There’s so much written about the best dads in Bollywood films and TV shows, and how certain actors have made that role their own. However, most of the times, the fathers-in-law go unnoticed. Yes, at times, they have been menacing and plotted against their child’s better half, but in many Hindi movies and serials, the father-in-law has proved to be supportive and endearing. On World Father-in-law Day, let’s look at the most entertaining, loving, and funny, on-screen fathers-in-law in Bollywood films and Indian television serials.

Balraj Kapoor in Baabul Father-in-law

Which father-in-law would push his widowed daughter-in-law to remarry after his son’s death? Well, the patriarch, Balraj Kapoor (Amitabh Bachchan), in Ravi Chopra’s Baabul did. 

Kailash Nath in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!Father-in-law

Apart from being a loving father figure, Kailash Nath in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! was also a wonderful father-in-law. He was always full of praise for his daughter-in-law, played by Renuka Shahane. Alok Nath’s exceptional performance made the character all the more lovable.

Harischandra in VivahFather-in-law

After his to-be daughter-in-law was hospitalized with severe burn injuries, Harischandra, made sure she got the best treatment. He also gave her a suitcase full of jewelry rather than asking for dowry. Every girl would love to have a father-in-law like him!

Indravardhan Sarabhai in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Father-in-law

Not once did Indravardhan Sarabhai support his wife, Maya, when she passed snide remarks about their daughter-in-law, Monisha. In fact, he was always the friendliest one in the family. Satish Shah’s comic timing made Indravardhan one of the most-loved characters on TV. We’re glad that the show is finally coming back as a web series.

Dharamveer Singh in Balika Vadhu

Father-in-lawWhen Dharamveer Singh’s son left his wife for another woman, Singh decided to stand by his daughter-in-law. He disowned his son and let his daughter-in-law start life afresh. The regressive Indian TV shows definitely need more fathers-in-law like him.