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Piku is a film with tremendous heart, raves Raja Sen.
We are never told Deepika Padukone's actual name in Piku.
A Bengali nickname is an all-conquering wonder, a sticky and stubborn two-syllable sound that a person is straddled with when too-young-to-object, and one that follows us to our graves.
And so Deepika's character -- be it in office or living room or on a relative stranger's phone-screen -- is always simply Piku, and, despite the peculiarity or cuteness of the nickname, its usage has become matter-of-fact.
The fact that throughout the film, we never dwell on its etymological origin-story and aren't concerned with what Piku means (or may perhaps be short for) illustrates honesty and a storytelling confidence rare to our cinema.
Shoojit Sircar's Piku is a special, special film.
It is a film about a cantankerous old man grumbling about constipation, a film about a young girl who knows how to drive but chooses not to, and a film about a young man who just can't bear his mother.
It is a film, then, about families and their foibles, about the small and large obsessions and habits that single us out for who we really are.
It is a film with tremendous heart -- one that made me guffaw and made me weep and is making sure I'm smiling wide just thinking about it now -- but also a sharp film, with nuanced details showing off wit, progressive thought and insightful writing.
Take a bow, Juhi Chaturvedi, this is some of the best, most fearless writing I've seen in Hindi cinema in a while.
Unlike Piku, her father has outlived most folk older to him -- the people who would have called him by a nickname. And yet Bhaskar Banerjee insists on a unique spelling, a Bhaskor to differentiate him from the Bhask-err types he might encounter near his Chittaranjan Park residence.
Bhaskor-da, frequent follower of laxative advice and incorrigible salt-stealer, is an imperious old coot fervently obsessed with his bowels.
This may or may not be a Bengali preoccupation, for ours is a tribe where mothers and wives glug Isabgol side-by-side before bedtime or, as I grew up witnessing, grand-uncles spend their mornings hopping about in the hope of generating the elusively mentioned "pressure."
All this, we've always been told, is not propah conversation.
It is too intimate, too familial a topic to be discussed out loud or far away from the toilet.
Chaturvedi and Sircar, however, clearly have a strange love for bodily fluids', and after making the nation titter about sperm in Vicky Donor, they take shit head on with this fine film.
Unlike Mr Banerjee's motions, the laughs come quick and fast. Yet scatology is merely one affectionate used aspect of Piku.
There is a road trip, there are arguments, there is affection, and all of that I leave for you to discover. This review is, besides applause, merely a celebration of detail and of craft.
Bachchan, as Banerjee, is a delight, hamming it up in the way old Bengali men do, posturing for family and servants and wagging his finger reproachfully at those outside the clan -- at one point he calls Irrfan "you non-Bengali Chaudhury."
He appears brash and dismissive but this, as he says, is because he is "a critical person", which translates to him setting higher standards for those he loves.
He'd be an old-school patriarch if he wasn't such a vociferous women's-libber, one who champions his daughter's sexual independence.
Having said that, he remains so set in his ways that he sits in Delhi and relishes a month-old stack of Calcutta newspapers. It may be old news but it's the news he loves.
Irrfan Khan is characteristically flawless. Despite a less author-backed role than father and daughter, he imbues his character with enough authenticity to steal many a scene and give the narrative its consistency.
It is largely for the benefit of Khan's Rana Chaudhury that the Bengalis speak in Hindi and English through (most of) this film's duration, and the character is fascinating.
An engineer with a dodgy backstory, he's morally sound enough to berate a pearl-pilfering sister and feels the need to call out selfishness even in someone he likes.
Khan's performance holds the film together, balancing the diametrically opposed -- and fundamentally similar -- father and daughter, sometimes by just a truly pointed look.
One scene, where he glances at Deepika to necessitate a change of seating arrangements in the car, is an absolute stand-out.
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.
And, as if that wasn't enough, Sircar makes Padukone say pachcha.'
Piku uses this Bangla word for arse -- a cute splat of a word, with a tchah-sound built right in -- while at a dining table full of eagerly nostalgic relatives and Padukone plays the moment magnificently, her eyes twinkling and grin well in place, dropping her guard to say an uncouth' word and, simultaneously, thrilled to be saying it.
The ensemble cast is spot-on, from the smug self-celebrating aunt played by Moushumi to Raghubir Yadav's doctor, who thinks nothing of ordering a few dozen boondi laddoos from an utter stranger, and it's lovely how Sircar uses them all.
Just like he does Calcutta, making the city look big and sturdy and historic and, well, epic, without ever picture-postcarding it or resorting to obvious cliches.
Except the cliches spouted by old Bengali men, pleased as punch to see their kids remembering old addresses long forsaken. (While on that, here's a joke Bengali fathers will appreciate: "What are bowels? Things that hold up many conshonants.")
There is an awful lot to love and appreciate in Piku, and, like the best of films, it sets you thinking but doesn't rush to point out quick-fix answers.
"Not satisfactorily," like Bhaskorda reveals when asked how well a new bowel-coaxing remedy worked, "phir bhi kuchh naya karne ko mila."
Sometimes the joy indeed lies in trying out something new, and Piku is just the tonic.
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by Mihir Fadnavis May 8, 2015 11:55 IST
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.
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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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' 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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 Movie Poster
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars (Four and half stars)
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.
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'
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.
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.
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 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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