Bhashkor Banerjee is constipated. Not just physically, but mentally. And his restricted temperament is affecting his entire extended family.
A father who introduces his 30-year-old daughter to her suitors as a “financially, emotionally and sexually independent, non-virgin woman” and a daughter who scolds her dad for his obsession with health and tells him it would have been better if he had some disease.
The dad is Amitabh Bachchan’s Bhashkor Banerjee and Deepika Padukone essays the role of Piku, the daughter, in this Shoojit Sircar’s directorial venture.
How does this eccentric father-daughter relationship unfold on screen? Let us explore.
In a rare reminder of Hrishikesh Mukherjee films, Piku does not feel like a movie; it might as well have been a video recording of any family with an ageing parent and a single child taking care of him/her.
Piku presents a very realistic view of a typical Indian family. The film has life as it is, minus any over-the-top idealistic relationships or preachy morals. The film harps on the simplicity of reality, gently tugging on your heartstrings.
he film explores the relationship between an old father and his daughter on whom he completely depends. Shoojit, who earlier gave us John Abraham-starrer Madras Café (2013) and Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Vicky Donor (2012), once again proves that an entertainer does not have to be larger-than-life and unrealistic.
The beauty of Piku lies not in the story but the way it is told. The film shows that mind-boggling stories are not essential to touch hearts on the silver screen. Piku’s story is too simple – it does not offer shocks or surprises. Instead, it is one of those endearing narratives where the actors’ performances and nuanced ways in which the director tells the tale overpower the predictable storyline.
Juhi Chaturvedi’s warm and sweet screenplay ensures that everyone who lives with or has lived with ageing parents will identify with Deepika’s character. It is irritating to deal with their tantrums and we keep scolding them, but the moment we see the smallest deterioration in health, we are ready to do anything to ensure that they are back to their childish ways.
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