“Shimmy” begins with Raima (Chahat Tewani) in dance lessons at school. Not wanting to follow in Master’s footsteps, he breathed a sigh of relief. When asked to leave and could try it later.
Next, we see her outside her school, invited to a birthday party while she waits to pick her up. Her father arrives, and she immediately feels overprotected and a little isolated from her daughter’s world.
He wanted to go to the party that night, and he hesitated to give her permission. But in the end, he gave up, and Raima wondered what he would wear. What unfolds beyond that is a story of growing up not only for Raima but also for his father.
Through conversation threads, we learn that their parents broke up and seem unfriendly.
Her father, Amol (Pratik Gandhi), keeps reassuring Raima. That her mother is at work and will return soon, even though she seems to have understood the truth. As a young girl about to become a teenager, she missed her mother.
Pratik Gandhi stars in the beautiful short film Shimi (2021), Disha Noyonica Rindani has written and directed the movie. A man getting used to his new life as a single father. Amol Pareh and his daughter Raima (Chahat Tevani) must orient themselves in relationship development. Because they can no longer ignore the critical stages of reaching old age.
The script with dialogues by Jai Mehta skillfully takes us to the moment in Parehi’s life. When the father-daughter duo grabbed their fingers in the absence of Raima’s mother. Raima is in this awkward phase of life and enters her teenage years when she needs a feminine presence in her life.
The chance for a classmate’s birthday causes some uncertainty in Raima, and Amol unbelievably approaches to accompany her to the shop to get what she needs. The father-daughter scene has just the right amount of shyness and sweetness as they both try to adapt to each other.
Mom’s absence shows a lot in Shimy, but both Amol and Raima try to mend their relationship. Gandhi and Chahat Tewani had a beautiful on-screen relationship which was highlighted by the taunts of his classmates and the exaggerated views in his statements.
Amol especially spends time being there for his daughter when she needs him the most.
With minimal action, Gandhi taught how he worked to improve their exchange. Their conversation in the car while driving Raima around adds to their cohesiveness. Even though their little family suffers a massive loss in their lives.
Pratik’s wife, Bhamini Oza Gandhi, was also outstanding as a Sheetal saleswoman who brought father and son to the shop. The couple has a great scene at the store in real life as the useless Amol doesn’t fully understand that he was hit.
Screenwriter and director Rindani used the happy song “Choro” sung by Natasha Nurani to highlight the developing changes in Parekh. When the time came, the two finally can let go.
Produced by the Guneet Monga and Achin Jain, Shimmy is a really sweet and commendable look at the modern father-daughter relationship and the importance of being close to one another.
Although we can’t see the homeland of history, this short film is enough to chew on. Pratik Gandhi exudes natural charm like Amol, Raima’s father.
He skillfully manages to chart the growth of his character in one day – from an awkward and aloof father to his daughter’s mature friend. Chahat Tewani made his name as a young Raima and tried to juggle various emotions that arise as an 11 year old girl. Bhamini Oza Gandhi was also impressed as Sheetal, who entered a pivotal moment in the film.
Overall, “Shimmy” is a sweet and warm piece of a relationship that is told but sensitively and deserves a look.