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Saif Hyder Hasan’s Yes Papa looks at awareness of sexual abuse within families

The teaser for the film was shared online by actress and parliamentarian Hema Malini.

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First-time filmmaker Saif Hyder Hasan's Hindi feature film Yes Papa examines the unspoken but grave issues of sexual abuse within families. The black-and-white film features a woman who recalls the years of abuse by her father.

The filmmaker stated, “Since childhood, girls are taught to be careful whenever they step outside the safety of their homes. But no one is prepared if the predator is living under the same roof. No one is prepared if the predator is the one who is supposed to protect them. In this case, the predator is her father. Newspapers report at least four cases a week of such inhuman acts which we tend to overlook.”

Actress-turned-parliamentarian Hema Malini shared the teaser for the film online and wrote: This is an important issue, and when creative producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee showed me the teaser, I felt that we must make films to create awareness in this society. Child abuse is a heinous crime, and these criminals need to be punished. Kudos to filmmaker Saif Hyder Hasan for treating this sensitive subject with care.

Geetika Tyagi plays the grown-up version of the protagonist who suffers sexual abuse as a child. She recalls her traumatic childhood by giving testimony in court once she becomes an adult. Tyagi said, “The one point that Saif is making through this film is that how essential it is to break the silence surrounding this grave and dreadful issue.”

National award-winning actor and director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, who plays the father in Yes Papa, said, “This is one of the most burning social issues that is often brushed under the carpet. No filmmaker has thrown light on this important issue yet. That is what makes Saif Hyder Hasan's film Yes Papa compulsive viewing. Without resorting to graphic details, the film sensitively explores a frightening situation and a resolute conclusion that doesn’t mince words.”

Produced by Sadia Mustahsin Hasan, under the banner of Araad Dreams, the film also features Ram Kamal Mukherjee as the creative producer. “I met Saif as a journalist six years ago, during one of his stage acts,” Mukherjee said. “Since then I have been fond of his work and narratives. Yes Papa is a film that will force you to think aloud and probably alert you a lot more as a citizen. I am glad to be a small part of this wonderful team.”

Yes Papa has been edited by filmmaker Abhijeet Deshpande with music and background score designed by Ratnesh Bhagat. The Hindi film also marks debut of noted journalist and author Nandita Puri as Ananth's wife. Divya Seth plays the role of a judge and Tejaswini Kolhapure and Sanjeev Tyagi play lawyers.