Top 10 Bollywood ‘Dads’ To Love

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A Very Filmi Father’s Day

By Anandini Sekhar

There’s a lot of talk in Bollywood circles about favorite real life Bolly Dads, like new dad Riteish Deshmukh, proud papa Abhishek Bachchan and perennial favorites like Shah Rukh Khan, but I can’t help but think of Dad characters that tugged at heart strings. Certain ones come to mind instantly, like Nana Patekar in Khamoshi: The Musical, Aamir Khan in Akele Hum Akele Tum and Shashi Kapoor in Aa Gale Lag Jaa.

Then I started thinking about who I would want to play my dad in a Bollywood movie … here’s what I came up with:


  1. Alok Nath
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    Alok Nath

The Sooraj Barjatya/Rajshri dad of choice. Seemingly sweet and kind and perfect. Sometimes annoyingly so.

  1. Khulbhushan Karbandha

Because then I could always say my dad was SHAKAAAAAAAAAL!!!!

  1. Naseerudin Shah

He was really, really brilliant in Monsoon Wedding. His reactions were so spot-on, it was just perfect. And subtle and conflicted but so dedicated in Masoom. Also brilliantly awkward as the absentee dad in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Hilarious as portrait dad in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. I could go on and on.

  1. Saeed Jaffrey
    Saeed Jaffrey

    Saeed Jaffrey

I just found him to be so jolly. I was truly sad when he passed away earlier this year, he was somewhat of a staple in the 90s. He was so little and distinguished. He sometimes reminded me of a leprechaun.

  1. Pran

Because you know, he might leave you and your brothers in the park and then you all get separated for 20+ years, but he’ll find his way back to you eventually – perhaps with wealth beyond what you could have imagined in your little hut with Nirupa Roy.

  1. Anupam Kher
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    Anupam Kher

I love a funny dad!

  1. Dharmendra

Because then my dad would be the handsomest man in the world.

  1. Amitabh Bachchan

Obvs. Can you imagine him singing you to sleep? Plus, he played his own dad in Mahaan, so I’m pretty sure he could play mine. As long as you don’t have to deal with … issues … like in Piku.

  1. Rishi Kapoor
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    Rishi Kapoor

Cuddliest daddy ever. Plus, he’d have a TON of sweaters I could borrow.

  1. Prakash Raj

I just absolutely adore him in dad roles. I know he hasn’t done too many in Hindi films, but after seeing him in Abhiyum Naanum(Tamil), I want to see more of this character type for him. Less villains, more slightly neurotic and overprotective but ultimately dedicated and loving dads.

Then finally … in true Bollywood nostalgia fashion … I started thinking about songs about dads. And here is the result! A playlist! Enjoy and Happy Father’s Day!
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