Saif Ali Khan desperately needs a hit. And going by the look of, Chef his new film, an adaptation of Jon Favreau’s film of the same name, is likely to do the trick. Chef looks like a clean direct address to the heart. The trailer makes no effort to hide the the fact that it is father-son reunion drama recounted against a culinary background and set mostly in the lush greenery of Kerala.
Director Raja Krishna Menon, whose last film Airlift told a real-life humane story set in violence-torn Kuwait in 1990, reveals how Saif dug into his own psyche as a father to play one in Chef. “We had lengthy conversations on how Saif Ali Khan became a father at a very young age. He was too young to understand, appreciate or enjoy fatherhood with Sara and Ebrahim. But with the birth of Taimur, Saif got another chance to understand fatherhood.”
According to Raja, Taimur has helped Saif grow closer to Sara and Ebrahim. “I think Saif’s understanding of his relationship with Sara and Ebrahim has definitely helped explore his relationship with his screen son in Chef.”
Saif’s son in Chef is played by a bright newcomer Svar Kamble. Says Raja, “I think it’s been a while since we’ve seen a father-son relationship in Hindi cinema. I think Masoom was the last film where the father-son bond left an impact and that was and that was 21 years ago.”