I remember watching the trailer of Piku the day it was out and almost instantly decided to catch it on the first day of its release. It was mainly because Mr. Bachchan’s character seemed hilarious, Deepika looked stunning as usual, there was Irrfan, the director had made Vicky Donor and the trailer sent out a very fresh vibe. I had a few friends asking me if I was sure I wanted to watch a movie which would be about shit! I dragged them along with me to the theater and even I had no idea what I was about to experience for the next two hours.
As of today, I have watched Piku over five times and I know I’ll watch it a number of times in the coming years. I still can not get over the simplicity of this movie. The film doesn’t have a start or an end to a story, rather it presents to us life, as it is, and regular discussions. Sure there have been movies like Before Sunrise and its sequels that are largely based on conversation between the protagonists, but Piku is still different. This film is not about profound and romantic conversations but rather about the mundane discussions and still manages to be hilarious and witty!
The dialogues flow out effortlessly throughout the film. The language is simple and the humour never goes over the top. To mention a few crispy dialogues, there is a scene where Piku tells Bhashkor “Din me ek baar potty nahi hua toh you don’t have to do taandav.” and another one where Rana yells at Bhashkor “Kuch baatien kaan ke andar nahi padegi toh pralay thodi aajayegi.” These had me in splits.
The film portrays the father-daughter relationship so beautifully, be it the arguments or the love and concern, that it almost captured the essence of the bond I share with my dad. The Piku-Rana relation is a realistic depiction of how people flirt as they start getting to know each other. There isn’t a touch yet the chemistry is infectious. It is wonderful how Deepika and Irrfan manage to build it up just by expressions. The party at Champa Kunj(the Kolkata home) when they barely manage to keep their eyes off of each other is amongst my favourite scenes in the movie.
I love the way the hints are dropped here and there about the relation between different characters, like about how Piku and Syed are more than just friends or how Chhobi mashi and kaaki don’t get along well.
Amitabh Bachchan’s performance is nothing short of perfection. His comic timing is spot-on and so is his accent as a Bengali. Irrfan Khan is effortless as always. He is not so much acting as he is being the character. Deepika doesn’t go out of rhythm even for a second . Her performance is my favourite in the film. Her eyes express anger, arrogance, concern and attraction as and when required. I just loved the scene when Deepika sits on Bhashkor’s bed and quietly weeps. No melodrama here. Moushumi Chatterjee is hilarious as Chhobi mashi and I also enjoyed the performance of actors portraying Budhan and Nabendu.
As the opening credits roll out, a soft Sarod score is played and the film had every bit of my attention since then. This score is used often in the background and also at the very end and its just beautiful. The background music also consists of a classical song during the Banaras sequence and two joyous Bengali songs all of which add to the mood of the scene. The album consists of fresh tracks and what is even more amazing is how they blend with the scenes. Bezubaan is my personal favourite and I also love Shreya Ghoshal’s work in The Journey Song. I hope Anupam Roy composes more for Hindi films in the future.
All in All:
Piku is a film that has urban Indian culture at its heart. It gives out a warm message without being too preachy. It reminded me of Hrishikesh Mukherjee films that were based on simple and realistic characters and story. Its gonna take me a while to get over this one.
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