#1 Prithviraj Kapoor (Mughal-e-Azam, 1960/2004*)The father of all the father‘s! Emperor Akbar‘s Bollywood counterpart Prithviraj Kapoor! My favourite ‘Father’s Day‘ material! This father-son relationship takes an epic twist when Kapoor , the father,goes out of his way to weed out the lovey-dovey romantic sapling growing in his own backyard- Salim andAnarkali! * Mughal-e-Azam was theatrically re-released in coloured version in the year 2004.
#2 Anupam Kher (Saaransh ,1984)An inspirational contender for the Father’s Day list. ‘B.V. Pradhan’s’ (Anupam Kher) father-son story comes with a note of caution (from me ;)) : Never take an old, helpless, caring , principled, vulnerable father at his face value especially if he is strong enough to fight for the rights of others and refuses to explain his motive behind it!
#3 Amrish Puri (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, 1995)If the colour grey had a human birth it had to be called Amrish “Baldev” Puri! Puri appears as an over protective father in one of the most entertaining father-daughter stories of Bollywood. This repulsive yet attractive father unintentionally turns in to one hedgehog in his own daughter‘s love story!
#4 Anupam Kher (Daddy, 1989)Yes, Kher again on the Father’s Day list! I understand alcoholic loser fathers are best left behind the social closet. But this ‘Anand’ fellow deserves a mention as a father for coming out gracefully and rehabilitating himself musically to make up for the jeopardy that the father-daughter relation was threatened with. #5 Mehmood (Kunwara Baap,1974) Mehmood’s brush with misfortune as a father in the form of Polio (effecting his son) saw him producing a movie and enlightening the audience as how not to produce a generation of diseased human species. Another Bollywood saga on father-son relation where a step-father doesn’t hesitate to give up on his life for the well being of his adopted son.