Piku Movie Review: Sircar’s Sweet And Simple Fare
When it comes to simple yet sweet stories, Shoojit Sircar is the go-to guy in Bollywood and the man proves it yet again with 'Piku', a sweet and simple story that revolves around a father-daughter relationship.
Set in Delhi and Kolkata, Piku revolves around the cranky Bhashkor (Amitabh Bachchan) and his long-suffering daughter Piku (Deepika Padukone), whose life seems to inevitably revolve around her father and his imaginary ailments, even when she is busy at work or on a date.
When Bhashkor and Piku decide to visit their family home in Kolkata, Piku ropes in Rana (Irrfan), the owner of a cab service, who has already had a couple of not too pleasant experiences with Piku, to drive the father-daughter duo to Kolkata.
What seems like an ordinary trip turns out to be an unforgettable journey for all parties concerned…
As for the performances, Amitabh Bachchan plays the irascible old gent with effortless ease, though his ill-fitting wig threatens to undermine his efforts, but they don't call him the Big B for nothing, do they? Deepika as the harassed Piku too puts in a solid effort and the chemistry between the father and the daughter is something that makes the movie worth watching. You can almost see the love in her eyes as she scolds her father or worries about him like a mother does about her kid.
However, it is Irrfan who kills it with his wry sense of humour in every scene. The interactions between Rana and Bhashkor are definitely the highlights of the film and makes the film worth watching once again. The film also marks the acting comeback of yesteryear actress Moushmi Chatterjee as Bhashkor's sister-in-law, who is as charming as ever. The supporting cast too has done a wonderful job as is always the case with Sircar's movies.
The dialogues are quite real and without any unnecessary melodrama that Bollywood films are usually accused of. Though the story revolves around a father and a daughter, there are no typically 'filmi' lines about a daughter's duty or a father's love. Indeed, Bhashkor and Piku spend most of the time bickering with each other, but the strong bonds that bind them, shine through in every scene.
Beware, this is no 'Baghban' and yet, Sircar has beautifully portrayed the father-daughter relationship with a simplicity that is tough to match. The chemistry that develops between Rana and Piku too has been handled in quite a mature manner. The hero doesn't woo the heroine with flowers and chocolates, but by helping her dad sit on the potty 'Indian style' because that always ensures a good 'motion', as Rana promises.
There is no doubt that the film does send across a message, but Sircar does it without sounding preachy or shoving it down the throats of the audience, for which we are grateful.
Another thing worth mentioning about the film is the way Sircar has brilliantly employed toilet humour without it coming across as gross or unneeded. The scenes where Rana discusses 'motion' with Bhashkor will definitely provoke a chuckle or two. The music of the film too is light, breezy and enjoyable, just like the film.
In conclusion, 'Piku' is one such film, which might revolve around irregular bowel moments, but will end up winning hearts and minds…
Release Date : 08 May 2015
Director : Shoojit Sircar