“Some films strive to exemplify cinema with a purpose,” I found myself saying, as I exited Tanuj Bhramar’s Dear Dad preview starring Arvind Swamy and Himanshu Sharma in lead roles.
Sentiments that convey reality must be echoed loud and clear, so read on and find out why I think Dear Dad oozes with realism…
- Dialogues: The dialogues most often bind together the reality factor of a film and in this case, dialogues heightened the realism. An instance would be a conversation between Nitin Swaminathan (played by Arvind Swamy)and his son Shivam Swaminathan (played by Himanshu Sharma). When Nitin prompts Shivam about keeping up with the IPL matches on TV in a hostel setup, the latter replies, “Humein TV ki kya zarurat hai? Hum toh sab mobile pe dekhte hai?” (What do we need TV for? We all use the mobile to watch the matches)
Now that’s a reality pointed out well, mobile phones are our first screens today!
2. Arrangement of characters: A father who is homosexual, an adolescent son who won’t accept it at once and a rising reality TV shows’ star whose fame is anything but real. These are characters we know of, there exist men who do learn about their sexual preference much later or sometimes are even aware of but forced to a lead a societal ‘normal’ life. For an adolescent, unless knowledge is imparted, homosexuality is considered abnormal and as for the reality TV star, with no offence to anyone, their fame is often known to be pseudo and short lived.
The arrangement and traits of the characters’ don’t make them appear from another planet.
3. Emotions not attention erosion: Given the sensitivity of the situation and the emotional value attached to the father-son relationship, the display of emotions could go haywire to become a melodramatic watch eroding the viewers’ attention, but Thank good God and Arvind Swamy’s acting skills majorly to be under the skin of the character and not turn it into a weepy fest.
The audience much like Pushpa’s Rajesh Khanna hates too many tears.
4. The subject: The plot of the film together didn’t collapse because it explores the father-son relationship as opposed to father-daughter relationship. While a father-daughter have their daddy and daddy’s little girl association; a father-son are known to communicate fairly less in most cases, yet deep down the duo has certain unsaid expectations from each other.
The less words in father-son relationship made for more content.
P.S: Is the film all that you call picture perfect and there hasn’t been a better film? That would be no. The film flatters a little too many times and is seen fumbling as it tries to battle a big message in a relatively small run time. But Arvind Swamy’s acting and the reality game deserve an applause!