A daughter is always her “daddy’s girl”. But a father-son relationship always tends to be a silent one, where they do not express their love for each other much often.
So what happens when a boy, who like any other teenager thinks his dad is boring, finds out a dark secret his father has been hiding for years? It is the journey of a son from calling his father an “embarrassment” to being proud of his ‘Dear Dad’ that makes this coming of age an adorable movie. Find out why you shouldn’t miss this one…
Star Cast: Arvind Swamy, Himanshu Sharma and Aman Uppal
Director: Tanuj Bhramar
Producer: Ratnakar M, Shaan Vyas
Claps: Arvind Swamy, Himanshu Sharma, Story, Direction and Cinematography
What’s New: A rare movie (after ‘Kapoor & Sons’) that treats the topic of homosexuality with care rather than trolling it.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: It’s time for Shivam Swaminathan to get back to his hostel. However this time, his father Nitin decides to drop him all the way to Mussorie from Delhi. Why? Because Nitin has a secret he needs to share with his son.
Things take a turn when Shivam overhears Nitin making a confession to his paralyzed father- that he is gay and never had interest in any woman.
Performances: ‘Dear Dad’, undoubtedly, belongs to Arvind Swamy! With his eyes doing the talking, he delivers a completely matured and natural performance, without going overboard or getting melodramatic, that will make you adore him and sympathize with him. Indeed an amazing comeback. Or rather, let’s just say- Welcome back ‘Dear Dad’.
I honestly did not expect Himanshu Sharma to carry off his role this well. Playing a troubled kid trying to realize what’s right and what’s wrong, his teenage boy mannerisms make him a complete delight to watch.
It is the endearing chemistry between Swamy and Sharma that is the backbone of this movie.
Aman Uppal makes his character a believable one- from providing humour by acting as an attention-seeking model to giving some gyaan to Shivam when necessary.
Direction: Perhaps the best thing about ‘Dear Dad’ is its direction. Despite having a bold topic in hand that could lead to many more paths- Tanuj Bhramar takes a sweet and simple approach and keeps the movie limited to his two characters and the world around them. How wonderfully he handles such a bold topic and makes it look like just a small issue one needs to digest and move on with. And at the same time, wonderfully handles the conflict between father and son and the changes in their relationship.
Yes, the runtime is less but every point in the movie gets justified and any kind of change in the behaviour of its characters comes across as a well-executed and believable one than a sudden one.
The movie also gets its fair share of humour every now and then.
The cinematography is wonderful and refreshing.
Verdict: We give the movie THUNDEROUS CLAPS for handling a controversial topic with care, for a refreshing and endearing journey of two people from being just father-son to friends and each others confidante, and for an amazing comeback by Arvind Swamy!