“Piku, Aai Piku”..A deep baritone voice comes from across the room and in runs Piku.. “Ki hoece baba?” asks Piku…And then what follows is an endearing scene of a father and a daughter sorting out issues every Bengali can relate with. Shoojit Sircar’s latest offering Piku is an endearing tale of a father-daughter relationship. The film had been in the news owed to the great casting and the storyline. Let’s check how the director fared along with the father-daughter duo in Piku.
Bhaskor Banerji is a widower whose main focus in life is to have a clean tummy every morning. The more difficulty he has in cleaning the bowels, the more difficult he becomes. Such is the difficulty posed by him that in the span of three months, Piku had to change three maids. Piku, his strong willed daughter despite the challenges her father poses goes on confidently doing her job as the architect. Rana Chaudhary, the cab service owner is caught between the father and the daughter duo in a road trip which gives the two of them a new perspective of life.
Director Shoojit Sircar deserves praise for not portraying a clichéd father-daughter relationship which we have all seen in different forms and levels of perfection. The father-daughter relationship in this film is something which no other Bollywood director has tried to show before and I say this simply because Piku and her father are not the typical “Adarshvadi” kinds whom we encounter in most Bollywood films. Piku’s father instead is a selfish man and he has no inhibitions in saying out loud that he does not want his daughter to get married so that he is not left alone. He is also quite happy and proud about the fact that his daughter is financially independent and is not a virgin by her own free will. And these are the very statements that make Piku’s father different from every other Bengali or for that matter ‘father’. Some of the scenes in the film are so endearing that many of us will be able to relate with it. The best scenes in the film are undoubtedly between Piku and her father.
The film which has many dialogues around the bowel related problems of Bhaskor Banerji never stinks. Unlike other films, where the bathroom jokes make you cringe in your seats, those in Piku come off as so very natural and humorous. Coupled with this is the good narrative style and great performances.
However, I wish Shoojit Sircar had spent more screen time on the struggles of Rana and his family. The director just gives a fleeting glimpse of all that makes Rana the man he is.
Kamaljeet Negi’s cinematography is perfect. He showcases Kolkata as the city is now. The fact that he did not over glorify the city actually makes the film so credible and relatable.
Music by Anupam Roy is perfect and blends well with the flow of the film. He strikes gold in his first Bollywood venture and gives a Bengali feel to the film.
Acting is the prized possession of the film. Amitabh Bachchan as Bhaskor Banerji is a pleasure to watch onscreen. As the Bengali widower he is pitch perfect (minus the diction in places). Many seated in the audiences who might have got a fleeting glimpse of the Big B shooting in Kolkata would be immensely pleased to see that very bicycle riding scene which all Kolkatans had relished when it had flooded the social media platforms. Big B as the cranky old man who is his in his second childhood may actually make many compare his performance with that in Paa. My only problem was that he looked too old for a Septuagenarian.
Deepika Padukone as Piku gives another mind blowing performance in the film. She looks extremely adorable when she mouths the Bengali dialogues. With that characteristic Bindi on her forehead she looked very much the suave and graceful Bengali girl in the film.
Irrfan Khan as the cab owner has minimal dialogues but the actor makes up for it with his body language. The actor is indeed a pleasure to watch on screen. Jisshu Sengupta, as Piku’s business partner is good with his bit and so is Moushumi Chatterjee as Piku’s Mashi. But I being an ardent follower of Bengali films was definitely left wanting for more of these two wonderful Bengali actors in this very Bangla and Bangali oriented film.
Piku must not be missed as Sircar, probably owed to his fetish for all kinds of body fluids (going back to Vicky Donor) has presented the film with complete honesty. The film does not preach. It simply showcases life as it is. Piku is not a movie but a slice of life on screen.
Sholoana Bangaliana Rating- 3.5/5
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