Mother's Day treat: Movies you can watch with mom

We list the best of the lot

By Aasthika Das
  • Published 12.05.19, 6:07 PM
  • Updated 12.05.19, 6:07 PM
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Kajol and Kareena Kapoor in We Are Family Source: The movie poster

We Are Family by Siddharth Malhotra

We Are Family shows Maya (Kajol) and Aman (Arjun Rampal), who are divorced with three children and are leading a content life when disaster strikes Maya in the form of cancer. The movie follows the lives of the three children as they come to terms with the fact that they are going to lose their mother to cancer. It deals with the ever-changing dynamics of mother-child relationships as the children lose their mother, only to find a second mother in their father’s girlfriend, Shreya (Kareena Kapoor).

Brave focuses on a mother-daughter relationship
Brave focuses on a mother-daughter relationship A still from the movie

Brave by Brenda Chapman & Mark Andrews

A Disney movie which focuses on a mother-daughter relationship is a treat on multiple levels. The movie follows princess Merida who races against time to undo the spell cast by a witch that changed her mother into a bear. In the witch’s words, the solution is to ‘mend the bond torn by pride’. As the movie progresses, she realises the depth of the witch’s words and slowly, without even realising it, starts to mend the relationship between her mother and herself. Watch this movie for the cinematic pleasure of a Disney movie or simply to tell your mother how much you love her without using any words. 

Joy tells Jack that only the Room is real and everything in the outside world exists on television
Joy tells Jack that only the Room is real and everything in the outside world exists on television Source: The movie poster

Room by Lenny Abrahamson

For seven years, Joy (Brie Larson) and her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) have lived in captivity in a cell they call the ‘Room’. In order to survive, Joy tells Jack that only the Room is real and everything in the outside world exists on television. However, when Jack manages to escape, his ideas about the real world are shattered and he has to adjust to a life of freedom. Amidst all this he also has to deal with the changing dynamics of the relationship he shares with his mother.

This movie is an ode to all the mothers out there who can go to extreme lengths to see their children succeed
This movie is an ode to all the mothers out there who can go to extreme lengths to see their children succeed Source: A still from the movie

Nil Battey Sannata by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

This movie is an ode to all the mothers out there who can go to extreme lengths to see their children succeed. That is exactly what Chanda (Swara Bhasker) does too, refusing to believe that her daughter Apu (Ria Shukla) will become a maid just because she herself is one. She enrolls in Apu’s school to learn mathematics and teach Apu so that Apu passes her pre-board exam. Her endearing efforts are what sell this film largely, complete with memorising trigonometry formulae while washing dishes. In the course of the film, her relationship with Apu grows and culminates in a heart-warming ending. 

This movie gave every child the perfect song to impress their mother on Mother’s Day — Meri maa
This movie gave every child the perfect song to impress their mother on Mother’s Day — Meri maa Source: A still from the movie

Taare Zameen Par by Aamir Khan

This film was a huge hit not only because of how beautifully it portrayed a child’s victory over dyslexia but also because it showed a beautiful relationship between Ishaan (Darsheel Safary) and his mother (Tisca Chopra). Till date, the scene that comes to mind when someone mentions this movie is the one where Ishaan, feeling abandoned, is furiously running around his boarding school’s basketball court while his mother tries to console him in vain.This movie gave us serious feels and not to forget, it gave every child the perfect song to impress their mother on Mother’s Day — Meri maa

Amy along with her two friends Carla and Kiki decide to embrace their flaws and just let it all go
Amy along with her two friends Carla and Kiki decide to embrace their flaws and just let it all go Source: The movie poster

Bad Moms by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

The word ‘mom’ comes with the notion of a perfect caregiver, and in general a perfect human being, and that’s what Mila Kunis’ Amy strives to be in this movie, till a particularly disastrous PTA at her children’s school convinces her to let her hair down. She, along with her two friends Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) decide to embrace their flaws and just let it all go. What ensues is a complete laughter riot as we get to see the fun side of motherhood. 

Sridevi plays a stepmother in this movie who has a tough time reaching out to her stepdaughter
Sridevi plays a stepmother in this movie who has a tough time reaching out to her stepdaughter Source: The movie poster

Mom by Ravi Udyawar

If you’re in the mood for some hard-hitting cinema, then Mom could be your pick. Sridevi plays a stepmother in this movie who has a tough time reaching out to her stepdaughter (Sajal Aly). But that changes when she steps out to avenge the wrongs done to her stepdaughter by punishing her rapists single-handedly and in the course of her vengeance she manages to win her stepdaughter’s trust. 

A fortune cookie one night at a restaurant changes their fate
A fortune cookie one night at a restaurant changes their fate Source: The movie poster

Freaky Friday by Mark Waters

Anna (Lindsay Lohan) and Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) share the typically troubled relationship between a mother and her rebellious teenage daughter in Freaky Friday. However, a fortune cookie one night at a restaurant changes their fate. They learn what it feels like to walk a mile in each other’s shoes as they literally swap lives and bodies. What follows is a journey of self-discovery and acceptance as they learn to accept and love each other, flaws and all.