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Director: Shoojit Sircar
Piku isn’t your mainstream Bollywood flick with over the top drama and unnecessary dose of songs. It is a simple, sweet, and a hilarious movie revolving around the lives of a Bengali father and his 30-year old (independent) daughter. The Bannerji’s aren’t a conventional family, as a matter of fact; each and every one of them is eccentric in their own way. This is a family where the girl’s father introduces her to other guys as “financially, emotionally, sexually independent, non-virgin girl.” Now that’s speaking something.
Can you believe that this movie mostly revolves around constipation? Piku’s father has constipation, the characters talk to each other about constipation and a random guy is suggesting Piku’s father how to get rid of constipation. The tagline of the movie, “Motion se hi emotion” suits the movie well.
In the crazy daily fights of the father-daughter duo, enters Rana Chowdhary, who owns a Taxi business and somehow ends up driving Piku and her father all the way to West Bengal.
Personally, I was touched by the movie because it reminded me of a person with whom I had spent 18 years of my life, my nanaji (maternal grandfather). I could see him in the character played by Amitabh Bacchan. In the movie, Bhoskar Bannerji used to obsess about his health, checking his blood pressure every few hours or thinking of a new health problem which he could have in future. His expressions and his way of speaking reminded me of my grandfather and realized that’s what old people do. They do this because they have nothing important going on in their lives and they feel that their children are going to go away and leave them alone.
Piku is a performance based movie, studded with superstars of the industry. Amitabh Bachchan couldn’t have been better, Irrfan Khan was par perfect and Deepika was phenomenal. Piku is fiery, her father is a hypochondriac and Rana has a calm demeanor. All the characters complement each other perfectly, none overpowers the other. This movie is made up of small elements which occur in our lives on a daily basis and no wonder it had my attention during its entire span.
Go ahead, watch it and laugh your hearts out.
Well, who knew that constipation could make you laugh!