resting head on others’ shoulders, checking each other’s accessories; more often than not this saas-bahu jodi seems more like friends. (Also Read: Recommended Read: 6 Most Compatible Bollywood's Saas-Bahu Jodis That Prove It's The Best Relationship In This World)
Both Jaya and Aishwarya have been vocal about their love and respect for each other and have never shied away from praising each other in public. It was at Koffee with Karan where Jaya had first spilt the beans on her then prospective bahu, Aishwarya. Just like any other proud mother, Jaya had revealed how Abhishek had chosen the girl-next-door for their family and how respectful Aishwarya has always been with all the members of their family. While talking about taking complete care of Aaradhya, Mrs Bachchan had called Aishwarya a hands-on mother. She had also called Aaradhya an extremely lucky child as she has a nurse like Miss World Aishwarya! Don't Miss: 5 Times Jaya Bachchan And Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Proved They Are The Coolest Saas-Bahu Jodi
One of the most stylish saas-bahu duo, Sharmila Tagore and Kareena Kapoor have always given us major relationship goals. While Sharmila is known for her film choices which were anything but mediocre, when it comes to being a mother-in-law, Sharmila has always been way ahead of the time. Mother-in-law to two talented stars, Kunal Kemmu and Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sharmila is that mother-in-law we all have secretly wished to have.
In an interview with HT, Kareena had spoken extensively about her love and respect for her second mother, Sharmila Tagore, "She is the ultimate actor in the film industry. She’s a living legend. I also look up to her for the way she has lived her life and brought up her three children. She has been an amazing wife and mother. I aspire to strike that balance in my life. Even today, her beauty is breath-taking. I sometimes stare at her and wonder, ‘Wow; someone like her truly exists’.” Recommended Read: Saif Ali Khan's Reaction When A Cricketer Thought Mansoor Ali Khan Was Lying About Visual Impairment
Further elaborating, she said, “Blessed to have got such a mum-in-law. She has worked all her life. So, that’s something I admire the most. And she’s not been very insular in this industry. She has her own life. She’s always travelling, giving talks. She’s also been the perfect homemaker, even at the peak of her career.”
And it is not just Kareena who can’t stop gushing about her mother-in-law, Sharmila too has always spoken fondly of Kareena. At one such interview, she had said, “I like her a lot. She is very calm. I saw her during Tiger's illness in the hospital. It was very easy to be with her. She is gentle and quiet and not intrusive.” Also Read: Saif Once Revealed How His Ex-Wife, Amrita Singh Used To Abuse His Mother Sharmila And Sister Soha
There is no denying to the fact that Dimple Kapadia is one power mother-in-law. Her equation with son-in-law, Akshay Kumar, has always made the news. While she prefers referring to Akshay as naughty, she believes that Akshay is the best damaad in the world. Their firebrand chemistry was quite evident at Twinkle Khanna’s book launch where the duo kept poking fun at each other. While Akshay has time and again called Dimple his best friend, Kapadia too loves to call him nonsense. Also Read: Sunny Deol's Extra-Marital Affair With Married Dimple Kapadia Still Not Over, After Almost 30 Years
During one interview, Dimple said, “Akshay Kumar is more than a son to me. What I love about him is that there is never a dull moment with him. He is always up to some nonsense. I remember once I was trying to call a pandit (priest) and called Akshay instead. I didn’t see the number properly and dialled it incorrectly. Someone answered in a sleepy voice and said ‘ek kaam karo apne jamai ki puri seva karo’ (Serve your son-in-law). That’s when I realised it was Akshay and not the pandit. He is mad and very naughty and I love that.”
Dreamgirl Hema Malini is another woman who has been setting goals for all the mothers-in-law out there. Both her sons-in-law, Bharat Takhtiani and Vaibhav Vohra, have always spoken highly of her. Talking about both of them, Hema once said, “People always reminded me that I’ve no sons, only two daughters. But I want to tell them that now I’ve two sons. Both my sons-in-law are as good as my own sons.” Check This Out: Hema Malini Declares Her And Husband Dharmendra's Assets Worth Rs 225 Crore In A Affidavit [Details]
One of the most progressive thinkers in the industry, both Salma and Helen have always heaped praises on their daughters-in-law. For Malaika Arora Khan too, they are more than just her mothers-in-law. From shopping, watching movies to going on trips together, there is nothing which these Khan women haven’t done together. Talking about the equation she shares with the both of them, Malaika had once said, “They are both lovely women. Both of my mothers-in-law are great!"
Talking about how supportive and liberal her in-laws (former) are, Malaika once revealed on a talk show, “They are not the sort to impose anything on anyone. They wouldn’t do it to their children or their children’s spouses kid’s respective spouses. In fact, they have always been very encouraging and supportive. Every time I would do a song, my mother-in-law and my father-in-law say, ‘Beta, you are looking very nice, you’ve danced so well’. So it’s never been a point of concern or issue.”
Even though media kept reporting about saasu maa Pamela Chopra not being happy about her son marrying Rani Mukerji, but the saas-bahu duo always proved the media wrong with their warm love and affection for each other. Talking about Rani, Pamela once said, “Rani is a lovely girl. There are some things that I find very special about her. She is a very down-to-earth girl and extremely respectful of me. We have a very good relationship." Also Read: Pooja Bhatt's Love Life: From Abusive Relation With Ranvir Shorey To Broken Marriage Of 11 Years
Another power mother-in-law of Bollywood, Tanuja, has always raved about son-in-law, Ajay Devgn. From referring to him as her own son to saying that she is proud of him, Tanuja has always spoken highly of him.
So, here we’re! These were the eternally charming saasu maas of Bollywood. We all are in love with these dynamic mothers-in-law of Bollywood and hope that this fabulous jodis always shine.