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Shoojit Sircar has a super keen eye. He doesn't miss a thing in this film. He delivers over-the-top potty humour, served with nuanced subtlety. You will laugh loudly and just as suddenly burst into tears. Everyone talks over each other, as real people are wont to, and yet not a single word goes unheard or is unnecessary. There is constant movement in every frame, everyone is getting on with whatever they are doing rather than waiting to finish or speak a line. Everything that makes up a film - from art direction, dialogues, casting of extras, cinematography, music, make up, costume, locations, lighting and acting is so faultless that you stop looking and just watch, enjoyably.
Something amazing has happened to Deepika, and this 2.0 version can play just about anything convincingly. She has blossomed into an incredible actor and has never looked more beautiful. Her Piku is moody, stressed, rude, caring and so very real. Piku reminded me of me or my sister or any of us power women who spin so many plates in the air simultaneously, and it never seems enough. We work ambitiously, look after our babies and/or parents, run a home, beg our maids to stay, let our hair down, have fun, have sex, search for peace and are highly irritable at the best of times. Deepika, you conveyed all that and then some.
Piku's father played by Mr. Bachchan is wonderfully cantankerous, lovingly dyspeptic, highly arrogant and so very endearing. Apart from his obsession with the colour, texture, amount and frequency of his potty, he is intently focused on dissuading any prospective male interest in his daughter by telling them all about her sex life and her short fuse. His accent, his body language, his character choices and his ability to lose his superstar persona all convince you further why he in the one the only.
Irrfan as always doesn't need dialogues to convey exactly what his character intends. His one expression can contain pages of subtext. He's funny, curious and fits in hysterically as the outsider who can't get over how this family can always bring it back to the bowel!
Each actor cast as the extended family, the domestic help, the friends is on the same page of subtle brilliance.
The only problem with Piku was that it ended. Yet it ended just like the rest of the film - in perfection. You felt full, satiated and still willing to squeeze in one more delicious bite if offered. I can't think of a reason to take even half a star away. 5 stars.
Just go see it now. And take me along again and again.
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