Bollywood is blessed with talented families who have graced the screen and entertained millions of people for generations. The children of actors have often entered show business and surprised the audience with their talent and beauty. Here is a list of some of the greatest mother-daughter duos in the Indian entertainment industry.
1. Babita and
Karisma Kapoor /
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Babita, the daughter of actor
Hari Shivdasani was herself a Bollywood actress who made a total of 19 films, till she married
Randhir Kapoor and turned into a home-maker. She has starred in successful movies of her times like Farz(1967), Haseena Maan Jayegi(1968), and Kismat(1968). She has two daughters, Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Her elder daughter Karisma is one of the most famous actresses of the 1990s and has won several awards including a National Film Award. Some of her movies are Coolie No. 1(1995), Raja Hindustani(1996), Dil To Pagal Hai(1997), Zubeidaa(2001), etc. Babita’s younger daughter Kareena is one of the highest-paid contemporary movie stars. Her notable films include Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham(2001), Chameli(2004), Omkara(2006), Jab We Met(2007), etc. She is happily married to actor
Saif Ali Khan and has a kid named,
Taimur Ali Khan.
2. Tanuja and
Tanuja is an acclaimed yesteryear actress who has starred in several successful films like Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966),
Haathi Mere Saathi (1971),
Jewel Thief (1971), etc. Her elder daughter Kajol is a critically and commercially acclaimed actress, starring in films like Baazigar(1993), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge(1995), Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha(1998), and several others. Her pairing with
Shah Rukh Khan is loved by all, and they have starred in numerous blockbusters. Kajol is Ajay Devgan's wife and they have two children.
Shobha Kapoor and
Shobha Kapoor, the wife of actor Jeetendra, is a producer and managing director of Balaji Telefilms. She runs the company with her daughter Ekta Kapoor, and together they have produced some of the greatest television soap operas like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi,
Kasautii Zindagii Kay,
Pavitra Rishta, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, etc. Their company’s branch Balaji Motion Pictures produces and distributes movies. Some of their productions are
The Dirty Picture,
Udta Punjab, etc. Together, this mother-daughter duo is responsible for creating iconic shows for the Indian audience.
Hema Malini and
Hema Malini is a well-known Indian actress who has starred in very successful films opposite actors like Dharmendra,
Rajesh Khanna, and
Dev Anand. She is also a producer, classical dancer, and politician. Her filmography includes
Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Sholay (1975),
Dream Girl (1977), The Burning Train (1980), etc. She has worked in over a hundred films. Her elder daughter with husband Dharmendra is Esha Deol, but she is not as successful as her mother. However, she has been a part of some hit movies like LOC Kargil (2003), Dhoom (2004), Dus (2005), Kaal (2005), etc. She has also been a judge on MTV Roadies X2.
Sharmila Tagore and
Soha Ali Khan
Sharmila Tagore is a great actress in the Indian film industry, initially known for her bold costumes and roles. She is the owner of two
National Film Awards and Padma Bhushan. Her noteworthy films include
Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), Aradhana (1969), Mausam (1975), etc. She married the Nawab of Pataudi and former Indian cricket captain, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. Her youngest daughter Soha Ali Khan is also an actress. She has appeared in Hindi, English, and Bengali movies. Her works include the controversial Bengali film Antar Mahal (2005),
Rang De Basanti (2006),
Tum Mile (2009), etc. She is married to Bollywood actor
Dimple Kapadia and Twinkle/
Dimple made a splash in Bollywood at the age of 16 when she debuted with Raj Kapoor’s production Bobby. She is also a National Award Winner for Best Actress. Her career choices include both commercial and art-house cinema, like Saagar (1985), Kaash (1987), Rudaali (1993),
Dil Chahta Hai (2001), etc. She married Rajesh Khanna and had two daughters with him. Her elder daughter
Twinkle Khanna is a retired actress and wife of superstar
Akshay Kumar. Some of her movies are Barsaat (1995), Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (2001), Joru Ka Ghulam (2000), etc. Rinke Khanna is an actress too, who has mainly played supporting roles in movies like Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai (2001), Chameli (2003), Jhankaar Beats(2003), etc.
7. Sarika and Shruti/
Sarika debuted as a child actor and went on to become a successful actress. She has starred in films like Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Jaani Dushman (1979),
Satte Pe Satta (1982), Bheja Fry (2007), etc. She married
Kamal Haasan in 1988 and had two daughters with him before getting divorced in 2004. Her elder daughter
Shruti Haasan has acted in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi movies like
Oh My Friend (2011),
Gabbar Singh (2012),
Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013), Gabbar is Back (2015), etc. Her younger sister Akshara Haasan made her debut in 2015 with the film Shamitabh.
Soni Razdan and
Soni Razdan is a theater actress who has also worked in TV serials and Bollywood movies. Her daughter Alia Bhatt is one of the most loved contemporary actors. Alia has films like Student of the Year (2012), Highway (2014), 2 States (2014), Udta Punjab (2016), Raazi (2018, etc.) to her credit.
Aparna Sen and
Konkona Sen Sharma
Aparna Sen is a brilliant actress and director who has mainly worked in Bengali cinema. She is one of the best directors of contemporary movies. Her daughter Konkona Sen Sharma achieved success in Bollywood by appearing mostly in independent films and parallel cinema. She has acted in films like Mr. and Mrs. Iye r(2002), Omkara (2006), Life in a… Metro (2007),
Ek Thi Daayan (2013), etc.
Moon Moon Sen and
Raima Sen /
Moon Moon Sen is the daughter of the legendary actress
Suchitra Sen. She has worked in Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi films. Overall, she has acted in over 60 films and about 50 television series. Her daughters Riya and Raima Sen have been moderately successful in the Hindi film industry.