Shoojit Sircar’s Piku is about Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone) who lives with her father Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachan). Bhashkor struggles with constipation and considers constipation as hazardous as cancer. Bhashkor unintentionally creates problems in Piku’s professional and personal life. Piku wants to sell her ancestral property in Kolkata but Bhashkor prevents her from doing so. To decide about this matter, Piku and Bhashkor go on a road trip to Kolkata with Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan) driving them and also Budhan (Balendra Singh) accompaniying Bhashkor to assist him.
The actors dazzle in their roles. Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachan are so realistic in their roles. But the main attraction is Irrfan Khan, who with his controlled performance, infuses the much required energy into the movie. At a point, we even forget that these guys are acting.
The movie begins at a snail pace with scenes dragging on and all the jokes going flat. But, the movie picks up pace at the end of the first half and then it becomes a very entertaining and heart-warming movie. The movie also encounters some deeply philosophical questions such as ‘ Me may developing but we are doing so by uprooting our own roots. Then what is the use of such development ?’ The movie gives enough time for character development which has been absent from Bollywood for a long time. And the movie has brilliant dialogues and has one of the most befitting climaxes in Hindi cinema. We are given to draw up our own lines, which is very satisfactory.
It gives such a stark realistic view of the typical Indian family and has a brilliant layered screenplay. I recently received news that Piku will have a sequel and I am thinking of making a page called ‘PLEASE DON’T SPOIL THIS AND GIVE US CRAP’.
The cinematography and production design of this movie is radiant and is perfect for a family viewing.
Piku is a heartfelt movie which gives ample time for character development and also lives up to is layered screenplay which is further boosted by brilliant performances and is a must-watch.
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