Amitabh Bachchan in 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' (2001)
One of the largest and most epic tributes to parental love, was Karan Johar's magnum opus of feelings, 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham'. The aggressively tearjerker of a movie made us all cry, laugh, cry again, and then ultimately bawl in joyous rapture by the end. One of the themes of the movie was the love of fathers for their kids, and how rarely it's expressed. The whole premise actually was that, even though fathers may not express their love to their children as often as mothers, doesn't make their love any less. The father himself though, played by Amitabh Bachchan, was potentially one of the most emotional ly traumatizing Dads in film history.
Amitabh Bachchan played the business-minded patriarch of the family, who is more concerned with the traditions of his family, than his own children's happiness. When adopted son (Shahrukh Khan) falls in love with a girl of lower social standing (Kajol), Bachchan's character loses his shit and disowns Khan. They separate for 10 years until they eventually reunite again. The father's reaction to the whole thing in the end is basically blaming Khan for taking his anger too seriously; asking why he took his father's explicitly mean and hurtful comments to heart. WTF?!
This guy was responsible for making his eldest son, an orphan whom he adopted, feel very much alone and unloved by the only person he's known as a dad his whole life. And at the end of it all, his only acknowledgement of that, is to be scolded for being hurt in the first place?! "My true blood would just silently tolerate my abuse instead of actually leaving... like Hrithik did!" Come on!
And not just his adopted son, Bachchan alienated his wife, his youngest son, and basically caused all this turmoil in his family because of his own pride, stubborn-ness and arrogance, for more than a decade. He doesn't even know his own grandson, the heir to the empire he's so proud of. And yet, at his moment of redemption, he puts it all on the son he's traumatized for life. Awesome!