Reviewed by Madhukar KR
Piku is this year’s feel good film from Bollywood. The film explores evolved father daughter relationship in depth in the changing modern times. Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone with Irffan are at their best in terms of natural performances. Shoojit Sircar is back with a bang after giving us the laugh riot Vicky Donor a few years ago.
Piku (Deepika Padukone) in her late twenties is the unmarried daughter of Bhaskor Banarjee (Amitabh Bachchan). Bhaskor Banarjee suffers from chronic constipation or bowel problems due to which he is always concerned about his health. In fact though he does not suffer from any other serious medical problems, he is constantly tensed and anxious about his health irritating his daughter in the process. This whole affair leads to many funny comical situations throughout the film which leads the characters to talk about shit all the time 😀
The film takes the form of a road trip movie once the father daughter duo is joined by the taxi owner played by Irffan. The funny potty talk in the road trip scenes will have the audience in splits. I think this genre has been rarely exploited by Bollywood barring Delhi Belly to some extent. It also reminds me of kamal Haasan’s cult classic potty scene in the silent movie ‘Pushpak’.
The film explores the evolving relationship between father and daughter where the father approves of her sexual needs and is fine with her physical relationship despite being unmarried. In fact he is more worried that if Piku commits to a serious relationship which could culminate into marriage he might not get the same care and attention from her. Piku plays an adorable daughter who is not willing to forgo his ageing father even after getting married. She feels ageing parents need to be taken care by their children just like kids.
Three thumbs up from Planet Movies for this light hearted film which will make Piku an endearing character to remember this year.