Peanut Butter is not about the recipe. Neither is it about a chef who aspires to do something magical with it. Instead, it is about a kid who is not even born and might not be born either. Premarital pregnancy and abortions are still among those subjects that we don't discuss openly in our society. There are abundant reasons for a woman to not choose being a single mother over abortion, many are right and many are just too wrong. This short, however, is a take on why it shouldn't be done because of the wrong ones.
The film starts when Priya Mathur (Gauhar Khan), a 28-year-old single investment banker, who has just got a positive on her pregnancy test, decides to go for an abortion. While she books an appointment with her gynecologist and was thinking about it, a boy Rohan (Dhiraj Totlani) shows up on the door to ask for some peanut butter to remove the chewing gum stuck on his shoes. He playfully comes inside the house and surprisingly knows everything about Priya. Soon after realizing that her to-be-born child Rohan has come to meet her, she contemplates the idea of aborting, yet again.
In a film that deals with a such a crucial and important topic, they have kept the flow pretty light-hearted. It is refreshing to see Gauhar Khan shed her diva avatar and get into her acting shoes. Dhiraj Totlani, as a cute and mischevious boy, deems fit, although sometimes he overdoes it. The entire plot is like every other scene from a movie about a single mother, where a voice comes from inside the womb clearing the would-be mother's dilemma. The only difference is that this one is funny and has a fully grown boy trying to tell her mom to do the right thing.
The best part about this film is that no one is trying to force it upon you and nobody is saying that abortion is wrong. Of course, it is a woman's personal choice if she wants to be a mother or not. Their intention is only to make sure that the decision is not taken just because "log kya kahenge".
Watch the short film here: