Nine Must-Watch Hindi Movies That Celebrate Single Mothers

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Hindi movies on single mothers have portrayed some of the strongest characters in cinema addressing the stigma around single parenthood prevailing in the society. Bollywood’s single mothers were seen fighting these societal suppression and judgement fearlessly and giving us major goals out there.

Cinema is a mirror of society and therefore, there is not a single issue in the society that the Indian cinema has not addressed. One of the most common and judgmental topic of being a single parent, single mother or father was also beautifully depicted in some highly acclaimed movies. So, let’s look back at all those glorious single mothers that Bollywood has ever witnessed.

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Hindi Movies On Single Mothers

Nil Battey Sannata

Swara Bhaskar played a single mother in this 2016 movie who works as a housekeeper and does all odd jobs to make ends meet. Illiterate herself, she wants her daughter to study well and not become like her. She wants her to see big dreams and teaches her the importance of education and tries her best everyday to keep her studies going.

movies on single mothers


Aishwarya Rai, the phenomenal Indian actor and Miss World 1994, plays a single mother in the movie who is also a lawyer. She gets in a dilemma when she is forced to defend a rapist in return of releasing her kidnapped daughter. The 2015 movie also starred Irrfan Khan and was Aishwarya’s comeback in the industry.

Helicopter Eela

A great movie that shows the relatable life of mothers and children and the anecdotes in the life of Eela and her son Vivaan. Forced to abandon her dream of becoming a singer when her husband left her and their son, Eela’s dreams are revoked by her son. The 2018 movie starred Kajol, Ridhi Sen and Tota Roy Chowdhary in lead roles.

Kahaani 2

Vidya Balan never fails to impress just as she did in this 2016 movies on single mothers. The movie is about a single mother Vidya who has a daughter Minnie with paralysis. Her daughter is kidnapped and while searching for her, she gets into an accident. But the story is much more than it seems as soon it is found out that Minnie is not Vidya’s daughter.


Listen….Amaya is the story about a girl who cannot get in terms with the fact that her single mother is dating a man. The 2013 movie follows the love story of her writer mother, a widow with a photographer and the discomfort of her ‘open-minded’ daughter with their relationship. The movie stars Swara Bhaskar, Dipti Naval and Farooq Shaikh in lead roles.


Paa is not just a story about a child with progeria. It is also features a beautiful mother-son relationship. Single mother Vidya is a gynecologist and takes care of her 12 year old Auro who has a rare disease called progeria. When Auro receives the best student award in his school, she is shocked to find that the award was presented by Amol, her past love and Auro’s biological father. This 2009 movie say phenomenal performances by Vidya Balan, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan.

Aaja Nachle

The 2007 movie features the story of a choreographer and single mother Dia (Madhuri Dixit Nene) who comes back to her home town in India with her daughter Radha to meet her dying dance teacher and eventually stays to save her old dance theatre from demolishing. The movie features her love story with a foreigner and the prejudices she faces years later after she ran from home for love.


The 2021 movies on single mothers, helmed by powerful women both off screen and on screen, stars Kajol, Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar and was directed by Renuka Shahane. The movie features three generations of daughters and explores motherhood and its complexities.

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The highly acclaimed classic of yesteryear Indian cinema that features great actors like Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajkumar and Rajendra Kumar, the movie featured the struggle of a single mother to save her dignity and her children from the suppression of the greedy landlord. The 1957 movie that is considered as a masterpiece in Indian cinema.

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