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Padukone is at her very best, the actress moving farther from her contemporaries with almost every successive film, and here she stuns with her casual body language and her inch-perfect intonation. 

She's impatient and short-tempered, wearing her otherwise-adorable dimples dismissively, like a no-nonsense shield. 

She knows when to prescribe homeopathic pills, and goes into enough graphic detail on the phone to wreck her dates. 

This tightly wound Piku is a demanding part, and the film pushes her. 

She rises to the occasion, and her performance -- which believably oscillates between a defiantly uppity woman to a girl half-proposing marriage with a mouthful of egg-roll and a giggle -- is spectacular.
 

Wow, such appreciation from Raja Sen, looks like most of the critics have liked the movie.


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Piku review: 

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Having already watched and being disappointed by Finding Fanny last year, the thought of seeing another modest-budget Deepika Padukone film about a road trip comedy didn't inspire much confidence. It's rare for expectations to be smashed to smithereens and even rarer for a Bollywood film to do this with so much confidence. Shoojit Sircar's Pikuhas arrived smack in the twilight of the blue moon. This film features the best ending to a Bollywood movie in a long time, and the stuff that happens prior to it is also quite lovely too.

So here we have Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone), a Bengali architect who lives in Delhi with her dad, Bhashkor (Big B). Pappy is a raging hypochondriac and perpetually constipated, and also, naturally, highly irritable. Everything in his life, and also somehow everything in the life of people around him, depends upon his bowel movements (or the lack thereof). It doesn't take much for his antics to drive people insane. So it becomes a task when Bhaskor plans to travel from Delhi to his native Kolkata, and naturally Pappy declares traveling by flight could be problematic for his bowel.

The solution? Piku has to accompany Pappy on a cross-country road trip, along with Rana, a cab company owner turned driver (Irrfan), Pappy's Pot and Potty assistant Budhan (Balendra Singh), and even a throne-like pot seat.

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It's incredibly easy to dig this movie at the onset, not just because of fun performances from Padukone, Bachchan and Irrfan, but because it's so darn easy to relate to it. There is a Bhashkor in every family - the stubborn, grumpy old man with the temper of a child and a heart of gold. And Big B portrays the character to perfection - he's a well-meaning chap, just a bit forward in his manner and cranky owing to his illness. His utter lack of empathy for those on the wrong end of his forwardness is hilarious, as is his unreserved innocence regarding his prickly nature. You can't stand the guy's eccentricities, but you can't help love him.

There's a lot going on in Piku, and writer Juhi Chaturvedi's strong script coupled with Sircar's solid direction somehow makes it all cohesive. The film explores interesting themes - what does one do when the parent becomes difficult to handle and is totally dependent on you? How does one react when the parent is clearly upset about no longer being able to be independent, and becomes passive aggressive to assuage his frustration? Where does one draw a line between the parent being merely difficult and being a burden? How much can you sacrifice to make a relatively thankless invalid parent happy? Is it noble to consider moving out of the house and giving your invalid parent in the care of someone else so that you can focus on your career and social life? What can the parent do if he thinks he's being a burden to his children? Piku doesn't have the answer to all these questions, but it is bold enough to take you through them and make you ponder.

The film also makes the best case for women empowerment since Queen. In the film, Piku is single, but has a casual sex life, and this fact is established very subtly. It is not a character trait'. It's just another normal thing that this normal girl does. And to top it all, even her father is liberal enough to not make a fuss over that. He expresses the occasional well-meaning concern, but he's not the regressive honour killer that is so prevalent in both in and outside our cinema. When was the last time you saw a Bollywood film where the father suggests to his daughter that getting married soon is only for those with low IQ? Last I checked, Sonakshi Sinha wanted to be blessed for marriage' by seeing Ajay Devgn's schlong. In this film, the Bechdel Test is effortlessly kicked in the nuts in a terrific will they won't they' scene between Piku and Rana that warrants a huge applause for both Chaturvedi and Sircar.

Most importantly, Piku glides over all of these heavy-duty themes with breezy lightness and consistent, well-timed comedy. This is a road trip movie after all, and it's got hysterical, rapid-fire montage of cuts of the back and forth between the trio of Piku, Bhaskkor and Rana. The teeny bit of melodrama is handled beautifully by shuffling laughs and tears together like a pack of cards, making Piku one of the more emotionally honest films to have come from the industry.

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Piku Movie Review - Cleanses Your Emotional Soul... 

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Dated : May, 8, 2015 BY Divya Solgama

Ratings : star

Expectations:

It's often seen that a daughter is always fond of her father. Right from her childhood the affection and bonding keeps increasing with each passing year. The small hands eventually grows up with the caring hands of her father and other family members. Getting married might be the best day in her life, but on the same day she also has to bear the pain of parting away from her loving father. Situations change, but the love is intact, except for the fact that it gets less time to display due to various stages of life. Then, there are many such daughters who dedicate their life to their parents, especially their father. 'Piku' is one such film which talks about a father and daughter relationship, where the daughter has totally dedicated her life in taking care of her aging father. It's very rare that we get to witness such unique tale of love and affection. Thus, let's find out whether 'Piku' will set a benchmark by portraying a novel contemporary tale of a father and a daughter or might be one of those melodramatic films with forced emotional quotient, added only to lure the soap opera audiences.

Piku Movie Review

Story:

'Piku' is a story of Piku (Deepika Padukone) who works with her friend Sayed (Jishu Sengupta) and looks after her ageing father Baba / Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan). Baba has a huge problem of constipation and thus Piku along with her family members keep seeking a solution to this problem of Baba. One day after a party Baba's health deteriorates and it is that time when Baba decides to visit his home way back in Kolkata. The family decides to go on a road trip and hires a car from Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan). Rana joins them on a journey which explores every emotion and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

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Screenplay & Technicalities:

The story by Juhi Chaturvedi might look like a one liner story, but has various shades and tales to tell. The movie starts with the motion problem of Amitabh Bachchan and connects brilliantly with the emotions of Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan. 'Piku' is one of those films where almost every scene is worth mentioning and is a gem in its own. There are back to back precious moments and scenes like Amitabh Bachchan's motion talks over lunch followed by Amitabh Bachchan firing the servant, Irrfan chat with his mother, Amitabh Bachchan - Moushumi Chatterjee chats and arguments, Amitabh Bachchan dancing after the party, Irrfan Khan's first interaction with Amitabh Bachchan followed by Irrfan watching the curriculum of Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan singing a Bengali song, Amitabh Bachchan's views over women getting married, Amitabh-Irrfan arguments in the middle of the road, Irfan-Deepika's talk at Ganga ghat, Irrfan explaining Amitabh Bachchan about motion system followed by his outburst, entire family discussing motions at the time of breakfast, Amitabh Bachchan firing Irrfan over the ventilator, Amitabh Bachchan's cycle ride followed by the heart touching finale and many more which will stay in your heart and mind for years and years to come. Juhi Chaturvedi has added minute nuances in such a brilliant manner that everyone will some or the other way get attached to the happenings and emotions in the film. The movie talks about the perspective and transformation of todays women and the love for ones parents without being preachy or melodramatic. The serious matter of old age has been presented just like a homeopathy pill with lots of sweet coating over it. There are so many scenes where its tough to take your eyes away from Amitabh Bachchan-Deepika Padukone-Irrfan Khan. Dialouges are realistic and powerfull. The locations of Delhi, Benaras and Kolkatta adds up as a visual treat along with the road journey in this sweet and pure film. The only minor hitch in this movie is the overdose of brand endorsement, which can be overlooked easily.

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Music & Direction:

The songs add up as a narrative part of the film. 'Journey Song', 'Bezubaan' and 'Piku' goes perfectly with the flow of the film. 'Lamhe Guzar Gaye' will leave you with a lump in your throat. The background music by Anupam Roy is brilliant and is creatively soothing.

Director Soorjit Sircar brings up a simple tale which will connect with every emotional person in its own way. He says it in a very subtle yet most powerful manner we have ever witnessed. He will remind you the brilliance of the ace directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee, Basu Bhattacharya, Rituparno Ghosh and many such talented people who had a knack of narrating the most simplest and memorable films. Every frame and settings in the film is a sheer brilliance and will connect with its viewers. The emotions shown in the film are perfectly felt and experienced with lots of smile and moist eyes with tears at times. After a long time a filmmaker said so much in the most simple and sweet manner.

Performances:

I have no words to describe the flawless performance of Amitabh Bachchan. A whole dictionary full of new adjectives should be formed just to describe the finesse and ace performance of this god gifted actor. His body mannerisms, facial expressions and dialect brilliance, sync with each other. You will connect to his anger, curiosity, happiness, love and sadness. He is super cute in many scenes and definitely the show stealer among all the ace actors. Deepika Padukone looks stunningly beautiful and expresses herself through her magical eyes. The character of Piku will be seen as a source of inspiration for many young girls. Irrfan Khan is brilliant and despite of having a smaller role in comparison to Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, still has his moments of glory. His nuances add up as a cherry on the top in every scene. He charms you with his cute smile and amazing timing. All the three actors compliment each other. Jishu Sengupta and Raghuvir Yadav lend good support. Moushumi Chatterjee is fantastic and one would love to see more of her in every frame of the film. Balendra Singh is good in his role, as a servant.

Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum???

Dum??? Well, this movie has all the dum required for a good overwhelming film. Director Raj Kapoor once said that it's easy to make a hit film, but most difficult to make a good and a simple film. Soorjit Sircar and his team succeeded in making a good and a simple film which cleanses your emotional soul, which has been badly tampered in this materialistic world. The father-daughter bonding will bond everyone with their family in their own way by teaching you the art of living due to which, 'Piku' ends up setting a benchmark of a true and purest film from our time.

  • Rating: 5/5

(P.S - After watching this film, I went home and gave a bear size hug to my mother, I am sure you too will do the same.)


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Piku Review 

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May 8th, 2015 by Surabhi Redkar
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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars (Four and half stars)

Star Cast: Amitabh BachchanDeepika PadukoneIrrfan Khan, Jishu Sengupta, Moushumi Chatterjee

Director: Shoojit Sircar

What's Good: I would have to actually run into a conflict with myself over what is best about the film, its story, the act or is it the man behind the camera. Simplicity drives this story that is so real that you relate to from its very first frame. One of the finest representations of familial bonds on screen.

What's Bad: It is difficult to find faults in Piku but just that the second half experiences a minor flip from its brilliant first half.

Loo break: I bet you won't realize if you want one!

Watch or Not?: I will go with a MUST WATCH!! It is a rare thing to find directors like Shoojit Sircar who truly understand how strongly a medium like cinema works when you want to emote something so natural.

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Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone) is a young woman in her late twenties who lives in Delhi with her 70 something father Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchaan) who suffers from constipation. While her day starts with her father whining about his unsatisfactory motions, Piku who is an architect and co-owner at a firm removes her daily frustration on the service that drives her home. Scaring the drivers with her difficultly stubborn attitude, the owner of Himachal cab service, Rana Chaudhary is in a fix as his drivers refuse to travel with her who is their regular customer. Piku's partner in business and also a person that she is involved in a casual physical relation with (Jissu Chaterjee) is the only other man other than her dad whom she connects with.

Coming from an extremely progressive background, Piku's father is not only aware of her physical relation but also wants her to remain unmarried until she has the right aim to and does not want her to give away her professional success and aspirations for some man she marries. This is reflective of his own marriage since after he marries Piku's mom, she leaves her job to take up household responsibilities, something that Bhaskor does not want Piku to repeat in her life.

While Piku's father is aging and is going through the paranoia of constipation and death, he wishes to visit his Kolkata home that Piku is planning to sell. Annoyed after going through series of arguments daily over her father's health which is medically stable yet a illusion for him, Piku decides to take him to Kolkata.

Well, since he cannot travel in either trains or airplanes due to his self-proclaimed health conditions, Piku is forced to book a cab from Rana's service. What lies ahead a 40 hour long journey, an unimaginable road trip.

During this will Piku realize how similar she is to her father and also is there a possibility for her and Rana to have a romantic angle? Watch it!

Irrfan Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone in a still movie 'Piku'

Irrfan Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone in a still movie Piku'

Piku Review: Script Analysis

What was it that filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee ride on as their films like Chupke Chupke met with huge success? It was nothing but simplicity and reality. When you serve pure emotions without dabbing them with material and commercial formulas, you get a Piku. Juhi Chaturvedi needs to be given a huge thanks for penning down this brilliantly light film. It is quirky and fresh and so relatable that at some point you feel is it based on my family'. Just the concept of how a 70 year old father is struggling with constipation and genuinely connects everything with it, is a sheer brilliance. The dialogue writing is so taut that you enjoy those little laughs and emotional hiccups that they get.

I have to say that Rana gets the best lines and especially when he says Death aur shit kabhi bhi kahin bhi aa sakte hai', you know these are life lessons presented in their best possible language. Even though the entire film keeps revolving around motion and types of motion' not once are you disgusted with it. When you truly write a script from the heart, you get films like Piku.

One more thing to note is that, mind you, this will be a reminder of all your Bong friends and their chaotic families, not to mention their I am always right' nature in a playful way.

Piku Review: Star Performances

Deepika Padukone is on a roll. She has been on a great stride ever since Chennai Express and what appeals to me even more is her choice of films. With Piku she proves how easily she can sneak into a character that seems naturally her. I finally got to see more Piku than Deepika in the film.

Amitabh Bachchan is once again successful at proving that he may be old and ageing but we still have so much more to see from the veteran actor. As Baba, he is the most stubborn father you will come across. The actor gives the film the required lan that is probably inherent to him as an actor.

Irrfan Khan as Rana Chaudhary completely rocks. I am not surprised at all at the brilliance of his act because I am aware that he is an actor of a great stature and post The Lunchbox, I bet none would doubt that. Rana's character became my favorite from the film and Irrfan pulled it off with much ease.

Moushumi Chatterjee is just her Bong self. She plays Piku's maasi' who is extremely straight forward. Chatterjee brings in a good quirk with her act.

Raghuveer Yadav plays the role of Dr. Srivastava who is seen in a small role yet noteworthy. Jissu Chatterjee plays Syed Afroze, again a small role yet quite satisfactory.

Piku Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay

I have to admit, after Piku, I have become a bigger fan of Shoojit Sircar. After a hilarious Vicky Donor, a thrilling Madras Cafe, he presents us an emotional and melancholic Piku. The film right from its first frame builds a certain aura that is extremely homely. Showcasing a father-daughter relation at a stage where it is probably the most important, Sircar wins you with the tale. Shooting across locations in Delhi, Benaras and Kolkata, his locations are eloquent of the emotions that lay underneath the story.

Director of Photography, Kamaljeet Negi's visuals are endearing as we see a beautiful sunrise from the Howrah bridge or even the calm that the night shoot of Benaras ghat captures. Rest of the indoor scenes take you into your drawing rooms. Editing is crisp, just that the interval seems a little abrupt bit overall limiting the film to a two hours fifteen minute journey, Sircar's work is perfect.

Piku Review: The Last Word

Piku will make you laugh, cry and smile all at once. It is a slice of life film that captures a rather unseen but the most real father-daughter relation ever. Don't miss this endearingly honest piece of work!


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Lol Raja Sen liked it. FLOP. 

Raja Sen is Bong ...the film is based on Bong, Kolkata, director is Bong LOL
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PIKU
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Release Date : 5/8/2015 12:00:00 AM
Director : Shoojit Sircar
Genre : Drama
Piku
http://www.boxofficecapsule.com/review/Piku-281

Details : 

Friday, 8th May 10:55 AM IST

 

 

 

 

 

PIKU Is Touching Film About Relationships And Emotions





 

Pluses:

 

Deepika Padukone agan proves her mettle as numero uno actress, Amitabh Bachchan reinvents himself at this age yet again, Irrfan Khan surprises with such a understated performance, exceptional background score and music, superb writing and direction



Minuses:

 

Slow at times, abrupt climax, camerawork and editing look patchy

 

 

Critic Rating:

4.5/5

 

 

Business Rating:

3.5/5

 

 

Verdict:

 

Watch it for feel good entertainment 

 

 

Detailed Analysis:

 
  

 

Shoojit Sircar gave rare gems like 'Vicky Donor' and 'Madras Cafe' in last couple of years. This time he is back with another interesting casting and emotional film. 

 

 

The film kicks off with portrayal of daily life of the Delhi based girl Piku (Deepika Padukone), whose world revolves around her architectural office, her colleague Sayyed Afroze (Jishu Sengupta) and her father Bhaskhor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan). She has mundane and monotonous life. While her day starts off with her office and ends with her ever-worried-about-constipation father. Despite all her efforts to brainwash him off the same, he refuses to budge. That's why she compromises with the existing situation, which also means that she has to cancel a lunch date in order to attend to her 'mentally constipated' father's constant SOS. Just when life is moving in a simple manner for this family, a sudden decision to travel to Kolkata springs up. 




Because Bhaskhor rules out the possibility of travelling by air or train citing his constipated problems, the family decides to go on a road trip to Kolkata. One the other hand, due to lack of 'availability' of any driver, the owner of a rental taxi service Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan) decides to drive the car himself. It is during this trip that Piku and her father realize a few bitter facts about life and about each other, courtesy, Rana, who doesn't believe in mincing words when it comes to calling a spade a spade. It is during this journey that a romantic tension develops between Piku and Rana. But when they reach Kolkata, a tragedy strikes the Banerjee household, which, not only changes the entire course of Piku's life, but also brings the entire Banerjee household to a standstill. What is this tragedy that strikes them, will Piku ever be able to find love and does Bhaskhor ultimately find a solution to his constipation is what forms the rest of the film. 




Performance wise Deepika Padukone is superb with honest act and consistent intensity throughout the film. Watch out for  sequence when he confronts her father regarding her constipationproblem! Amitabh Bacchan should be applauded for reinventing at this age with such a baritone mixed in such a difficult role. Irrfan Khan is good and adds sparks to somewhat slow paced film. Mausami Chatterjee is decent, Jishu Sengupta is endearing and Raghubir Yadav is good too. 




Film has very interesting story and screenplay which again proves class of Juhi Chaturvedi. Dialogues deserve special mention for few really funny sequences. Though film slows down at places due to songs and that is why editing could have been crispier. Film has couple of good songs and all songs are well shot. Camerawork is below par. 

 

 


Director Shoojit Sircar makes an interesting film and he takes up topic of constipation after sperm donation which in itself speaks about his confident storytelling. He tries to achieve simplicity of Hrishikesh Mukherjee from 70's and he achieves that to an extent which speaks volume about quality of this film. 




Film will release day after today and should release across 1800 screens. Film has very good chances at box office as there is not much competition because both 'Gabbar Is Back' and 'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai' will appeal to single screens only. Film will depend on great word of mouth as such films jump big post day one.

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'Piku' - An e-motional journey with quirky characters

May 08, 2015, IANS
Amitabh Bachchan in the movie Piku

Film: "Piku"; Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan, Moushumi Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav and Jisshu Sengupta; Director: Shoojit Sircar;

The posters and the title scream aloud, "Piku - Motion Se Hi Emotion" and true to its title, there is nothing holding it back, literally and figuratively. Shoojit Sircar, along with his team, who earlier gave us "Yahaan", "Vicky Donor" and "Madras Cafe", this time with "Piku" delivers a gem, that can go down in the annals of Indian cinema as one of the most entertaining films of the year. "Piku" is a slice of life that tackles the "basic" truths with candour and humour.It portrays a dysfunctional Bengali family to the core. Based in Delhi's Chittaranjan Park, Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) is a cantankerous, hypochondriac septuagenarian, who constantly fears that he is "critical" with issues relating to his bowel movements or the lack of it. He suffers from chronic constipation and his life solely revolves around his defecation.

This leads his daughter Piku (Deepika Padukone) to sacrifice her personal life to take care of her ageing father. She is largely tolerant and indulges most of his idiosyncrasies. So much so, that she willingly agrees to a road journey from Delhi to Kolkata when he insists he wants to visit his ancestral place, to where he belongs. The duo, accompanied by their Man Friday Boudhan and the owner of the taxi company, Rana Choudhary (Irrfan) as the driver, embark upon the journey. Throughout the journey, the film captures the fine nuances of its quirky characters through their bickering and squabbles. Amitabh plays the senile old Bhaskor Banerjee to perfection. He captures Bhaskor's spirit with such aplomb that he is repulsive and endearing at the same time. With this role, which includes the Bengali accent et al, director Shoojit Sircar has ensured that Amitabh has pushed the envelope further. The only flaw, albeit that can be overlooked, is Mr. Bachchan's clumsy get-up. His protruding stomach and unkempt wig were a tad unwarranted. Perhaps minus those, Bhaskor Banerjee would have looked more realistic.

Deepika, too, lives her character. There is something endearing about her Piku that probably only she could portray. She is natural and convincing as the independent, but family-oriented Bengali girl, who cares deeply for her father.

Irrfan, though excellent as Rana Choudhary, getting into the skin of his character, largely plays himself. His no-nonsense and matter-of-fact attitude is an extension of his personality, but he fits the character of Rana equally well. As an actor, he holds his own against Amitabh Bachchan when he nonchalantly states, "Death aur sh*t, kabhi bhi, kissi ko bhi, kahin bhi, aa sakti hain".

The rest of the cast. too, laudably essays their roles effectively and leaves a lasting impression on the viewers. What contributes to their performance, is undoubtedly the well-etched characters. Apart from the performances, it is Juhi Chaturvedi's writing that is brilliant. The script is taut and also verbose, but that's the way it was designed. The screenplay has the right combination of light and poignant moments. The din created by the endless chatter of the characters too, is unbelievably real. The sarcasm in the witty dialogues is intense and packed with subtle messages and humour. Naturally then, these keep you in splits. The background score by Anupam Roy is apt and mellifluous. The songs blend seamlessly into the narration, thereby enhancing the quality of the scenes.

Visually, the film is atmospheric. The dark frames by Kamaljeet Negi capture the mood and the moments clearly, but the snappy edits of quick shots in the initial scenes and a few jerky frames are a bit jarring.

Although "Piku" keeps you in "motion" for two hours plus, it is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable rides about life's fundamental needs, which you will thoroughly enjoy!


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