Throwback Thursday: Youth of TV’s Grandmothers

Television takes preference for a lot of people when it comes to looking for entertainment. We might criticize the programming and the way the characters never seem to age or live beyond a life span that’s normal. We might still go looking for it when there is nothing else to do. Every Indian TV Series family is very typical. You have a son/daughter who is the protagonist of the story. You have their annoying younger siblings and very strict elder ones. You have the parents who have everything rosy going on and they are all proud of their children (not comparing them to Sharmaji’s children). The icing on the cake are the grandmothers, who are the matriarchs of the family. They keep the family together and keep a tight hold over them. Everyone has a lot of respect for them and they are the ones who have no trouble keeping up with the changing times. When you see these grandmothers with their super cute hairdos and even cuter actions, there is a chance where you may have wondered what beauties they must have been in their youth. Today is your lucky day as you find out. We have compiled a list of TV’s favorite grandmothers and we will go back in time to take a sneak peek at their journey.

Farida Jalal

TV's Grandmothers - BookMyShowShe maybe everyone’s favourite naani from Shararat. But her journey in Bollywood, in fact, started as a child actress in the movie Ye Raaste Hai Pyaar Ke. Her first role as an adult was in the movie Taqdeer. Since her debut, she has acted in over 200 movies, in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil cinema. She is well known for portraying strong motherly roles, like her character in the movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge.

Sudha Shivpuri

TV's Grandmothers - BookMyShowPeople remember as the Baa from Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and they marvelled at her super long life span in the TV series. She also started acting very early. In fact, she was still in school when she was doing plays. She along with her husband Om Shivpuri (of Don fame, where he played Vardhan) formed her own theatre company named Dishantar, which has produced plays like Adhey Adhure and Tughlaq.

Surekha Sikri

TV's Grandmothers - BookMyShowAs Dadisa in the popular series Balika Vadhu, she put the fear of God into the audience with her orthodox views and refusal to change the old beliefs. Her character went through a tremendous change over time and it was her acting abilities that made it believable. She has won National Awards for her supporting roles in the movies Tamas and Mammo. She has given powerful performances in various entertainment fields – from Hindi plays, Bollywood and Malyalam movies to TV series.

Sarita Joshi

TV's Grandmothers - BookMyShowShe, along with her sister Padmarani, started acting in theatre since the age of 6 and she continues to do so. She made her debut in movies at the age of 16 and then focused her attention on TV series. She was seen in numerous series like Titliyaan and Hasratein in the 80s and 90s respectively. She is remembered for her role of Baa in the popular series Baa Bahoo Aur Baby. She also played the antagonist in the series Meri Aashiqui…Tumse Hi.

Apara Mehta

TV's Grandmothers - BookMyShowShe got her big break in the 90s with the series Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka which was also telecasted in Gujarati. She also played a major part in the Ekta Kapoor series Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. She is well known for her role of nani in the series Jamai Raja where she plays a cool and hip maternal grandmother to the protagonist.

It is always fun to look at the past of these lovely, motherly ladies. These old beauties have aged gracefully and they have stolen our hearts when they were younger. Their journey has been long and not without difficulties and they will be remembered in the hearts of the audience. Tell us about your favorite TV daadis and naanis in the comments below and don’t forget to share.

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