Dear Dad Review by Mohar Basu on The Times Of India
It takes guts for the father of a teenaged boy to come out of the closet. And even more, to profess the truth to him. The kid, who fancies looking at adult magazines and has a crush on a girl from the neighbouring school, is shattered when he discovers why his parents are getting a divorce. Director Tanuj Bhramar whips up a charming story that effectively beats the stigma of homosexuality. He paints a poignant tale filled with warmth and some genuine sweet moments.
Dear Dad Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
‘Dear Dad’ makes a stab at it, and the intention is great : there’s a welcome beginning in Bollywood of examining family and relationships and the complications which arise from just something as simple as different people who are wired differently living together. But the execution is half-baked.
Dear Dad Review by H Shivkumar on Bollywood Life
Only a few things pull the film down just a bit. First is overall slow pace of the film which is more or less balanced by amazing cinematography. Another problem with Dear Dad is tries to be too realistic and towards the end it sort of loses track of itself. The story begins to lose direction a bit and rambles on. Finally, for such an emotional film, the makers could have taken more time to establish the characters for a much deeper connect with the audience. In the end, all are minor flaws which dents Dear Dad just a bit.
Dear Dad Review by Tushar Joshi on DNA India
The pace of Dear Dad takes away whatever good the story and narrative do in the second half. The portions past interval are lethargic and heavy. Also with Kapoor and Sons dealing with a similar subject showed us that socially relevant subjects can be entertaining as well. While comparisons between these two films are unwarranted, Dear Dad fails to live up to the charm it set out to achieve. Also, the scenes between Arvind and Himanshu at times seem rehearsed and technical than natural and easy.
Dear Dad Review by Asira Tarannum on Deccan Chronicle
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. It’s good to see Arvind Swamy come back after so many years with a different yet powerful role.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
The lightly mustached Himanshu plays out this shift from shock to anger to confused to proud with low-key wisdom and warmth. His on screen daddy Arvind Swamy provides rock steady support in a role that falls short of depth and empathy. Now here’s an actor so incredibly self-assured and collected in his impact, it would be a crime not to see more of him. Preferably in something better defined than Dear Dad.
Review by Shubha Shetty Saha on Mid-Day India
A good subject, but unfortunately, there is no meat in the script or the screenplay for it to hold the attention of the viewer. All we are subjected to for the rest of the movie are the beautiful landscapes en route to Mussoorie and some everyday conversations. It’s good to see Swamy on screen again, but wish he was part of a better film. Uppal shows potential. 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.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Arvind Swamy fans will be happy to learn that the actor still has what it takes. Unfortunately, his character doesn’t give him many opportunities to reveal his signature sheepish smile— much like a toddler’s, having relieved himself without anyone’s knowledge. His dramatic pauses hold the audience even when his character fumbles while constructing what he wants to say. However, it is arguable whether trading his trademark mooch for a stubble was a decision that paid off. Hemanshu Sharma, playing the teenage son, is convincingly gullible and his character (thankfully) isn’t overtly sardonic or unnecessarily rebellious like teens in most films. Ekavali Khanna makes her short part count by exuding a casual charm.
Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham
Thank you Tanuj Bhramar for this wonderful journey on celluloid. You have done a marvelous job. Thank you Arvind Swamy, Himanshu Sharma and Ekavali Khanna; all of you deserve kudos for bringing alive such wonderful, genuine characters on screen.
Dear Dad Review by Indiaglitz
‘Dear Dad’ has a sensitive subject with ace performance by Arvind Swamy, which gets diluted due to weak, slow and lethargic treatment. It could have been one among all those great feel good film, instead succumbs to an average to decent watch.
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
Though this is a film about painful revelations, Dear Dad is not a sad film. It doesn’t celebrate human frailty. But it tells us it’s okay to be what we are, who we are and never mind why we are what we are
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
We must say that though Arvind has made a comeback after many years, he has lost none of his charm and it is a sheer delight to watch him in the film. Himanshu as his teenage son Shivam too has done a decent job though the makers could have come up with better dialogues for their scenes.
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