Simple But Intense – This Short Film Is Worth The Watch

It’s been a week since Father’s Day but this new short film by Terribly Tiny Talkies, marking that very day, will make you realize you don’t need a calendar to tell your dad how much he means to you. Aamad is an evocative exploration of the complexities of a father-son relationship in a beautifully told narrative.

Emotions run high in this little tale of an estranged son, Abhay, who comes home to visit his ailing father on his deathbed. There’s has always been a tumultuous relationship, fraught with misunderstanding. An act of willful defiance on the part of the son, all those years ago, has further soured their situation. Cut to the present and we have a wonderfully woven story on the recognition of mistake and repentance and the elusive charm of absolution.

Saqib Saleem, as adult Abhay, is a strong lead with tempered intensity which is natural and compelling. Arif Zakaria as the father plays a powerful part as does Charu Rohatgi in the role of the mother. This is a simple telling of complicated ties, and with minimal dialogues, the silences convey volumes. This one’s sure to leave you feeling contemplative, if not down-right teary eyed.