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Colorful. Maybe a little too colorful. I recently watched Amitabh Bachchan starrer Piku and I am quite ambivalent about it. At one side, I could relate to the story completely because I have first hand experienced what it is like to live in a Bengali household but the story failed to break the barriers and form a proper connection with me, hence I couldn’t completely engross myself in the movie which resulted in me yawning multiple times at different points of the movie.
The movie is about a father and daughter, who have a bitter-sweet relationship, which is adorable for a while but gets a little laggy by the end of the movie. The movie has a ‘shitty’ start, literally. Bashkor Banerjee (Played by Amitabh Bachchan) is having a conversation with his daughter Piku (Played by Deepika Padukone) about how he was suffering from constipation and in the first five minutes, the viewers get a humorous and light start to the movie when a discussion ensues between the duo about the different reasons and solutions for the constipation. The director, Shoojit Sircar has managed to capture the typical Bengali family behaviour and discussions beautifully throughout the movie. Piku hires a taxi from a taxi service run by Rana (Played by Irfan Khan) and everyday makes the driver to cause an accident by asking him to drive faster. There is a scene where Piku herself was late, but blamed the driver for being late. I can vouch for the candidacy of that scene because that actually happens with most Bengalis. Whenever at fault, blame the other person.
Bashkor is a hypochondriac and wishes he’d get sick, but unfortunately suffers from nothing more than constipation. Piku is frustrated by her father’s childish and immature behaviour. Her father stubbornly keeps pressing her not to get married, which is really odd and refreshing because generally Indian parents want to marry off their children. All this also has an adverse affect on Piku’s love life. With hilarious tid bits, the movie moves along for about the thirty minutes. Bashkor and Piku are at a party, when Bashkor has had a little too much to drink, and when he returns he falls ill and his blood pressure drops really low. After he recovers, he realises he needs to go back to his birth place and home town, Calcutta one last time. Bashkor feels he is invincible and says he will go from Delhi to Calcutta via road. Piku having no other option other than listening to her father, is convinced. They hire a car from Rana’s taxi service, which Rana himself ends up driving.
The movie tends to get really slow at certain points. Bashkor’s constipation is probably one of the main topics to talk about in the movie, which when you think about is very gross. The viewers vicariously feel the pleasing feeling of a road journey at many points, but then abrupt stops for various reasons, just act as a ‘buzzkill’. When they reach Calcutta, the traditional Bengali essence is spread across the silver screen, and for me it was very pleasing, but I feel not every one will have an appetite for it. There is a dialogue where Rana tell’s Bashkor how he manages to connect everything in the world to his stomach. Trust me, nothing else epitomizes Bengalis better than that dialogue. The ending of the movie, various emotions seem to contradict each other, which may people confused. But if you like comedy and family drama, this movie is worth a one time watch. Amitabh Bachchan is brilliant, as usual. He has immersed himself in the role of an old Bengali father. His posture, body language, accent, even his dressing style and hand movements where like typical Bengalis. Irfan Khan just proved he is probably one of the most versatile actors in the world. Recently, he had played an old sikh man in another movie and in this movie he plays a dynamic, young man from UP. The contrast in those two characters is astronomical. And he managed to do a brilliant job in both the movies. I was ambivalent about Deepika Padukone’s performance, I believe her performance declined as the movie went along. For example, she had a recognizable Bengali accent in the start of the movie, which vanished by the end of the movie. But her portrayal of a dedicated and self-abnegated daughter was commendable. The direction was brilliant, considering how the director managed to bring out one of the most vibrant cultures in India without anything looking as if it was forced. But I have to say that, Piku will be an amazing movie for a certain sect of people, essentially the Bengalis. But many people, may feel it’s boring and not interesting and it is understandable because such movies may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
My rating for Piku: 6.9/10
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