Piku: Movie Review

By Mandakini Vedula

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan,
Jisshu Sengupta, Moushumi Chatterjee.

When I had decided to watch the much awaited Shoojit Sircar’s Piku, I was prepared to witness the charming and bittersweet family drama which revolves around an exasperated daughter and her ageing father. But never did I know that this experience would be so memorable and unique.

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Piku is not just a movie; it is the tale of almost every household. We could also say that it felt like a video recording of any family with a parent who turns irritating and comes up with new tantrums regularly as the days pass by and a single child taking care of him/her. Juhi Chaturvedi’s sweet screenplay ensures that every single person (parent/child) will identify with Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika’s character. The movie presents a realistic view with no over-the-top masala which makes it even more interesting.

We all face the situation of dealing with ageing parents over our lives and expect them to understand our problems. Piku’s irritation is understandable. We cannot digest the transition from being taken care of to take care. Watching your parent’s age is one of the most heart-breaking things in life. We feel they betray us by getting old. It is strange how we never want to come to terms with the fact that our parents are ageing and things go worse with that – they argue with no reason, they’ll make you wait when you are getting late, they’ll embarrass you in front of your family and friends by revealing secrets, their never-ending ability to over pack, they poke their finger in things they don’t understand, their ever increasing illness that doesn’t allow them to think properly, their insecurity over insignificant things, and the list goes on.

But hey, they are your parents. They have all the right to do what they wish for. A child should never forget that his/her parents have done a great job in handling a head-strong person in them and it is their responsibility to take care of their parents when things turn around. Piku understood this so well. She was irritated and tired of her father, Bhashkor Banerji, but the smallest deterioration in his health turns her life upside down and she wished his childish ways to be back.

Piku is Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan’s best movie so far in terms of acting and on-screen chemistry. While Big B plays the role of perfect Bengali who has problems with clearing his bowels, Deepika, a busy architect who, despite the challenges that her father poses, understands his issues and takes his frequent mood swings positively. Caught between the two is Irrfan Khan’s Rana, a cab service owner whose drivers quit because of Piku’s wrath. He is the ‘Non-Bengali Chaudhary’ who is baffled in the course of a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata and is trapped in the father-daughter chaos. When Howrah Bridge makes its first appearance, it’s not just a landmark to the arrival of destination but a connection that is revved amongst every person associated with Kolkata. Rana peels off the layers around Piku and her father’s relationship as well as individuals. Irrfan’s character conveys the composure, amusement, and the vexation; the movie would not have been complete without.

The movie harps on the simplicity of reality and gently tugs on your heartstrings. Shoojit Sircar proved once again that an entertainer does not have to be larger-than-life and unrealistic. He ensures that his audience travels with Piku’s story and understand the eccentric relationship between a parent and child as the story unfolds. I would say nobody should miss this story. You never know, Piku’s struggles may give direction to your problems with ageing parents.

BnB Ratings :  4.5/5

 

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