Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Jishu Sengupta, Moushumi Chatterjee
A very unconventional, innovative film, depicting a father-daughter relation. Shoojit Sircar has done a marvelous job and has been able to capture the real essence of life in reel.
Shoojit is an incredible filmmaker who is so amazing at his job, his earlier films like 'Vicky Donor' and 'Madras Cafe' had already proven his talent. But Piku itself has taken him to a whole new level. This film can be considered as one of the finest film of the year.
The film is about father daughter relation, Bhaskor (Amitabh Bachchan) A 70 year old man who lives with his daughter in Delhi, suffers from constipation. He has myriad mood and he can keep get really irritating and annoying at times, like from hiding the salt in the kitchen to scaring off the housemaids. Bhaskor has his own set of rules and regulations, which he loves to follow.
The film has a refreshing element and has been scripted beautifully. Nothing complicated yet so appealing, the film has a very quirky feel, which keeps you hooked throughout. The sweet and sour relationship between father-daughter has been knitted perfectly as never before.
Piku (Deepika Padukone) on the other hand is an architect and a co-owner of a designing company, in her late twenties, unmarried and is looking for a partner. She starts her day with a whining father about his irregular motions, takes out all her frustration on the 'Himachal taxi service' drivers who drive her to work everyday.
The main agenda of the family revolves around 'motion' and they can discuss this at any point of time be it breakfast table or on a date night. However, this family is very progressive, Bhaskor is aware of Piku's physical relation (Piku who is in a casual physical relation with her partner Sayed Afroze (Jishu Sengupta)), but he doesn't want her to get married as he feel she needs to be independent and make a career. He was disappointed in her mother as she left her job for taking care of her family. He doesn't want his daughter to repeat that mistake.
Apparently, Piku is too frustrated with dealing all the paranoia of constipation, death, life, marriage, etc. and Bhaskor brings up his desire to visit to Kolkata home, but by road. Post a lot of argument and apprehensions she decides to take him there by road.
Considering Piku's behavior in the past no driver agrees to take 40 hours and 1500 kms drive with them. Rana Choudhary (Irrfan Khan) the owner of Himachal taxi service, is also frustrated from his grouchy mother and sister, so he plans to step in and take Piku and her father to Kolkata.
Juhi Chaturvedi has done a fabulous job in penning down the film. The lady has truly brought the soul to it. This film will definitely make you feel that this is my family! Even I had such experience in the film. Kudos.
The road trip from Delhi to Kolkata showcases different facets of a father daughter relationship. How the trio deal with each other on the trip, Piku exploring Rana as a friend and a person who understands her. Baskor and Rana chemistry, what way will this journey affect these three's life? What will this journey lead to? Would Piku fall in love? Well you will have to watch the film for that! This film will surly give you an e-'motion'-al hiccups!
All the three stars have done an fantabulous job! Amitabh Bachchan totally fits the bill of an aging old father who is stubborn and always nags around all the time. Deepika Padukone or should I say Piku? She entirely takes you along in the journey, she seems so real that not even once feel, she is playing a character she plays it so naturally. Irrfan Khan undoubtedly one of the most talented actors of B-Town, he is so much at ease while he is performing, that you would want to watch him again and again and again. The trio totally rocked. Not to forget the supporting cast, they added their own colors and strokes to make the picture perfect.
However if we overlook at the story of the film its is very simple, it is about a constipated father and a frustrated daughter living together. But the film has much more than you think it has! The dialogues of the film are very natural at the same time very impressive, and the way the story has been connected it is a sheer bliss to watch it on screen.
Kamaljeet Negi, the Director of Photography, has brought out the spirit of the film , he has captured all the mesmerizing Banaras Ghats and the refreshing morning at the Howrah Bridge he hasn't failed to miss any shot!
The music in the film is like a bonus! The music sweeps you further into the story. Anupam Roy has done an outstanding job. The only thing that might strike you is the abrupt interval. Other than that Sircar has done a picture perfect job. My verdict 3.5 stars. It's a Must watch for sure!