Kirron Kher Birthday Special: From 'Devdas' to 'Dostana', 5 times the actress played a quintessential mom on screen

Kirron Kher is set to turn 70 on Tuesday.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, June 13, 2022, 01:13 PM IST
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Senior Bollywood actress Kirron Kher is all set to celebrate her 70th birthday on Tuesday.

Born on June 14, 1952, Kirron's real name before marriage was Kiran Thakur Singh Sandhu. During the period of her first marriage to Gautam Berry, she was known as Kiran Berry. When she married Anupam Kher, she resumed her maiden name and also added her new surname, being known as Kiran Thakur Singh Kher.

However, in later life, she developed a firm belief in numerology, and in 2003, she changed her name from Kiran to 'Kirron' based on numerological calculations, and thus came to be known as 'Kirron Kher'.

Kirron made her film debut in 1983 in the Punjabi feature film 'Aasra Pyar Da', After this, she took a hiatus from films until 1996. Between 1983 and 1996, she appeared in one film, 'Pestonjee' (1987), in which she acted in a small role alongside Anupam Kher.

Her return to acting came in the mid-1990s, through theatre, with the play 'Saalgirah', written by playwright Javed Siddiqui and directed by Feroz Abbas Khan. Her comeback film was by Shyam Benegal, 'Sardari Begum' (1996), which won her the Special Jury Award at the 1997 National Film Awards.

Over the years, she came to be known as the quintessential mother in Bollywood films as she played a number of motherly roles in films like 'Devdas', 'Rang De Basanti', 'Hum Tum', 'Dostana', 'Main Hoon Na', 'Kurbaan', 'Om Shanti Om', and others.

On Kirron's 70th birthday, here are five times the actress aced her mom roles on screen:

Devdas

Kirron played the mother of Paro, essayed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial also starred Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff, and others in key roles.

Veer Zaara

In Yash Chopra's 'Veer Zaara', Kirron played the role of Preity Zinta's (Zaara) mother. She beautifully portrayed the plight of a woman torn between her love for her daughter and her duty towards her husband and family.

Main Hoon Na

In 'Main Hoon Na', Kirron played Zayed Khan's mother and Shah Rukh Khan's stepmother. Her character was one full of love and her bond with SRK's character Ram is one of the highlights of the film.

Dostana

In 'Dostana', Kirron stepped away from being a serious mom, and donned the hat of a rather hilariously skeptical mother, who thinks her son is gay.

Om Shanti Om

Kirron once again played a fun mother in 'Om Shanti Om', but it was her dramatic antics that made the audience laugh their hearts out.

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