Review of Anupam Kher’s short film Kheer

There is something magical about the bond between grandparents and grandchildren! Maybe because it’s uncomplicated. Having gained experience raising their own kids, grandparents are more lenient with grandchildren. 

While exploring this wonderful bond, Kheer, in a run time of under seven minutes, tackles a complex subject. Of older adults seeking love and companionship in their twilight years.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher makes his debut in short films with this endearing tale. The actor is ably supported by Natasha Rastogi and talented child actors Stuti Dixit and Abhimanyu Chawla.

Kher plays the role of a grandfather faced with an awkward situation. He has to explain his relationship status to his grandchildren. In the process having to deal with uncomfortable questions posed to him by his teenaged granddaughter. The story delves into how he goes about doing it, as the title suggests, with sweetness.

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The storyline is tight with dialogues that sound genuine. Director Surya Balakrishnan handles the subject with the maturity it deserves, and without melodrama.

Kher is an absolute natural. Once again he proves why he’s one of the best actors in Indian cinema today. He effortlessly plays the role of an indulgent yet stern grandfather. Both the child actors are extremely talented, and Natasha Rastogi gives a nuanced performance. While Kher is the star of the film, everyone gets enough screen time to make their presence felt.

This is one kheer that will leave a sweet aftertaste long after you’ve watched it.

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