Originally posted by KochurShaakBataPiku-
The trailer bored me but the film surprised me. Though I
was pretty excited for it since it went on floors but got demotivated
after the trailer so really didn't imagine the film would be that good. I
have lots to say about the film so it's a very long post. It might
contain some small spoilers here and there.
To start with
the beginning, I got hooked into the film right from the heavenly sarod
tune that was played during the opening credits.It set the mood of the
film right away. I also liked how Shoojit first gave a glimpse of the
life of Piku and Baba and then started the story after the title of the
film. Piku is beautifully written. It's such a simple story but written
and presented in such an entertaining way, really hats off to Juhi for
the work she has done. Also the film revolved around constipation,
something we try not to discuss much and get irritated about when
someone talks about bowel movements but still Shoojit managed to involve
the audience in middle of all the constipation discussion between the
characters by making it funny but not overdoing it. I myself am not a
fan of toilet humour but except for one small scene where Irrfan
sketches, I found the humour to be subtle and funny. Then comes the way
the movie progresses from Delhi to Kolkata, completely loved how the
story was built around the journey and the two cities. The whole Journey
sequence is my favorite part of the film- the whole road trip from
Delhi to Kolkata has everything, starting from humour, romance and then
One of the best part of the film was how all the
characters created by the writers gelled with each other perfectly and
no one stood out individually. Starting from Piku,Baba,Rana to Chobi
Mashi,Budhan, Moni Kaki,everyone is such an important part of the story
and Shoojit has done a brilliant job by bringing out the best out of all
the actors.I want to really thank Shoojit for giving Moushumi
Chatterjee and Swaroopa Ghosh a good amount of screen space in the film.
Moushumi as always was lovely and it was great to see Swaroopa in a
slightly bigger role after her funny Pishi's character in Vicky Donor.
Also, though the film was mainly about a father-daughter relationship
(apart from constipation), I liked how Shoojit stayed away from all
sorts of tried and tested melodrama we have seen time and again in such
stories. Two very practical central characters with a practical day to
day story. No where in the film do we see Bhashkor showing his affection
to Piku directly but it's seen how much he loves her daughter towards
the end of the film. I don't like love stories but Piku-Rana's subtle
relationship shown in the film comes close to Sid and Aisha's from Wake
Up Sid. -the only two movies where I have genuinely loved the chemistry
and the romance between the couple.
I also loved the small
details Shoojit has added in different parts of the film.Baba eating
Khichdi with that small bottle of Jhorna Ghee, the Ramkrishna-Sarada
photographs on the wall and the way Piku prays to them quickly before
leaving, the way Chobi Maashi criticizes women wearing nightie at
home,the usage of Tulu pump, Moni Kaki chopping vegetables with a
boti,those delicious begun bhaja and other stuff served on the table,
the bengali songs in the background,etc made the bong in me very happy
to see these things in a hindi movie.Perfect portrayal of a Bengali
household. That Jibone Ki Pabona dance Bhaskor does after getting drunk
was awesome,especially when Piku goes to her room after seeing her dad
enjoy and spends the night with Syed. That small moment says so much
about the relationship Piku and her dad has, the independence Bhaskor
has given Piku and also the little bit of happiness in Piku's mind to
finally find some time for herself to enjoy.Deepika is brilliant in that
whole sequence (including the morning scene).
The whole build up
towards the climax reminded me so much about my grandfather that I
really couldn't control my emotions during the final sequence.My
grandfather was a toned down version of Bhashkor and I think that is why
I connected so much with the film. I have seen people writing in social
media platforms that Piku is an inspiration for independent single
women but I see Piku as an inspiration for everybody-man or woman,
doesn't make a difference.No matter how much you might get irritated
with your parents, you cannot leave them to fend for themselves at old
age. The message isn't in your face throughout the film but you still
get it loud and clear after watching the film. By the end of the film, I
also kept thinking that with me growing up, my parents are also growing
old so this was like a perfect insight into what probably would be
anybody's future because I didn't see any bit of fiction in the
arguments Piku and Bhaskor had-they were all so real. Piku is now one of
my favorite characters from a Bollywood film. I would consider myself
lucky if I am able to be like Piku when my parents grow old.
movie touched my heart at several different levels and made me so
emotionally involved throughout the two hours, so irrespective of some
flaws here and there, I would give it a perfect 5/5
. The best movie of 2015 till now for me. I can watch it again and again.
loved the little bit of Bengali words Shoojit made Deepika mouth here
and there in the film,especially the bit where she tells Bhaskot uses
warm water during winters to wash his 'Pacha'.
I couldn't control myself.
Just wrote whatever came to my mind. I surely have missed so many other beautiful moments from the film.
Thank you for a very apt appraisal . Being a Calcuttan I too identified with all the details you mentioned ...specially the Ramkrishna & Ma pictures ...and that dance to Jibone ki pabona was brilliant.
A very , very good film after a long time.