Piku: Film Review – Offbeat, quirky and likeable!

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.

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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.

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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.

13 Comments

  1. raju paul

    May 8, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Before i went for the 1st show of the movie in the morning, i had never expected to be surprised
    pleasantly with the film’s effortless dialogues and performances..i instantly got gripped by all the characters as if i knew them closely..all the lead characters’ gave their top notch performances..i thoroughly enjoyed the whole journey with all the ‘shit’ jokes and arguements between father-daughter and the chemistry between deepika and irrfan..i really felt very sad bcos of the sudden turn in the end..my throat got a lump..it only shows that the character seems so real…it was a very sweet and light hearted watch…

  2. Raju Mulchandani

    May 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Superb movie

  3. vicky

    May 9, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Avarage

  4. geeta

    May 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    The film dipicts the exact emotions, fears and dilemma that people with aged parents who turn adamant and child like, go through. Though there is light hearted comedy every now and then, it still stirs up your emotions to bring tears even during a comedy scene. A very touching film indeed and undoubtedly an enjoyable one too. Awesome performances by all the actors and commendable direction indeed.

  5. aditi

    May 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    beautifull movie… full of fun and laughter yet emotional.. teach you to have patience nd love your parentss deepika my fav… jst loved it ….
    i love u maa-paa more now

  6. prakhar

    May 14, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Superhit Movie…..*****

  7. Manjeet

    May 15, 2015 at 12:32 am

    There’s a family, a maid, relatives of family, Taxi fellow, Taxiwala’s family.
    Everyone is angry with everything at all times and right from the start of the movie, everyone keeps yelling at each other.
    Ok someone is frustrated, someone is irritated, someone is genuinely angry, someone wants to make others angry, someone likes being grumpy, someone is forced to be grumpy. But overall, everyone wants to yell at everyone else.
    Approximate decibel level for shouting is 88 and movie characters successfully exceed 88! Kudos.
    Let me give a mathematical summary, that will make it more clear.
    Piku = 5% of Mr.AB old age comedy + 10% DP looks + 10% Constipation jokes + 2% Handling-old-age-people-emotions +73% Pure Noise (unadulterated).
    I would say save your precious 3 hours and do anyone of the following:
    # Go cycling
    # Visit a friend for 3 hours and have some tea+maggi with him, relive your memories
    # Get started with few pages of Digital fortress
    # Call up your relatives, sister, friends, ask them how they are, hows life, Is it raining in their city etc
    # If you badly want a movie watch Ultron
    # Just sleep, it helps in building new cellular material such as enyzmes, proteins, and cells. This is essential for tissue growth, maintenance, and repair.Also helps in replacing aging or dead cells. So go for it.

  8. Purvi

    May 17, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Effortlessly great performances by Amitabh Bacchan, Deepika n Irrfan. Only thing I couldn’t understand is why is sex before marriage shown so common, ‘need based’ and OK in the movie. An actor of the caliber of Amitabh Bacchan delivering a dialogue ‘my daughter is not a virgin’… I certainly didn’t expect. What message is the Indian Cinema giving to today’s generation?

  9. R ch

    May 17, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Excellent movie superb acting by big B deepika and irfan . Too much of constipation but can be tolerated.

  10. ananda

    May 19, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Brilliant movie

  11. Saikat Khan

    May 23, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    What a boring movie!!! What actually Shoojit Sircar tried to show his viewers? The tele-films on Zee Bangla are sometimes far better than this. Just waste of money, time and mood.

  12. Tisya ghai

    May 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Motion ka emotion is funny comedy

  13. Abhishek Agarwal

    June 12, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    EXCELLENT MOVIE , SUPERB ROLE

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