For some reason, Salman is very affectionate to his on screen mothers. He not not only chooses them carefully, but also develops a very nice bond with them off screen as well. In the past he is also known to have bonded really well with his Maine Pyar Kiya mother Reema ji. Now, in Jai Ho, he is said to be bonding really well with his on-screen mother Nadira Babbar. In fact, it was him who insisted that she should play the role of his mother in Jai Ho.
A close friend of Salman says, “Bhai takes the mother’s role in all his films very seriously. There was a time after Maine Pyar Kiya when Reemaji (Reema Lagoo) was Salman’s favourite screen-mom and he insisted on having her play his mom. After Reemaji the one screen-mom whom he really warmed up to was Hemaji.”
On why he chose Nadira Babbar as his mother for Jai Ho, “Salman is really close to the Babbar family. Raj Babbar Saab stepped in to play Kareena Kapoor’s father in Bodyguard on Salman’s insistence. And now Nadiraji who doesn’t care to act in films has agreed to play his mom in Jai Ho only because he was very keen” was what the source said.
Nadira Babbar will be returning to the big screen after nearly 9 years when she played Aishwarya’s mother in Bride and Prejudice.