A 70-year-old constipated hypochondriac who’s too grumpy to handle, a young and successful architect who takes care of her strange father as if he’s her son and the owner of a private taxi company who’s rational yet complicated.
Three central characters and poop.
Yes, that’s what completes Piku and Juhi Chaturvedi’s undeniably the star of this beautiful ‘motion’ picture.
(Mango Pulp, anyone?)
Piku doesn’t talk about complexities, Piku doesn’t talk about anything exemplary.
It’s a piece of you, it’s a piece of me, it’s a piece of our lives.
It is simple, full of heart and mesmeric.
Piku Banerjee is a well brought up, intelligent and highly successful woman who takes care of her 70-year-old childlike hypochondriac father Bhashkor Banerjee, as her mother had passed away a while back. Her life’s entangled between work, her father and her messed up personal life, as Bhashkor doesn’t want her to get married and ends up pushing away all her possible beaus by telling them that she isn’t a virgin.
It might sound weird and crass but that’s when you realise Bhashkor is actually like a little kid and just can’t let her daughter go away-adorably selfish.
Along with impeccably written characters and dialogues, it’s the casting that works over here.
The casting and then the performances are like those cherries on top of a perfectly baked cake with extremely tempting and mouthwatering icing.
Amitabh Bachchan was destined to play Bhashkor and I say this with full confidence, as he raises the bar for actors with each film that he does. From his Bengali dialect to his body language, his expressions to his walk, everything reminded me of my grandfather and I’m sure it’ll do the same to you. Mr. Bachchan was the perfect choice and he did full justice to the exquisitely written character of Bhashkor.
He irritates the maid by standing on top of her all the time, he taunts his wife’s sister about her innumerable marriages, he doesn’t let her daughter get married because he wants her to stay independent and take care of him, cribs about his bowel problems all the time, irrespective of the place and time, and even then, you’ll fall in love with him.
In one scene Bhashkor criticises women and their capitulation towards their better halves. He feels that women should not get married, as it takes away their independence and they end up surrendering their freedom.
Bhashkor wasn’t just a pain in the ‘ass,’ he was intelligent and wise, as well.
Deepika Padukone surprised me as Piku. Probably her own nature coincided with Piku’s and that helped her carry the character forward, but Deepika’s surely got her critics going, as they’ll have to shut themselves up and hide in some deserted part of the world now.
You would want to marry her after watching the film, she’s that gorgeous. She’s effortless, immensely confident and stands tall amongst maestros like Irrfan Khan and Mr. Bachchan.
Piku’s the ideal modern woman-She’s smart, she’s intelligent, she’s successful, she’s independent, she’s sexually independent, she takes care of her father and has no regrets about it-Basically, she’s a wonder woman, but she’s got her flaws.
Chaturvedi’s just brilliant with her characters and Deepika’s complimented her writer so well that you would end up forgetting that you’re watching Deepika Padukone in a film, it’s that natural and authentic. She’s undoubtedly the reigning queen of our industry alongside Kangana Ranaut.
Saved the best for the last-
Irrfan Khan, naam toh suna hee hoga?
Irrfan as Rana Chowdhary, who owns a private taxi company and drives Piku and Bashkor to Kolkatta in some uncertain and weird circumstances delivers yet another profoundly accomplished performance.
His straight face-dry and dark humour always does the job. He has some of the funniest scenes with Mr. Bachchan and they would really chuckle yours bones up. This man is gifted and he can never hit a false note.
Piku’s music by Anupam Roy is a delight and the camerawork by Kamaljeet Negi is extraordinary. The entire technical staff deserves an applause along with the supporting cast, especially Moushumi Chatterjee as Chaubi Mausi.
But Juhi Chaturvedi takes it away for me.
She’s written the story, the dialogues and the screenplay.
Piku’s actually her baby and this baby is extremely gorgeous. Chaturvedi’s one of the best writers in the country and it’s time we start respecting and acknowledging the female writers of our country.
Shoojit Sircar provided the perfect path to Chaturvedi’s vision and together they are as strong as Bhashkor and his constipation.
They’ve done it with Vicky Donor, they’ve done it with Madras Cafe and this time, they’ve done it again with Piku.
Do yourselves a favour and catch this lovely film as soon as possible. (To those who haven’t seen it yet. 😛 )
And don’t forget:
‘Insaan Ka Emotion Uska Motion Ke Sath Juda Hua Hai’
Chaturvedi used this strange metaphor to perfection and formed a highly ironic end.
Piku’s full of laughter, nostalgia, love and little bit of tears.
In short, go for it.