With hits like Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe to his name, director Shoojit Sircar is back with an interesting tale about a father-daughter relationship. Offbeat, quirky and likable, Piku is surprisingly delightful to watch. Why surprising, you ask? In case you haven’t noticed, the promotions of the film were somewhat lukewarm in comparison to other commercial films. However, Piku puts all curiosity to rest by striking the right chord with its simple yet refreshing story, perfect balance of emotions and brilliant acting. Bringing together three incredibly talented stars of Bollywood, i.e. Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan. They are indeed the life of the film, so much so that it would be unfair to pinpoint who performed better.
Set in Delhi and Kolkata, the story delves into the life of Piku (Deepika Padukone), an architect who is temperamental, blunt and frustrated. On the other hand is her father, Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan), whose daily struggle with constipation gets the better of him. Together, they set out along with Rana Chowdhary (Irrfan) on a road trip to Kolkata to save their ancestral home.
Deepika Padukone, who is apparently the protagonist of the film, is terrific as always. With her character Piku being the epitome of high-voltage temper, she slips into the role effortlessly. Playing her hypochondriac father is Amitabh Bachchan, who nails it as a humorously cocky and self-centered man. Known for perfecting his role to the hilt, he convincingly adds a very ‘Bengali’ tinge to the story. Last but not the least, Irrfan is another powerhouse talent to watch out for. He’s one actor who can certainly make you laugh, irrespective of the intensity of the situation. Moushumi Chatterjee and Jisshu Sengupta also give good performances.
The film features dialogues that are situation-based, light-hearted and interestingly progressive. Also, the background score and the songs flow beautifully with the story. However, the only letdown of the film could be the pace. The story literally races through the first half, which might leave you feeling a little overwhelmed. Otherwise, it’s an enjoyable film that will entertain you with a perfect balance of humor, drama and emotions.
Why you should watch this film?
Piku is a refreshing tale that acquaints us with one of the craziest father-daughter duos ever. It features three extremely talented stars who will not disappoint you. To sum it all up, if you are looking for a light-hearted film to enliven your weekend, Piku is definitely recommended for you.