Best Buddy You share secrets, or a beer, watch a movie together.. you're so close that mum's probably jealous! This dad's less a parent and more a friend. He talks to you, not at you and doesn't take things too seriously. You're not scared of him and hey, any occasional sternness is just him being protective.
Handling tips: None at all. Though once in a while, it might be good if you could party without him.
On-screen clones: remember Sexy Sam in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehnaa? He probably went a little too far but he rocked all the same.
The Armyman: Okay, so you may argue that he has your best interests at heart but face it, the guy's a tyrant. He'd make a brilliant army commander because it's what he does best.. tell you to do or not do stuff.
He's serious and dislikes frivolity. But there's a big secret hidden away, because beneath all that harshness, this dad's really a big softie.
Handling tips: Earnest begging and a trembling voice might work. Crocodile tears work as well but remember he's not going to fall for it all the time.
On-screen clones: Most dads on film, especially Amrish Puri in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge. Remember how Kajol got her Europe-tour approved? She performed puja and sang bhajans.. if it worked for her, it should work for you.
My way or no way: He likes saying no. He doesn't like giving reasons. It's either his way or no way at all. And you've got to smile through all of it because he doesn't like it if you sulk.
He won't sleep till the whole family's under lock and key, he won't rest till you've called him at least four times a day to say you're all right and he'd rather you got all your friends home than went out to meet them. So yes, he merges quite closely with The Armyman dad and that's a scary combination!
Handling tips: Ah.. nothing really works. But what you could do, when you're really desperate, is keep your phone off the hook. Or give him a taste of his own medicine.. make him call you. Now that might be fun!
On-screen clones: Amitabh Bachchan in Mohabbatein (remember Gurukul ke teen sthamb: Parampara, Pratish ta aur Anushaasan?) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.
Laughing budda He's the most enthusiastic guy around. Family functions are incomplete without him. This dad dabbles in singing, dancing, even poetry at times and is a true entertainer.. he knows how to keep his audience enthralled.
He's probably this way because he had an Armyman or My Way dad and is determined not to be that way. He's carefree, uninhibited and nothing in life is too big a problem because there's always a funny angle to it.
Handling tips: You might want to father him once in a while.. make sure he doesn't lose his spirit.
On-screen clones: Anupam Kher in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge and Dil Hai ke Maanta Nahi (remember usse bhaagne ki aadat thi, aur woh bhaag gayi!)
The idealist This dad's the kind who had to work a lot to get where he is today. He takes most things seriously and has set principles for everyone around.
He isn't an autocrat, just an idealist.. the kind who would want you to fulfill his dreams.
Handling tips: Just make sure you get him to let his hair down once in a while. This Sunday, take him out and make sure he has a good time.
On-screen clones: All the Barjatya dads.. Alok Nath (Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun), Anupam Kher (Vivaah)
Disclaimer: These tips do not apply to dads who are a combination of any of the above