#1 Doosri Dulhan (1983)This Bollywood tale of surrogacy directed by Lekh Tandon had a young childless couple, Victor Banerjee and Sharmila Tagore, deciding to hire a surrogate mother . In the the course of the story, a prostitute (Shabana Azmi) agrees to become a surrogate (who else ?but of course, we are still in the circa 1983!). Doosri Dulhan (meaning ‘the second bride’) in the usual Bollywood fanfare chronicles the journey, dilemmas and insecurities involved in the process of surrogacy and surrogate motherhood.
#2 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001)This time we have another set of male directors, Abbas-Mustan, explaining about surrogacy . A story premise with striking familiarity with Doosri Dulhan and Hollywood’s Pretty Woman, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke has a lovey-dovey childless couple (Salman Khan , Rani Mukherjee) who decide to to hire a prostitute (Priety Zinta) to become a surrogate mother to their child. Yes, the prostitute formula works and by the way, surrogacy in this Bollywood saga does not involve medical intervention but relies on the usual primordial process to bear kids!
#3 Filhaal… (2001)Finally a woman director on the topic of surrogacy– Meghna Gulzar. Two inseparable friends (Tabu, Susmita Sen) find themselves on crossroads with passage of time. Being a surrogate is not like savoring a piece of cake and the girls find themselves in loggerhead when Susmita Sen decides to become a surrogate mother as Tabu is unable to conceive for medical reasons. Not exactly a rockstar attempt yet definitely a mature handling of the issue of surrogacy in India . Please leave a comment if you know of any other movie (Hollywood, regional, World) which deals with the topic of surrogacy and surrogate mothers.
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