It's often seen that a daughter is always fond of her father. Right from her childhood the affection and bonding keeps increasing with each passing year. The small hands eventually grows up with the caring hands of her father and other family members. Getting married might be the best day in her life, but on the same day she also has to bear the pain of parting away from her loving father. Situations change, but the love is intact, except for the fact that it gets less time to display due to various stages of life. Then, there are many such daughters who dedicate their life to their parents, especially their father. 'Piku' is one such film which talks about a father and daughter relationship, where the daughter has totally dedicated her life in taking care of her aging father. It's very rare that we get to witness such unique tale of love and affection. Thus, let's find out whether 'Piku' will set a benchmark by portraying a novel contemporary tale of a father and a daughter or might be one of those melodramatic films with forced emotional quotient, added only to lure the soap opera audiences.Story:
'Piku' is a story of Piku (Deepika Padukone) who works with her friend Sayed (Jishu Sengupta) and looks after her ageing father Baba / Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan). Baba has a huge problem of constipation and thus Piku along with her family members keep seeking a solution to this problem of Baba. One day after a party Baba's health deteriorates and it is that time when Baba decides to visit his home way back in Kolkata. The family decides to go on a road trip and hires a car from Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan). Rana joins them on a journey which explores every emotion and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story by Juhi Chaturvedi might look like a one liner story, but has various shades and tales to tell. The movie starts with the motion problem of Amitabh Bachchan and connects brilliantly with the emotions of Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan. 'Piku' is one of those films where almost every scene is worth mentioning and is a gem in its own. There are back to back precious moments and scenes like Amitabh Bachchan's motion talks over lunch followed by Amitabh Bachchan firing the servant, Irrfan chat with his mother, Amitabh Bachchan - Moushumi Chatterjee chats and arguments, Amitabh Bachchan dancing after the party, Irrfan Khan's first interaction with Amitabh Bachchan followed by Irrfan watching the curriculum of Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan singing a Bengali song, Amitabh Bachchan's views over women getting married, Amitabh-Irrfan arguments in the middle of the road, Irfan-Deepika's talk at Ganga ghat, Irrfan explaining Amitabh Bachchan about motion system followed by his outburst, entire family discussing motions at the time of breakfast, Amitabh Bachchan firing Irrfan over the ventilator, Amitabh Bachchan's cycle ride followed by the heart touching finale and many more which will stay in your heart and mind for years and years to come. Juhi Chaturvedi has added minute nuances in such a brilliant manner that everyone will some or the other way get attached to the happenings and emotions in the film. The movie talks about the perspective and transformation of todays women and the love for ones parents without being preachy or melodramatic. The serious matter of old age has been presented just like a homeopathy pill with lots of sweet coating over it. There are so many scenes where its tough to take your eyes away from Amitabh Bachchan-Deepika Padukone-Irrfan Khan. Dialouges are realistic and powerfull. The locations of Delhi, Benaras and Kolkatta adds up as a visual treat along with the road journey in this sweet and pure film. The only minor hitch in this movie is the overdose of brand endorsement, which can be overlooked easily.Music & Direction:
The songs add up as a narrative part of the film. 'Journey Song', 'Bezubaan' and 'Piku' goes perfectly with the flow of the film. 'Lamhe Guzar Gaye' will leave you with a lump in your throat. The background music by Anupam Roy is brilliant and is creatively soothing.
Director Shoojit Sircar brings up a simple tale which will connect with every emotional person in its own way. He says it in a very subtle yet most powerful manner we have ever witnessed. He will remind you the brilliance of the ace directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee, Basu Bhattacharya, Rituparno Ghosh and many such talented people who had a knack of narrating the most simplest and memorable films. Every frame and settings in the film is a sheer brilliance and will connect with its viewers. The emotions shown in the film are perfectly felt and experienced with lots of smile and moist eyes with tears at times. After a long time a filmmaker said so much in the most simple and sweet manner.Performances:
I have no words to describe the flawless performance of Amitabh Bachchan. A whole dictionary full of new adjectives should be formed just to describe the finesse and ace performance of this god gifted actor. His body mannerisms, facial expressions and dialect brilliance, sync with each other. You will connect to his anger, curiosity, happiness, love and sadness. He is super cute in many scenes and definitely the show stealer among all the ace actors. Deepika Padukone looks stunningly beautiful and expresses herself through her magical eyes. The character of Piku will be seen as a source of inspiration for many young girls. Irrfan Khan is brilliant and despite of having a smaller role in comparison to Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, still has his moments of glory. His nuances add up as a cherry on the top in every scene. He charms you with his cute smile and amazing timing. All the three actors compliment each other. Jishu Sengupta and Raghuvir Yadav lend good support. Moushumi Chatterjee is fantastic and one would love to see more of her in every frame of the film. Balendra Singh is good in his role, as a servant.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well, this movie has all the dum required for a good overwhelming film. Director Raj Kapoor once said that it's easy to make a hit film, but most difficult to make a good and a simple film. Shoojit Sircar and his team succeeded in making a good and a simple film which cleanses your emotional soul, which has been badly tampered in this materialistic world. The father-daughter bonding will bond everyone with their family in their own way by teaching you the art of living due to which, 'Piku' ends up setting a benchmark of a true and purest film from our time.Rating: 5/5
(P.S - After watching this film, I went home and gave a bear size hug to my mother, I am sure you too will do the same.)