Movie Review : Dear Dad

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DIRECTOR: Tanuj Bhramar

CAST: Arvind Swamy, Himanshu Sharma, Ekavali Khanna, Aman Uppal

STORY: What if your dad is gay? Nitin (Arvind Swamy) takes a road trip to drop his son Shivam (Himanshu Sharma) to the boarding school. Their is a typical father-son relationship where the boy prefers the company of his gadgets over a conversation with his father. But this comfortable equation changes when Nitin makes a shocking revelation, the reality of his life.

REVIEW: Well, it needs a guts to portray film on alternate sexuality in India, and specially when its come to the confession of a father to his teenage son. Tanuj Bhramar as a first-time director, took one of the controversial topic of the society. He elaborated a charming story that effectively beats the stigma of homosexuality. He paints a poignant tale filled with warmth and some genuine sweet moments.

This road movie, shot in beauty of mountainous spots in and around Mussourie. It’s the story of a happy successful seemingly functional family falling apart when the patriarch Nitin Swaminathan decides to come out of the closet.  The problem lies in the fact that the writing failed to evokes curiosity. How does Nitin’s wife deal with the secret is never explored. Neither do we figure how Shivam and Nitin magically iron out their differences.

But Tanuj makes you fall for it nevertheless. He says his story simply, with a lot of heart. As per acting, Arvind Swamy’s effortless screen presence will take you to the great extent. You will get amused by some of the scenes, where an acquaintance tries to zip himself up in Nitin’s company and he quips, ‘Don’t worry. You aren’t my type!’ Himanshu does a good job but his meltdown doesn’t have a strong-enough impact.

Well, “Dear Dad” is a simple visual delight, it deserves a watch, which gives a strong point about accepting people for who they are and loving them unconditionally.

 

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