Memorable Mother Actresses of Kollywood

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Tamil cinema and Thaaippasam (Motherly affection) are inseparable. One of the safest an80-90% of Tamil films produced in a year will have a mother character with an importance in the script the screentime offered to them will only differ. Tamil cinema has seen some of the most memorable performances mother character and we have seen some great actresses portraying the mother`s role in way that would give us the warmth of lying on our mother`s lap.In this special occasion of International Mother`s day Indiaglitz presents a slideshow of the actresses who have portrayed the most memorable mother roles in Tamil films, as a tribute to every mother on this earth.

Pandari Bai


She is the most respected woman artist during the black and white era. Though she has acted as the pair of Sivaji Ganesan in a few films she is remember as the mother of MGR (Kudiyirundha Koil), Sivaji Ganesan (Thavappudhalvan`, Gauravam`), Rajinikanth (Mannan`) and many other stars.



Is it possible to complete the list without adding this acting legend? The unavoidable comedienne cum character artis of the black and white era, Manorama gradually transformed as the quintessential mother artist of Tamil cinema in late 1980s and 90s. She has acted in diversified mother roles in a large number of films and it is hard to single out the best performance. She has acted of the mother of Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijayakanth, Sarathkumar, Sathyaraj and Karthik in many films.



She is an actress who started acting in matured or aged roles. Her performance as Nagesh`s widowed mother in the classic emotional flick Server Sundaram` will automatically make you shed tears out of emotion. She has also given memorable motherly performances in later stages like the one in Mahanadhi` in which she is the mother-in-law but a mother like figure for Kamal Haasan.


Amyra Dastur

Though she made her debut as a heroine, Sujatha very soon shifted to matured characters and turned out to be the best fit for calm and caring mother characters of Tamil cinema in the 1990s. Her performance as the mother of Superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan with whom she had acted as heroine during her initial years and also in several other small budget films of the 90s, were well received by the audience.


Harris Jayaraj

Srividya is considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses Tamil cinema has ever seen. But she did not make it big as a heroine or at least as much as she did with character roles. She has also performed some memorable mother characters in her illustrious career. The remarkable ones are Aboorva Sagotharargal` with Kamal Haasan, Kadhalukku Mariyadhai` with Vijay and Aaha` in which she aptly represented the Brahmin mother who is rooted in tradition but very jovial with the younger members of the family.


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Like Srividya, Sumithra is also more popular for her character roles especially the mother characters she effectively portrayed in the 1990s. Her performance in Mani Ratnam`s Agni Natchathiram` as the mother of Prabhu and the step mother of Karthik is most remembered. She also gave some dignified performances as the mother in super hit films like Singaravelan.`

Kamala Kamesh


While there are a lot of other popular actresses who have made huge strides In mother character, Kamal Kamesh is an actress who played mother roles and only mother roles without making much noise to announce her presence. She has acted mainly in non-star small budget films but has won the hearts of audience with her performance mostly as a coy and caring mother. She is a regular cast member for mother characters of Visu films. The most memorable ones out of the long list are Kudumbam Manal Kayiru` and Samsaram Adhu Minsaram`



Radhika slowly evolved as a character artist who could portray elderly characters in the late 1990s. She has been acting in mother characters since then. Her performance as the mother in films like Suryavamsam` , Pavithra` and Uyirodu Uyiraga` were impeccable. However the recent ones, such as Naanum Rowdy Dhan` in which she played the police officer mother of Vijay Sethupathi and Theri her first film with Vijay in which she played the mother of a police officer are more relatable to the current generation of audience.


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Tamil cinema and Thaaippasam (Motherly affection) are inseparable. One of the safest an80-90% of Tamil films produced in a year will have a mother character with an importance in the script the screentime offered to them will only differ...