Director: Shoojit Sircar
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan, Moushumi Chaterjee and Jishu Sengupta
Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a 30 year old woman, living at C.R Park, New Delhi with her complaining and ailing father, Bhashkor Banerjee. Mr. Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan), is absolutely fit other than suffering from constipation, and some imaginary diseases. Her father is a stereotypical old ‘Bangali’, who discusses a lot about health issues, particularly of ‘motion’ and women empowerment and wants his daughter to be like Rani Laskshmibai, and AnnieBesant.
Bhashkor Banerjee introduces his daughter to be a ‘financially, emotionally and sexually independent and non-virgin woman’ to almost every other man she meets! His erratic and childish behavior always puts Piku into difficulty!
Irrfan aka Rana Chaudhary, the ‘non-Bengali’ owner of a cab service finds himself in the middle of a family dispute on the long road trip to Kolkata from New Delhi. He tries to calm down situations and provide logical solutions to the problems between the father and the daughter but is misunderstood and asked to stay away from ‘family problems.’ Bhaskor Banerjee loves his daughter but his weird behavior often makes her feel annoyed and disrespectful, on one such occasion when he starts arguing about being a burden for Piku, Rana reacts and shuts him up to tell how caring his daughter actually is.
Piku does not offer any sexuality or spice to the audience, but what it does is, it takes you directly into a family and introduces each and every character the way you observe your family members. It is masterpiece of simplicity and not-so-ideal relations. Piku does not have any of the clichéd romantic moments that Bollywood films generally provide the audience with, rather the subtlety and beauty in the romance between Rana and Piku shows how real and admiring relationships are.
The use of Bengali terms in appropriate places has done wonders in the script by Juhi Chaturvedi. Even the music, by Anupam Roy seems apt for the setting. The character portrayal has been nailed by the worthy actors. Any Bengali man or woman can relate so well with the film that it might bring tears streaming down their eyes with the proceedings of the film.
Piku has less of drama and more of reality focused in it which enables the audience to understand the mentality of the old, loving and tantrum throwing father. Even though he loves his dead wife, he criticizes her, and calls himself a ‘critical man’ as a justification, he is partly selfish, yet his childish tantrums will make you love the 70year old man, and many can relate to their grandparents when they witness the endearing Bhashkor Banerjee. Finally, ‘constipation’ plays a major part in the film other than all the important characters, refer to the ‘Singhaasan’, Rana has mentioned throughout the film, you’ll know why I spoke of constipation. Piku is a family entertainer, and will keep you bursting out in laughter every now and then for the complete duration.