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Absence of Mothers in AAA – Julia Gron

To begin with, it is quite obvious that Amar, Akbar, and Anthony lose their parents very early on in the film. Instead of having two parents, each boy is adopted by one man – Anthony by a Father/priest, Akbar by a tailor, and Amar by a man who sees him on the side of the road. Each boy grows up with a makeshift father in their lives, but none have anything close to a mother figure. Interestingly enough, none of the adoptive fathers are married or have women in their lives that are introduced to the audience, which seems quite uncommon.

Furthermore, none of the love-interests in the film have legitimate mothers either. Jenny is raised by Kishanlal, who does not take another wife after his ‘dies’ early on in the film. Salma, Akbar’s love interest, is similarly shown without a mother. She is raised by her father, who seems overly strict and a little bit ridiculous throughout the course of the film. The closest thing that anyone has in the film to a mother that raised them is Lakshmi, but her stepmother is terribly cruel and is shown in an extreme and almost comedic manner to emphasize how non-motherly her character really is.

I think the significance of this is to emphasize that there is only one ‘true’ mother for Indians – Mother India, which is symbolized in the role of Bharati. Bharati is the only mother shown in the movie (grandmothers excluded), and takes pains to nurture all of her ‘children.’ She unites men of all 3 major religions in India with the common cause of saving her life/saving ‘India.’ By the end of the film, Bharati is recognized as everyone’s mother – Amar, Akbar and Anthony’s biological mother, and Lakshmi, Jenny, and Salma’s mother-in-law. I think the basic patriotic message this imparts is that Mother India takes care of all, no matter what their background, and thus all Indians should take care of her.



Filed by jgron at March 31st, 2013 under Uncategorized

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