Bollywood films tend to over-glorify relationships. I know, big shocker there. However, your girl has sat through enough monstrosities to know there are quite a few gems amidst the usual nonsense. They hit the mark when it comes to looking at fatherhood outside the usual Bollywood tropes.
This father’s day, we take a look at some beautiful films that teach us memorable life lessons through their portrayal of father-children relationships.
Fathers Day Films with Serious #DadLove:
1“Main Aisa Hi Hoon”
“Main Aisa Hi Hoon” is a unique love story of an intellectually disabled father fighting to keep custody of his 7-year-old daughter.
Indraneel, a lovable coffee shop waiter, lives with his daughter Gunjan who is rapidly getting ahead of him cognitively. Gunjan’s mother, Maya, passed not long after her birth due to drug abuse and seven years later Maya’s father arrives to gain custody of his granddaughter. Ajay Devgn does a decent job as the disabled father in this powerful story and legend Anupam Kher takes on the role of Gunjan’s grandfather. The story is based on the American film “I Am Sam,” starring Sean Penn.
Aamir Khan shows us the fierce side of a father with his role in “Dangal.” Based on a true story, Khan plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler. Initially upset that he had no sons to carry on his wrestling legacy, he soon realizes that his daughters are just as capable, if not more.
Though their relationship isn’t soft and cuddly, it is a strong one as Mahavir continues to push his daughters to succeed by training them even when they attend an academy with professional coaches.
Real-life father and son Abhishek Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan switch roles in this film. The senior Bachchan brilliantly takes on the role of little Auro, a 12-year-old boy with progeria. Progeria is a rare genetic disorder that ages children physically much faster than their age. These children don’t usually live past their late teens or 20s.
Abhishek plays Amol, a politician who meets Auro during a visit to Auro’s school. Amol is unaware that Auro is his son, Auro has grown up in a loving home with his mother Vidya, played by Vidya Balan, and his grandma. Being a clever boy, Auro finds a way to teach his father the value of love and compassion by reuniting his parents.
Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone play father and daughter in “Piku.” Audiences easily related to the father-daughter relationship between Bachchan and Padukone due to their effortless chemistry. The story follows Bachchan and his constant bowel movement dilemma for which he constantly bugs his daughter, even leaving “urgent” messages at work to let her know about his constipation.
Piku is often frustrated with her father’s eccentric ways. When her father sets his mind to drive to his home in Calcutta the journey the life lessons and constipation are endless.
Rounding off this list is a hilarious comedy, reminiscent of the American hit film, “3 Men and a Baby.” When a baby shows up on the doorstep of three reckless bachelors, they have to go from playboy to dad mode in seconds. With no experience with children or child care, these men have their lives thrown into chaos attempting to manage a baby and figure out who is the real father.
Fardeen Khan, Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh star in this comedy. Behind all the laughs, the men do learn the lesson of responsibility and now realize how awful they had treated the women in their lives prior to having a daughter.