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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
By Deepa Gahlot

After heavy duty mythological plays like 'Chakravyuh', 'Draupadi' and 'Raavan Ki Ramayan', Atul Satya Koushik attempts a contemporary comedy-drama, 'Dad’s Girlfriend', which, twisting genders of 'saas-bahu' conflicts, comes up with a 'sasur-damad' tug-of-war.

A successful architect, Diya (Karisma Singh) has married the happy-go-lucky, and visibly shorter Kanav (Satyendra Malik), a mostly idle theatre actor. Suddenly, her estranged father Dalip Vaidya (Suman Vaidya), a famous author, decides to visit on a mission to mend fences with her. He chooses to live in their small apartment (a fancy, spilt-level set with ostentatious lighting), which makes Kanav nervous.

Vaidya clearly disapproves of Kanav – and later in the play, directs a vitriolic speech at him, indicating that everyone thinks he and Diya are an 'odd couple'. This tension between Dalip and Kanav, with Diya caught up in the crossfire, was enough to fuel a full-length comedy. However, the bigger conflict arrives in the form of a young, aspiring writer Avni (Anumeha Jain), who makes a play for Dalip, who offers to get her book published (in a week, at that!)

Initially, it seems as if Avni is the typical gold-digger who takes advantage of Dalip's attraction to her and uses him to launch her career. But, it turns out that she is genuinely a talented writer and in love with the older Dalip, because she likes “men, not boys.”

It seems odd that an internationally renowned celebrity writer, who meets many interesting women during his travels, falls so easily for Avni, that, much to Diya’s annoyance, he invites her to stay with them. The focus shifts from the Dalip-Kanav spats – which are undoubtedly funny – to Diya fighting Avni for her dad's attention.

She is hurt when he chooses to go to Anvi's book launch over her birthday, which she looked forward to celebrating with him after several years.

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