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Saqib Saleem’s new short film Aamad touches an emotional chord

The short film that deals with the need to break gender stereotypes through an emotional tale woven around Saqib Saleem and Arif Zakaria's characters.

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With web series and short films becoming all the rage, it is no surprise that some good content and films are emerging from the domain of the internet. The latest one is Aamad, a short film by Neeraj Udhwani for the Terribly Tiny Tales domain.

The film, made on the occassion of Father's Day, tells a sensitive tale of a broken relationship between a father and son. Starring Saqib Saleem and Arif Zakaria as the son and father, the film deals with the various gender stereotypes and the need to break them.

The story begins with the return of Saqib Saleem as Abhay to see his father on his deathbed. The return also proves a nostalgic return to the past when Abhay, a young teenager had rebelled against his father's wishes to teach him Kathak. While his father considered the art a graceful work of knowledge, Abhay refuses to learn fearing that his friends jibes about learning a 'girlish' dance. He refuses to even apologise for breaking his father's heart. However, years later he regrets and turns to the very dance he rejected for redemption.

The film is produced released by Terribly Tiny Talkies and is directed by Udhwani who previously worked with Saqib Saleem as the writer of Mere Dad Ki Maruti. The film is both emotional, and graceful in its depictions of the relationship between an estranged father and son. Saqib Saleem reportedly learnt the art form of Kathak for the film, and even pulls off a dance sequence towards the end.