Starring Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan in lead roles, Piku is directed by Shoojit Sircar. From the time the promos of this one began airing on TV, people have been quite excited seeing the comic and light – hearted nature of this flick. Does it work? Let’s check it out.
Deepika Padukone (Piku) is your everyday young woman who works at an architecture firm and takes care of her 70 year old dad played by Amitabh Bachchan (Bhaskor). Bhaskor Da has a weak stomach and frequently ends up sitting in the toilet with loose motions. Piku tries to balance her work life with ensuring her father gets his medicines at the right time. Bhaskor convinces Piku for a trip to Kolkata to see their old home and catch up with their relatives. The rest of the flick deals with their journey and how Irrfan Khan (Rana) slowly but surely becomes a part of their lives.
Piku has a very simple and sweet little feel to it. The situations are so life – like which children and their parents would be experiencing day in and day out. The dialogues are fresh and witty making you laugh quite regularly. The comedy doesn’t feel forced at all. Rather, it’s quite situational and that makes the experience even better.
The cinematography depicting the different hues of Delhi, Kolkata and the journey on the highway is quite beautifully done. Thankfully, there’s no forced romance or songs to speak of. The background music is efficiently used in different parts of the movie helping take the story forward.
Amitabh is brilliant as the 70 year old father who has a weak stomach and is nervous that he would get all the health problems despite the doctors reassuring him time and again. Deepika does complete justice to her character of a young daughter who tries to strike a balance between work and taking care of her father. So many of us are in such a dilemma in real life, aren’t we? Irrfan is measured and the subtle romance between him and Deepika is beautifully portrayed. Jishu Sengupta and Moushami Chatterjee are par for the course.
All in all, a must watch.
Rating – 4.5/5
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