Father has always been that bald, angry and tough figure with a bushy moustache. A ‘not-so-involved’ model. Strict and a firm disciplinarian. He was one who was born to be burdened under the load of a big fat joint family and almost always poverty-laden loan-seeking friends. The only scene when he is in the family is when the daughter is getting married and the in-laws demand more dowry or when the son has to be punished enough to make him run away from home.
All thanks to Bollywood icons like Pran, Prem Chopra and Amrish Puri. For the Keralite in me, it was always Thilakan. His character from the Malayalam movie Sphadikkam portrayed an average Indian father of the last millennium.
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Times have changed. Thankfully! Fatherhood doesn’t stop at donating sperms and sending a pot-bellied wifey to her parents for delivery, waiting for ‘Congratulations! It’s a boy/girl’ through a letter, telegram or a phone call.