Recently a film has been released on Amazon Prime Video – Dear Father. There is a lot of confusion among the audience about this film as to who is its creator. The opening credits of the film show that the screenplay has been written by Aditya Rawal. Dr. Vivek Bele’s name has been given for the original story and scenario and it has also been written that this film is an adaptation of famous drama writer Uttam Gada of Gujarat’s famous play ‘Dear Father’. Even after doing research, the correct information is not available because this play is being staged for the last several years, but in 2018 a film starring Nana Patekar was made in Marathi on the same story – ‘Aapla Manoos’, whose writer-screenwriter was Vivek Belle. And this film was made on Vivek Bele’s famous play ‘Katkon Triangle’. Well, aside from this controversy, one thing will be clear in the mind of every viewer from the film ‘Dear Father’, some films need a good editor, especially a film based on a drama. Dear Father, based on a good story, is too long and the whole sense of mystery has been destroyed by not putting the scenes in the right way.
In Dear Father, Paresh Rawal is a retired man who lives in a flat with his lawyer son. While his son (Chetan Dhanani) is a bit submissive, unable to speak much in front of his father, his wife (Mansi Parekh) is a school teacher who is a bit quick-tempered and does not like any interference in his life, especially of her father-in-law. He feels that his father-in-law is of old opinion, associates everything with rituals, describes every expense as a waste and is so conservative that he wants to establish himself by making up fabricated stories in front of his neighbours. As it happens, Paresh Rawal and Mansi quarrel with each other many times and Chetan tries to establish peace by mediating between the two. On one such night, Paresh Rawal falls down from his balcony and is taken to the hospital. An Inspector (Paresh Rawal, in another role) comes to investigate the matter, who is seen in different ways, first proving the case as a suicide and then a murder. To make both Chetan and Mansi accused, they go on presenting different types of theories and evidence. After everything, when it seems that now one of the two will be in jail, both Chetan and Mansi are saved by the statement given by old Paresh Rawal in the hospital and Inspector Paresh Rawal is suspended.
Paresh Rawal has been staging the play ‘Dear Father’ written by Uttam Gada for many years. Out of many of his superhit plays, ‘Dear Father’ is counted among the best. This is the second Gujarati film in the career of Paresh Rawal, who started his career in 1982 with the Gujarati film Naseeb Ni Balihari. That is, after 40 years, he is doing a Gujarati film. It is the same story of Aapla Manoos starring Nana Patekar in 2018 and director Satish Rajwade along with Nana Patekar gave Vivek Bele’s story and script a mystery thriller color. Vivek had earlier written a play called Katkon Triangle in which noted drama actor Dr. Mohan Agashe played the lead role. The film ‘Dear Father’ is actually a true story of the relationship between father-son-daughter-in-law and father-in-law. In the present time, whenever the elders of the house give any lesson or advice to the new generation people, they do not like it. A thing that used to happen in our times may sound ridiculous, it may seem old, it may seem like a narrow ideology, whereas the fact is that powerful capitalism has made fun of human sensibilities. Today, we spend lakhs of rupees to get a phone so that the people of the house stay in touch, but forget that the elders of the house are not happy talking on the phone but they are happy to spend some time with them. It is not necessary to get a big house on EMI, but spending time together in any house makes it a home. It is necessary to spread the legs according to the sheet, not nam kritva ghritam pibet. The worldwide disease has made us understand the meaning of deposits and also the unusability of credit cards. We have now understood the meaning of being healthy, but the reason for the competition to move forward by harming health is not yet understood.
Paresh Rawal is in top form. As an old man and also as a police officer. One scene is amazing. When Police Inspector Paresh Rawal visits Mansi Parekh at school, he identifies himself as a representative of a feminist organization. Mansi asks him why Paresh replies that if the police have come to meet you, then people would have misunderstood Mansi. After some time Mansi tells Paresh that his (Inspector Paresh’s) face is very similar to that of his father-in-law, then Paresh replies that those whose sorrows are similar, their faces are often found. At the end of the film, it is understood that the relationship between Paresh and his son is also not good. Mansi Parekh’s acting is also good. A girl of today’s age, who cares as much about her career as her husband, who does not get stuck in household chores and fights with anyone for her ideas, the character of Mansi is also very thoughtfully written. is. In the role of Mansi’s husband and Paresh’s son, Chetan also forgets himself while sharing the rapport between father and wife. His anger while confronting police officer Paresh Rawal seems justified and genuine.
The irony of the film ‘Dear Father’ is its length. Actually, the Marathi film Aapla Manoos was also so long, yet it seems boring for a very short time while ‘Dear Father’ seems very long. The reason for this is editing. If the use of flashback and flash forward in mystery films is in balance, then the mystery remains. The flashback in ‘Dear Father’ seems to have been used a bit. The scenes in the film should have been shortened. Some dialogues should have been sacrificed. While adapting from play to film, it is important to remember that play takes place on a set, it is live and different sets, different color configurations, costumes may be used in films. There is a difference between the language of a play and the language of a film. ‘Dear Father’ director Umang Vyas should have kept this in mind. Even before this, he has made a Marathi film ‘Ventilator’ in Gujarati. ‘Dear Father’ can be made the best film only with the help of right editing. Looking at this, it is realized how important it is to have the right editing.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 14, 2022, 12:50 IST