Remembering Nirupa Roy, the quintessential mother of Hindi cinema, on her 11th death anniversary today.1,373 views
Mumbai : For many, Nirupa Roy was almost a generic term for ‘screen mother.’ This was after she played superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in a string of 1970s blockbusters. As the damp-eyed, long-suffering matriarch, she pulled at the heartstrings of a nation. A skilled actress, Nirupa would lay bare the emotional bruises that came with being the highly-moral centre of the hero’s often sinister world.
Nirupa Roy’s innocent face, her soft voice and large limpid eyes made her the perfect person to play the role of goddess in various mythological sagas. Her tryst with mythology was seen in films like Mira Bai, Satyawan Savitri and Har Har Mahadeo. Her acting talent also came to the fore in films like Do Bigha Zamin (1953).
She first played the role of mother in Dev Anand starrer Munimji (1955).The crowning glory in Nirupa Roy’s life however came in the 1970s when Vyjayanthimala turned down the chance to make a comeback with Yash Chopra’s Deewar (1975). The author-backed role of a mother grappling with her son’s (Amitabh Bachchan)’s transgressions and her own love for him came to Nirupa and she made it unquestionably her own. As the moral pivot of the film, Nirupa’s role was far superior to that of the heroines, Parveen Babi and Neetu Singh. Projecting the straight-backed mother in the famous ‘Mere paas maa hai’ dialogue with perfection, Deewar ensured Nirupa Roy’s place in movie history.