It’s Mother’s Day, and that multitasker in your life deserves a break.
Forget social distancing… cuddle up with mommy and make her day memorable, binge watch these films and shows with her, and give her a unique gift (listed below). For the lack of a restaurant to take her to this Mother’s Day, maybe go the extra mile, breakfast in bed, and the likes…
An excellent comeback film for an excellent actress, English Vinglish is the story of Shashi (Sridevi) who makes excellent laddoos but is the constant object of ridicule for her English-speaking elitist kids and husband. A beautiful narrative that charts her journey of being mocked at, and learning the language whilst on a family trip to New York, is a heartwarming watch. A simple plot of a woman, a mother and her oh-so-small victories, the film is a toasted marshmallow by a bonfire on a cold winter night. Cuddle up with mommy dear and get some popcorn to munch on.
Mother’s Day Collaborative playlist
Your mom may belong to the mixtape era, and it’s surely been a while since someone recorded her favourite songs and compiled them as a display of love. She married the last guy who did that (ummmm…. your dad, duh) and since then, that’s the one thing he hasn’t done to impress her since. Be the one to bring back her love for old classics, make a playlist of her favourite songs and this virtual gift is sure to win her heart all over again.
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel (S1-3)
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel might be the new series for you to watch with mother dear. Rachel Brosnahan stars as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a vivacious, quick-witted upper middle class housewife with what she thought was the perfect 1950s New York lifestyle: husband, kids, beautiful Upper West Side apartment; the works. When things take an unforeseen turn and flip that all upside down, she stumbles into trying out standup comedy – and discovers she has something of a talent for not only making people laugh but for hitting upon life’s truths and enigmas while doing it. Mid-century Manhattan is worth the binge-watching any Sunday afternoon.
Chef’s Table (S1-6)
This series (now six seasons strong) shadows world-renowned chefs as they take viewers on a personal journey through their culinary evolution. Each episode affords the viewer an intimate, informative glimpse into what gets a genius's creative juices flowing. Lovingly shot in razor-sharp Ultra HD quality (for those with the necessary Netflix subscription), you can almost smell the aromas seeping through your screen and tickling your nostrils. From glistening, perfectly-cooked pieces of meat to mouth-watering steaming pasta dishes, this is food porn of the highest order. Just try not to drool too much.
Maa First Friend Forever
It’s a beautiful relationship, no doubt. Your first friend and, hopefully, a forever wala friend too – that’s basically summing up being a mom. The mom Supriya Shukla is currently quite the internet sensation ‘coz of this cute and soulful film about the relationship of a mother and son, and no matter what, your mom is the one best friend who’ll never give up on you. Don’t post a picture on social media this Mother’s Day. Watch this heartwarming film with her instead and spend some quality time.
The complicated reality behind the process of adoption for quirky couple Nikki and Jason. The true-to-life intricacies of the adoption process take a toll on childless couples and the first season is committed to candidly highlighting that. Desperate to have a child and allowing oneself to be invaded by agency experts who determine your fate as far as the adoption process goes to form the plot of this British sitcom. Watch it with your mum, and you might unearth a secret, never-before-told story behind your existence too.