Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan,Moushumi Chatterjee,Jisshu Sengupta
Directed by: Shoojit Sircar
Duration of Movie: 122 minutes
One hardly expects a whole movie to be made interestingly on a cranky subject of “Constipation” and Shoojit Sircar nails the coffin yet another time with the highly anticipated bitter-sweet family drama – Piku. After Madras Café and Vicky Donor, the director has managed to melt our hearts and shake our bowel movements.
The story revolves around a stubborn, cutely selfish, cranky and eccentric Bengali father, Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachhan) and his sticky, stubborn and too-young-to-object daughter Piku played by Deepika Padukone. Where Bhaskor is obsessed with his health, majorly his inability to release every morning (constipation) and freaks out at the sight of his late wife’s sister Chhovi Moushi (Mousmi Chatterjee), Piku indulges and surrenders to all of his wishes including drinking, cycling, ranting at unknown people to even a road trip to Calcutta to resolve some ancestral property matters.
Piku is an independent multi-tasking woman who manages house, supervises her father’s health, works at architecture’s office and juggles to maintain an active sexual life.
The cool and carefree Rana Chaudhary, portrayed effortlessly by Imran Khan who features as a reckless owner of a taxi service provider in the movie, is weary of Piku for her tantrums, her insistence on drivers for speeding the vehicle and often being caught in some or the other bang on the road due to her arrogance.
Piku is a magnificently written and directed amazing film that totally drives on its exceeding performances by the leading and even supporting casts. The movie starts with Piku find torn between her own personal struggle and emotional mood swings to her father’s complete dependence on her daughter for small little nuisances like excretion.
Movie Plot after Interval
As the Piku movie progresses, it gives us a beautiful insight into the relationship of a father and daughter that touches heart at the right chords with dialogues by Deepika like, “Kuch time ke baad aisi stage aati hai jab hamare parents khud zinda nahi reh paate, unhe zinda rakhna padhta hai and wo responsibility bachhon ki hoti hai.”
Bhaskor insists on a road trip to Kolkata despite of his untimely and misbehaving bowel movements and Piku arranges for the same by engaging Rana who finds himself caught between the father-daughter tussle repeatedly. His uncanny and manoeuvring ways, coupled with some on-spot sense of humour, leaves audience in splits managing him to get out of the situation.
However, gradually he does started taking interest in Bhaskor’s chronic constipation release as somewhere down the line, his father has passed away suffering at the end of his life. While Rana is attracted to Piku, he understands that she has a demanding role to fulfill as her father doesn’t want her to get married without any ‘purpose’.
He is seen shocked and amazed by the father daughter clash and arrogance to an extent that when he tries to rationalize the situation, he is strictly told not to interfere in the ‘family matters’ being non-Bengali. The chemistry of the lead pair, the odd pair is more apt here, Deepika and Irfan is refreshing, endearing and the romantic moments between them are more understated and subtle.
Where Piku delights with its simplicity and uniqueness, it diapooints too in bits and parts with no focus given on Irfan’s family issues or even the closure of his matters. Had it not been for the brilliant narration and power-packed performances, the movie could have easily crumbled on box office for its ordinariness leaving stale jokes on excreta and digestive issues for social media. Piku doesn’t offer any masala or preachy dialogues on how kids should look after their ageing parents but yet succeeds in leaving an impact on the audience with a message to take home. This is the quintessential entertainer Bollywood should aim at.
Watch this Piku movie for:
- Shoojit Sircar’s flawless directorial effort
- Unique & refreshing plot
- Superb performances by Amitabh Bachan, Deepika Padukone & Irfan Khan
- A twisted romantic angle between the lead pair