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When heroines got pregnant on screen!

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Pregnancy has been dealt with quite a few times in Hollywood.

But it’s not a very common theme in Hindi movies.

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kiara Advani get ‘pregnant’ for their new film, Good Newwz, which co-stars Akshay Kumar and Diljit Dosanjh.

Before we watch the comedy of errors play out on screen, Joginder Tuteja looks at the times when heroines got pregnant for the big screen.


Kriti Sanon, Mimi

When Bollywood heroines turned pregnant for screen

Photograph: Kind courtesy Kriti Sanon /Instagram

In this official adaptation of the Marathi film Mala Aai Vhaaychya, Kriti Sanon plays a surrogate mother.

The film has an interesting plot centered around her character.

Mimi reunites the Luka Chuppi team of Kriti, producer Dinesh Vijan and director Laxman Utekar.


Neena Gupta, Badhaai Ho

When Bollywood heroines turned pregnant for screen

This Bollywood blockbuster featured a pregnant woman, played by character actor Neena Gupta.

A veteran in the business, she brought the right shades into her character, making it a fun yet emotional ride.

The film also saw credible performances from Gajraj Rao, Ayushmann Khurranna, Sanya Malhotra and Surekha Sikri.


Akshara Haasan, Lalu Ki Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana

When Bollywood heroines turned pregnant for screen

Akshara Haasan played an unwed mother-to-be in Lalu Ki Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana, a performance that largely went unseen due to the limited release of the film.

She starred alongside Vivaan Shah in this comedy with plenty of drama.

Earlier this year, Akshara played a pregnant woman once again in the Tamil film, Kadaram Kondan.


Vidya Balan, Kahaani

When Bollywood heroines turned pregnant for screen

A pregnancy that wasn’t!

Director Sujoy Ghosh created a thrilling story around a pregnant protagonist, who wasn’t actually pregnant.

Vidya Balan was supremely convincing and the big reveal in the climax took everyone by surprise.


Sheena Shahabadi, Teree Sang

When Bollywood heroines turned pregnant for screen

Newcomer Sheena Shahabadi looked like the teenager she played in this Satish Kaushik directed film, even though she was in her 20s.

The film revolved around teenage pregnancy, and reminded us of the Hollywood film, Juno.

Incidentally, her onscreen mother was played by Neena Gupta.


Juhi Chawla, Jhankaar Beats

When Bollywood heroines turned pregnant for screen

Juhi Chawla played a pregnant woman in the fun film, Jhankaar Beats, which saw the debut of Kahaani director Sujoy Ghosh.

The film featured an ensemble cast including Sanjay Suri, Rahul Bose, Rinke Khanna, Shayan Munshi and Riya Sen, and was largely made as a tribute to RD Burman and his music.


Preity Zinta, Kya Kehna

When Bollywood heroines turned pregnant for screen

Preity Zinta has played a pregnant actress thrice over!

Her first time was in Kya Kehna, where she played an unwed mother.

The film earned her raves, and the industry realised that this young woman was a credible actress.


Preity Zinta, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke

When Bollywood heroines turned pregnant for screen

A year after Kya Kehna, Preity became a surrogate, who helps another couple — Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji — become parents.

She played a prostitute with a heart of gold, and she carried off the drama quite well.


Preity Zinta, Salaam Namaste

When Bollywood heroines turned pregnant for screen

Preity played an unwed mother-to-be once again in Salaam Namaste.

A new-age romcom directed by War filmmaker Siddharth Anand, Preity had her Kya Kehna partner Saif Ali Khan for company this time as well. 

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