Here are Some Indian movies that showed remarriages can be healthy!
The word remarriage has always had a negative connotation attached to it. There has always been a taboo regarding this subject in our society. People often associate it with broken, messed-up individuals who have lost all purpose to live. Movies, mostly, have shown second marriages as hell where the evil stepmother/stepfather tortures the kids. While it is also true that second marriages can be challenging, it does not mean that they always have to be dark and miserable. Second marriages also assure that there is always a second chance at love. When handled with maturity and care the kids will feel comfortable with the new family dynamics. There have been few Indian movies that have shown remarriages in a positive light. Let’s have a look!
1.We Are family (2010, Hindi)
Maya’s (Kajol) world begins and ends with her three children. Though divorced, she maintains an amicable relationship with her ex-husband and ensures that the divorce does not affect her kids in any way. Aman, Maya’s ex-husband is in a relationship with Shreya, a successful fashion designer, and plans to marry her soon. With Maya getting diagnosed with terminal cancer, Shreya now has the responsibility to step in as the new mom to Maya’s kids. The shifting dynamics of the relationships have been beautifully shown in We are Family. It really fills our hearts!
2. Spirit (2012, Malayalam)
It is made clear to us that Raghunandan (Mohanlal) and Meera (Kaniha) have separated because of Raghu’s toxic alcoholism. But it is also shown how Meera and her current husband Alexy are his only best friends. In fact, Raghu is happy that Alexy maintains a beautifully strong bond with Meera and Raghu’s mute son, Sunny. This complex relationship between the four has been captured beautifully in Spirit.
3.Aarkkariyam (2021, Malayalam)
Shirley and Roy were both married previously to different people before they found each other. Their relationship has been shown in a very natural and realistic way. They can even be seen breaking the gender-assigned roles in a marriage. Their relationship blends in with the story’s backdrop effortlessly.
4.Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013, Hindi)
I feel this segment was the most un-noticed one in this cult classic Hindi movie. Bunny’s stepmother Shivani may not have the best relationship with Bunny and she understands that. She knows that she is his father’s wife and can never replace his dead mother. But we see her wanting good for Bunny, wanting him to make his father proud. In a small yet significant way, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani shows a healthy portrayal of remarriage.
5. Puzhu (2022, Malayalam)
Bharathi (Parvathy) and KP’s relationship is not only a healthy portrayal of remarriages but also a sneak peek into the taboo that surrounds remarriage. They struggle to find a house and often witness inappropriate behavior because of their marital status.
6. Take Off (2017, Malayalam)
Sameera (Parvathy) takes the bold step and walks away from a marriage that forced her to confine herself. While hustling to make ends meet, she finds love again in the arms of Shaheed (Kunchako Boban). With her son still with her ex-husband, she struggles to manage the finances. A Muslim woman entering into another marriage is one of the rarest scenes that you can find in Malayalam cinema. Take Off fills this gap by introducing us to Sameera.
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