1. Breaks stereotypes
Strawberry Shake, a Marathi short film starring Hruta Durgule and Sumeet Raghavan is a beautiful tale that explores the parent and child relationship and provides a refreshing take on it. The film tells the story of a young girl Chiu, played by the Phulpakhru fame Hruta. Chiu is a happy-go-lucky 19-year-old girl who lives with her dad, who is a single father, played by Sumeet Raghavan. In the opening scene of the film, Sumeet’s character can be seen talking to his daughter and asking her to be frank with him and share all her secrets. The film escalates quickly as Chiu follows her dad’s advice and brings home her boyfriend Soham. She goes to the extent of asking her father for an extra condom and access to his bedroom!
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This short film breaks stereotypes that surround a parent-child equation. It highlights the importance of the two parties discussing topics such as sex, drugs, etc., that are considered taboo and not spoken about openly. When Chiu introduces Soham to her father, the latter loses every bit of his ‘Daddy Cool’ vibe and is flabbergasted. But when Chia ends up spending the entire day with her boyfriend and goes on to explain this as part of her physical need to her father, he becomes mindful of the same. The story then becomes sentimental as it explores several emotions such as anger, love, and more.
2. Encourages friendship and honesty
The film showcases a dad and daughter relationship in a very different light. It focuses on the integrity and honesty that a parent-child bond should have. As a child grows and makes his or her own decisions, they are bound to experience new things and come across all types of people. And when a parent extends a hand of friendship, the child overcomes fears and is able to share his/her innermost thoughts. This is what Strawberry Shake explains. It highlights the importance of transparency and encourages parents to be friendly towards their children and accepting of their desires and needs.
3. Explores relationships in depth
The film beautifully explores relationships between a dad and his daughter, him and her boyfriend, and a girlfriend and boyfriend. When Chiu’s boyfriend Soham tries to ask her father for a condom, he hesitates. But Chiu breaks the awkwardness by asking for it herself. This scene explains that relationships need not be limited to certain boundaries.
4. Drives inhibitions away
The society that we live in is functionally judgemental and this is what develops inhibitions amongst the teenagers and youngsters who wish to explore new things but fear being labeled. Chiu, however, is carefree and doesn’t have many inhibitions as she knows that her father would support her no matter what. Therefore this film encourages viewers to treat their ‘log kya kahenge’ syndrome by being open-minded and progressive.
5. Introduces new ideas
The film unabashedly sheds liught on ique ways in which teenage drama and adulting children can be tackled. It shows how being a friend to your child can make you grow closer to them and keep a tab on their life in a healthy and non- interfering way. Chiu openly talks to her father about her life and the way she has become cynical after her parents’ divorce. She also tells him that she does not need to be protected anymore but needs the support that her father has offered her in the form of friendship.
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