Dear Father: Play Review

Paresh Rawal has been entertaining us with his impeccable acting prowess for over a decade now. To watch this ace actor perform live on stage is just wonderful.

Paresh Rawal’s Dear Father is an emotional roller coaster ride, sprinkled with just the right amount of humour. Based on a Marathi play by Uttam Gada ‘Katkon Trikon’, Paresh Rawal once again did a splendid job with Dear Father.

Dear Father has laugh-out-loud moments and also bruising family drama. The two-act play delved into the complexity of generation gap, differences of ideologies and the usual middle-class family drama. The story revolves around a 3-member family. A young married couple- Ajay played by Chetan Dhanani and Alka played by Mrinamayee Godbole and Ajay’s elderly father played by Paresh Rawal. Dear Father very perfectly brings out the best and worst in families. The best part of the play, of course is Paresh Rawal. He plays a double role in the play- the ‘Father’ and an inspector. Besides the daily squabbles between the family members, there are secrets. A mystery and a puzzle to be solved.

 

 

The acting by all three characters are top-notch. Paresh Rawal is amazingly good. With his trademark wise-cracks both as the aging father and the inspector, there wasn’t a dull moment. His comic timing and the agility was perfectly seen. Mrinmayee Godbole gives a ferociously superb performance as an independent working professional. Though at certain scenes Chetan Dhanani looks exhausted, he carries off his role with a commendable act.

The first act of Dear Father is eloquent and funny. There is light-hearted comedy and a suspense boiling. The second act however is weighed down by over-exaggeration of certain things. There is a lot of painful earnestness in the later half of the play.

Verdict:
There is humour. There is anxiety and desperation. Paresh Rawal’s Dear Father gives you moments to laugh about and at the same time issues to reflect upon. Watch the play for the excellent double-dose performance by Paresh Rawal. A delightful play that will evoke a certain question in your mind- Is modernity taking away the blissful family bonds?

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