After everything 2020 has put us through, it goes without saying that special occasions are the perfect time to let go of despair and celebrate. And now that Father's Day is closing in, the weekend calls for a great time with your dad—whether in person or over a Zoom call. So get your beverages ready, fry up some snacks and prepare for a movie binge that is equal parts heartwarming and entertaining. Ahead, we recommend 10 films that are ideal for you to bond with your father over.Daddy's Home (2015)
A loveable comedy, Daddy's Home follows a mellow Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) who marries Sara (Linda Cardellini) and struggles to get close to her two children. As he sees some success in bonding with them, Sara's ex-husband and the kids' biological father, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg), decides to visit. Initially hesitant, Sara agrees to this when Brad convinces her that it's important for the kids to witness a respectable relationship between their dad and stepdad. However, Dusty's arrival brings new challenges for Brad as the two don't get along and try to outdo each other for the kids' attention and affection.
Available to buy on Amazon Prime Video102 Not Out (2018)
Legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan and the late Rishi Kapoor showcase a unique father-son relationship in this one-of-a-kind story. Dattatraya Vakharia (Bachchan) is a 102-year-old man with a highly optimistic view of life. On the contrary, his 76-year-old son, Babulal (Kapoor), is not the cheeriest of people. The two are often at odds due to their conflicting nature, and don't get along very well. Dattatraya aims to be the record holder for the oldest person alive and threatens to send his son to an old-age home to avoid the negativity that surrounds him. To continue living at home, Babulal reluctantly accepts certain conditions laid down by his father and ends up getting a fresh perspective on life.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoFinding Nemo (2003)
Set in the Great Barrier Reef, this animated Disney classic tells the story of Nemo, a clownfish who lives with his overprotective father, Marlin. Even though he has a maimed right fin, Nemo is curious about exploring the vast ocean. One day he sneaks out after school, swims away with a few friends and gets captured by divers. After Marlin realises the nature of the situation, he teams up with a forgetful regal blue tang, Dory, to find Nemo. It is a beautiful telling of a father's struggle to find his only son and, at the same time, coming to terms with the fact that he needs to trust and give Nemo his freedom.
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarDangal (2016)
Based on the life of Indian Commonwealth Wrestling medalists, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, Dangal is a biographical film with a story about fatherhood at its heart. A former national champion, Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan), trains his daughters as wrestlers from a young age to achieve his dream of winning a gold medal for India, which he couldn't. His training regimen is tough, but helps the sisters become India's top female wrestlers.
Streaming on NetflixLike Father (2018)
A hardworking woman, Rachel has a miserable wedding day when she gets left at the altar. Having booked a Caribbean honeymoon cruise, she ends up going on it with her father. She doesn't share a close relationship with him, since like her, he is also a workaholic who doesn't spare time for his loved ones. However, throughout their trip, they share many thoughtful moments, drinks and exploits to return with a newfound respect and appreciation for each other and their family. The film stars Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer in the lead.
Streaming on NetflixAngrezi Medium (2020)
Late actor Irrfan Khan plays Champak Bansal, a widower who owns a sweet shop in Udaipur, in the last movie that hit the screens before his death. His daughter, Tarika, dreams of studying abroad but isn't great at school. However, Champak supports her and encourages her to pursue her goal. While she works hard and achieves a high rank in the final examinations—something that secures her a scholarship at a London university—things soon go south. What follows is a humorous, edge-of-the-seat and dramatic journey, which culminates in a heartwarming father-daughter moment.
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarCheaper by the Dozen (2003)
Another iconic film that sees Steve Martin in a father figure, Cheaper by The Dozen tells the story of Tom and Kate Baker who move houses with their 12 kids when Tom takes up a football coaching job at his old school. The problem strikes when Kate has to go on a book tour and Tom takes up the responsibility to look after his dozen children alone with his new job. He ropes in his eldest daughter, Nora, and her boyfriend Hank to assist him in this seemingly impossible journey. Initially confident about the situation, Tom soon realises that he has bitten off more than he can chew.
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarPiku (2015)
A Delhi-based Bengali architect, Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone), decides to travel to Kolkata to sell her ancestral home. She is accompanied by her old and irritable father, Bhashkor (Amitabh Bachchan) and taxi driver, Rana (Irrfan Khan). Even though Piku loves her father, she often gets annoyed by his habit of relating everything to his bowel movement. Their unique road trip, which is full of ups and downs, is a treat to witness. When they finally reach Kolkata, the turn of events is surprising and causes a barrage of mixed emotions.
Streaming on SonyLIVLion King (1994)
The Disney classic is a part of our childhood memories, and the cause of many tears. A young cub in line for the throne, Simba, is exiled from the Pride Lands after his father, King Mufasa, gets murdered by his uncle, Scar. Simba, thanks to scheming on his uncle's part, blames himself for his father's death, and leaves the Pride Lands, only to come into his own as a young man. A few years into his exile, when he realises it was his uncle's cunning scheme, he returns to claim his place as the true king. Throughout the movie, Simba's bond with Mufasa drives him and his memories; and his teachings groom his wisdom.
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarWake Up Sid (2009)
Sid Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor) is a lazy and confused college student who uses his family's wealth to fulfil his materialistic desires, and has no aim in life. He is also a talented photographer, who isn't interested in actively pursuing it as a profession. After failing his examinations, and having a spat with his father, he leaves home. From there on begins his journey of realisation, love and success—which leads him to bond with his dad again.
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