Cast: Deepika padukone, Amitabh bachchan, Irrfan Khan
Length: 125 minutes approx
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Now knowing the prowess of Sircar, the man who made that flawed but charming “Vicky Donor” or the over-ambitious but yet brave “Madras café”, one could safely expect atleast a good one time watch film from PIKU. But this film is not only his best film so far but also one of the best films made recently. A film that trespasses various issues pertaining to health, age, the irreverence in a parent-child relationship or even nostalgia. The last time a film tried to pack so many thoughtful and relevant issues together was that innocent and likeable “The Lunchbox” although the film couldn’t really exploit all of its emotions in a go.
But “Piku” coasts along like a fresh wind. Without giving separate introductions to three distinct characters, when its all about the characters in the film, PIKU weaves the traits of character nicely in scenes and brings a very real tone to the film. So if we see the father and daughter constantly bantering or bickering or even rudely telling “I wasn’t talking to you” each other every time, then in next few gem of moments we also see how subliminally these characters are so attached and yet so strong. Juhi Chaturvedi pens a masterstroke angle by not manifesting they-fight-a-lot-but-they-love in the narrative. Without a shed of spoon-feed the film sweeps away our heart at multiple occasions.
The film also has a big part of Road Journey and that’s the whole portion where a new dimension to the family in form of driver cum owner Irrfan Khan steps in and experiences humorous yet real journey and also shares his pearls of wisdom in as to how should one use his commode to get rid of constipation in a hilarious episode.
The only part where one might not fully be satisfied is that the film doesn’t have a specific goal from beginning. It might stick you at couple of portions. But that’s it. The film is so engaging that one doesn’t really want to think of anything but the three well written characters.
The film boasts of some nice songs especially the “Journey song” and the well-used “Bezubaan”. The writing is terrific and successful in creating moments that one can cherish forever. Also the film at point will bring tears in buckets which you might not be able to stop them even if you want to. Yes, its that strong a film! Shoojit Sircar has done a great job with this film and has brought out some crackling performances even from bit players like – Massi, or the Servant.
The film belongs to each three of them. Irrfan Khan gets the role perfect to the T. He just shines across in his scenes and maintains terrific chemistry even in mildly romantic scenes or the fascinating repo with Big B with whom he argues, shares great health knowledge and also teaches a lesson or two! While Big B just couldn’t have got better. He is unthinkably good and wins your heart even in a character that might irritate you the moment you meet him. And that’s why a great acror remains a great actor. While Deepika Padukone surprisingly stands tall to these mavericks of performers. She is so good in her titular part that one forgets that its her in the first scene. Absolutely terrific!
A film like PIKU is rare to come by and one should grab the opportunity without hesitation. If family entertainer has any literal meaning, PIKU is the one. A family which in truest form brings out some real moments, without a single moment of preachy idea, that predominantly exists today. Don’t miss it.
Rating – 4/5Tags: Amitabh Bachchan Deepika Padukone Irfan Khan Member Reviews Piku Reviews Shoojit Sircar