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PIKU Is Touching Film About Relationships And Emotions
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
Slow at times, abrupt climax, camerawork and editing look patchy
Watch it for feel good entertainment
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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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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Piku had a slow opening of around 15-20% at multiplexes though some in the big cities were better while Kuch Kuch Locha Hai had a poor opening of around 5-10%. Both films were also dull in single screens though Piku has a limited single screen release.
Piku should pick up late afternoon and evening shows as these type of films which are aimed mainly for the premium multiplexes usually do but the costs are high for a niche film and it will have grow big on Saturday and sustain extremely well to get near recovery.
Kuch Kuch Locha Hai is less than half the cost of Piku but the way it has opened at multiplexes it has no chance The single screens may be a bit better but single screens can only really help if they open to full houses or close to full houses as the trend is always down..
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