This is nicely expressed when Prem brings to his memories an encounter with his late father Suresh (played by Utkarsh Ambudkar, who also co-wrote the screenplay). Plame is shocked to learn that his father was a local hip-hop legend. hop scene. This is where it becomes clear that “World’s Best” is a hip-hop musical. Suresh visits his son and begins to share his evangelical passion for hip-hop.
Much to Priya’s chagrin, Prem takes part in a talent show himself, and his interest in acting threatens to take away his passion for mathematics. At this point, The World’s Best also seems to be borrowing slightly from superhero movies, especially his origin story. Plame’s father issues are reminiscent of most characters in the MCU, especially his struggle to reconcile what his parents want for him with what he wants for himself. Along the way, there is the usual middle school drama, specifically the betrayal of friends who drift away from each other and end up in warring factions.
“World’s Best” succeeds because of its breezy 100-minute pace and Roshan Sethi’s deft handling of the ups and downs of teenage years. Emotions are earned and the playful tone balances out the more serious reveals and complexities. Ambudkar and Magnus’ chemistry goes a long way in making the film a success. I believe in them as father and son, and their joy in making music together is contagious.
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