• Dear Dad

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    Based on 16 critics

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    Dear Dad is a bittersweet coming of age story; involving a father-son duo 14 year old Shivam, and his 45 year old dad Nitin Swaminathan. The father-son duo embarks on an impromptu road trip from their home, in Delhi, to Mussorie (Uttarakhand), where Shivam attends boarding school. Unexpected confessions, weird strangers, accidental meetings, a drunken escapade and singing in the rain all these add up to a complicated and sweet tale

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  • Thank you Tanuj Bhramar for this wonderful journey on celluloid. You have done a marvelous job.

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  • It takes a whole lot of guts to make a film on alternate sexuality in India, specially when you are a first-time director. Tanuj Bhramar has pushed the envelope out of the closet as far as possible. And then some more.

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  • ...deserves a watch simply for the profound point it makes about accepting people for who they are and loving them unconditionally.

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  • Go watch this short, sensitive film that gives out the message that parenthood has nothing to do with one’s sexuality.

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  • ...touches upon a brave and important subject of acceptance, love and compassion, we wish the film was able to have a wider reach with a better storyline.

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  • The problem with it is simple — not much happens. And what does, happens at a lethargic pace, which can be unnerving.

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  • ...the execution is half-baked.

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  • Director Tanuj Bhramar could have explored gay relationships deeper. But in this film, he is almost content to let it all rest with a son's acceptance -- if willy-nilly -- of his father's sexuality.

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  • Though elegant composed and filled with warm possibilities, Dear Dad stays awfully impersonal communicating only from a distance to tread a tediously linear path.

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  • ...is a well-intentioned film that wants to make some crucial points. But it's weighed down by clunky writing, and a tendency on the part of the filmmakers to try too hard where subtlety might have worked better.

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  • This could have been a better film dealing with a real issue, but sadly, the script and direction did not seem confident enough to deal with it.

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  • ...is well intentioned but once it sets off on its journey, it does not seem to know where to go.

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  • The film is anchored by Arvind Swamy’s performance – though it’s really his presence, that quiet way he weathers the worst of storms.

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  • The movie wants to say something poignant and profound about the need for sons to accept their father’s decisions, but it doesn’t have the material to do so.

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  • ...Arvind Swamy’s pleasing presence and earnest effort notwithstanding. Whatever is there to the plot is too shallow to keep it afloat for even 90 odd minutes.

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  • ...there’s only so much the actors can do with a script that started off boldly but blinked when it mattered most.

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