It is a Monday but I still do have a couple of leftovers from the weekend. With that I finished watching the new Tamil film Dada which is now streaming on Amazon Prime. One thing that instantly drew me towards the film was its poster which featured the protagonist holding a baby in his arms. This was a very welcoming poster that did promise a feel good kind of a story.
When we talk about films featuring men and babies as its theme, a couple of films that do strike me instantly are Three Men And A Baby and Hey Babyy. We often do associate mothers and their bond with children. But the bond between a father and his child does add a different dimension to the drama. And I expected the same kind of vibe as I began watching Dada on Amazon Prime. So then does Dada hit home with its content, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Dada follows the story of a final year student becoming a dad unexpectedly and his struggles with handling the kid and his rocky relationship with his girlfriend. The story does have a feel good factor to it that slowly begins to embrace you as the drama unfolds further. The screenplay standing at about 135 minutes does make for a breezy and heartwarming watch.
The drama does open with the introduction of the protagonist and his girlfriend who are in advanced levels of their relationship. And quite honestly, I did feel that the writing falters here straight up. Ideally, I would have liked a little bit of world building to the drama and how the protagonist met his girlfriend and what did form the basis of their relationship. What this would have done is have a massive impact towards the latter part of the drama. So the opening is a little indifferent and it did take me sometime to be invested in the drama.
But once the actually drama begins after the conflict, the proceedings are interesting and engrossing. This has a lot to do with the character arc of the protagonist which is quite well defined leading up to a transformation. The vibe of the drama is always light and breezy and it never really gets melodramatic. In fact, the drama does contribute to several heartwarming moments in the screenplay. My only minor complaint was that they could have shown the father and son bond a little more before diverting attention to the work life of the protagonist.
I did like how the drama at about the halfway mark did have a recall value of the beginning. And here is where my point of world building at the beginning would have paid dividends here. The simple conflicts coupled with the subtle yet predictable twists and turns do add to the vibe of the drama nicely. The final act leading up to the resolution is quite good thereby summing up a screenplay which is predictable but supremely heartwarming and has its heart in the right place.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quite warm and they embrace you with warmth every now and then. The music is quite good as is the BGM. The cinematography also captures some frames including that of the office space quite aesthetically. Director Ganesh K Babu has done a good job here in keeping the viewer’s interests piqued almost throughout and in the process making the drama heartwarming!
The performances are really good here. Monica Chinnakotla and Ananthi are first rate and both have their moments to shine. Fouzee as Sadhana is quite impressive and makes her presence felt. Pradeep Anthony as Saravanan will make you chuckle in his brief appearance. Harish Kumar as Manikandan’s friend is sincere and earnest. Aparna Das as Sindhu is simply phenomenal and she really does put her heart and soul in her performance. She was terrific and I really wish to watch more of her going forward. Kavin Raj as Manikandan is quite well restrained and he does a good job.
Dada is a heartwarming drama with good performances that makes for a heartfelt watch. Available on Amazon Prime.