It’s Father’s Day -A look at some of the most amazing on-screen fathers

We often can’t thank our fathers enough for how much they influence our lives. But are there things to learn from on-screen fathers too?

Fathers often are over shadowed by the awesomeness of mothers. But not always or anymore! As times are changing, men and fathers are gearing up to become an equal parenting force. Today most fathers are hands on with their kids and share a bond of friendship and respect with them. With celebrities like Virat Kohli taking paternity leaves, a lot more fathers wish to share the load equally of raising their children.

There are a number of ways of looking at this, one of which is through cinema. Some decades back on-screen fathers and the baujis were strict patriarchs. These fathers made sure that they asserted their full authority on their children. Remember Amrish Puri from DDLJ, Mr. Shergill from Lakshya or for that matter Akbar from Mughal-E- Azam. Probably such fathers still do exist but our movies have introduced us to some really modern and cool fathers. Are these fathers reflective of our changing times? Or were such exceptional fathers always there, though just not too many.

On Father’s Day we bring forth some of the best dads on-screen. Some were way ahead of their times, some were open in thought and mind. But all of them stand out for the love and values that they imbibed in their children. We hope in this list you find reflections of your father too. The goodness of these on-screen fathers are but an inspiration of real ordinary dads.

Atticus Finch

Father to Scot and Jem, Atticus Finch is not only one of the best on-screen fathers, but also a great human being. Adapted from the acclaimed book, the movie To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic. With various endearing characters, it is Atticus that stands tall fighting for an innocent black man. The story though dealing with a heavy subject, has its heart in the right place. And about Atticus Finch. Well, there are few men that can have the integrity, calmness, righteousness and honesty that is exemplified by him. All of these qualities are a part of his fatherhood, as he guides his children towards doing the right thing through his life and behavior.

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” – 

Atticus Finch

Chris Gardner

In The Pursuit of Happyness, our heart went out for Chris Gardner. We felt his desperation, his hunger. We vouched and prayed for him to finally find his true place. But all the while, hand in hand with his little son we couldn’t help but turn mush at his patience and honesty towards his kid. He didn’t pretend, neither did he give up on his pursuit. Instead, he took his five year old along with him in his journey. Based on a true story this dad will inspire you to not give up on your dreams no matter what the circumstances.

“Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me, right? You got a dream, you gotta protect it.”

– Chris Gardner

Daniel Hillard

Mrs. Doubtfire made us laugh and cry at the same time. For all the theatrics, the core of the film lies in the love that on-screen father Daniel Hillard felt for his children. He couldn’t bear to be away from them, so he didn’t mind dressing up and becoming a nanny! And in his role as both father and nanny he helps his children learn some valuable lessons of life. And yes, there was an Indian remake inspired from this movie called Chachi 420.

‘No it’s not a job, it’s a joy being your father, I don’t have to play the part of your father, I am your father, I may act like a fool, but I am your father, okay?”

– Daniel Hillard

Guido Orefice

Life is Beautiful is a movie that is based on the dreadful holocaust. But a father Guido Orefice converts the concentration camp and its horrors into a creative game for his little boy. All along the movie, you cannot help but marvel at Guido’s ingenuity. But most importantly, here is a father who at all costs wants to show his child that life even under the direst conditions, is beautiful. Watch this father’s heart wrenching make belief world for his son. We promise it will leave you touched.

“You’re serving. You’re not a servant. Serving is a supreme art. God is the first servant. God serves men but he’s not a servant to men”

-Guido Orefice

Anup Saxena

A character inspired from a true father, Anup Saxena is Gunjan Saxena’s father. In the movie, Anup Saxena is one of the strongest champions of his daughter. He encourages her in innovative ways to break the shackles of patriarchy and fly high. No matter the movie reviews, but Anup Saxena’s character should be an eye-opener for all fathers for sure.

“Kya mujhe nahi pata ki duniya kitni muskil hai aurton ke liye? Lekin uska hal pijde mein kaid ho jana nahi hai, pijda tod ke udd jana hai. Mujhe pura bharosa tha ki meri bacchi ko udne se koyi nahi rok sakta.”

“What you think I don’t know how difficult the world is for women? The solution isn’t to shut yourself in a cage, but to break free of the cage and fly. I always had faith that no one can stop my daughter from flying.”

-Anup Saxena

Mahavir Singh Phogat

Dangal went on to garner a lot of appreciation, but it was the father’s character that stole the limelight. Based on the true inspiring journey of Mahavir Singh Phogat the story revolves around how the father trained his daughters for a man’s sport. Though initially he does want a son, his change over to a father who sees no difference between girls or boys wins us over. Here is a lesson for all those who still want a son. Mahavir Singh Phogat’s message is clear, that girls can make you proud too.

“Gold to gold hota hain, chhora lave ya chhori”

Mahavir Singh Phogat

Sachin Sandhu

Thappad was one of a kind. But Sachin Sandhu, though an on-screen father is as real as it can get. A father who supports his daughter, but also understands that he might have wronged his wife. Not because he curbed her, but because he wasn’t aware or sensitive enough. This father is a father who is realizing how much patriarchy exists in society, acknowledging that he too is a part of the system. There is no drama, but a genuine love and an openness that is fresh and so needed.

A. Dasgupta

Mr. Dasgupta is our everyday middle class father in Gone Kesh. The parent-daughter relation drives the pulse of the film. Mr. Dasgupta is an ordinary father who suddenly finds his daughter struggling with hair loss. And he is all that we see in so many of our fathers. He is concerned but thinks it will pass. However, when he sees his daughter break down one day, the intensity of the situation hits him. He is any father who promises to go to any length to make his child happy. He doesn’t curse her, neither gives her false hope. But he stands by her through every decision she makes without preaching or probing.

We all share a special bond with our fathers. Some of us may have been able to find traces of our dads in on-screen fathers. And some who are young fathers can definitely use a few tips from these characters too! Finally, fathers or father figures are often the anchors to any family. And though we can’t thank them enough of all the other days, a shout out on Father’s Day is the least we can do.

And of course, do share your favorite on-screen fathers with us!

Finally, here are some gifting ideas for your dad this Father’s Day. But of course, you can always surprise him with something to show how much you care.

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  1. I really liked it Tas.. You made me miss my dad more after reading this… I enjoyed reading..

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