A story of a cantankerous old Bengali man, Bhaskar (pronounced as Bhaskor) Banerji and his dysfunctional relationship with his daughter, Piku is fixated on the theory of constipation, motions and of course, emotions. As the trailer had quite succinctly suggested, the potty humor drives you smoothly but engagingly through the two-hour-and-a-bit long movie. What is interesting, however, is that the poop-centric jokes are hardly ever crass. They are elegant, and polished.
So, I had booked my tickets for Piku last night, and accordingly arrived at the theatre with my friend. Getting embarrassed amidst scatological discussions, she had an awkward smile on her face as the reels began rolling.
Truth be told, I had signed up for this movie because I looked forward to watching the amazing spell that Amitabh and Deepika had left with their father-daughter relationship in Aarakshan. I expected to watch a movie that revolved around the two, their bitter-sweet tiffs and shed a tear or two. Surprisingly, Piku had all of it and so much more.
Totally unpredictable, Shoojit Sircar has got the movie uncannily, and gloriously right. Piku lives with her widowed father in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park, a hub for the Bangla speaking consummate metropolitans. With wooden furniture, dog-eared books, photos of Kobi-guru Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Ramakrishna and Sarada Ma hanging on the walls, and of course, the quintessential mosquito net, the entire movie is dipped in the “Bong” style of living. Furthermore, the father and his idiosyncrasies revolving around when, where and how much defecation he has or hasn’t been through, has you in bouts of laughter (and wee bit of disgust- as I caught my friend shrink her nose).
Bhaskor is as opinionated, suspicious whimsical and yet cute, as any annoying but loving granddad would be. As usual Amitabh Bachchan’s comic timing is amazing, his inconsistent but adorable Bangla-Hindi accent crackle with drollness, and his body language is just perfect. All in all, his deadpan finesse reigns supreme. Deepika is honest, and just that. Her honesty simply pierces you, and matching it all, we have Irrfan Khan. He is simply charming, letting his eyes do the talking.
Writing a brilliant script, Juhi Chaturvedi is, however, the true heroine of Sircar’s Piku. The banter between all the three characters steals the show. Truth be told, Piku cannot belong to only one of the actors acting in it. The movie belongs to the entire star cast.
By the end of it all, you are surprised by the twists and are smiling. And, yes, not that awkward one that you (and my friend) had in the beginning of the movie, but a happy one!
Please, watch it.
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