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PIKU (Hindi Movie)
Starring : Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bacchan, Irrfan Khan, Moushumi Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta, Akshay Oberoi Piku’s cast is similar to Avengers cast in Hollywood!
Producer : Ronnie Lahiri
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Music : Anupam Roy
Rating : 4 out of 5
What's about : A family movie based on relationships, responsibilities and their values, with perfect balance of humor. Way to your heart through Bowel !! Piku is about ageing, filial responsibility and nostalgia, the inexorable passage of time, which impacts everything - individuals, families, cities, cultures and belief systems. It smiles tenderly at Bengali flavours, at fish fry and digestion pills, but also at universal stories, of irritating relatives and domestics who look after us until we die. Brilliant narration and overpowering performances. Piku offers no masala or romantic escapades but neither does it bog you down with preachy monologues and gyan on how kids should be responsible towards their parents.
Location : Howrah Bridge, Bishop Lefroy Rd, Bhowanipore, sunset at Hooghly river Kolkata West Bengal
Story : Kolkata’s jhaalmuri is no ordinary bhelpuri. The secret is the pungent mustard oil. Piku (Deepika Padukone) is like that hot and tongue burning spicy jhaalmuri and Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) is double dose of mustard oil.

70-year-old Bhashkor Banerjee(Amitabh Bachchan) resides in ives in CR Park, Delhi along with his 30-year-old daughter Piku(Deepika Padukone). It is not easy tolerating Bhashkor, obsessed with details of the color, the texture, the size, and the consistency of his poop. Piku works to run home. She has her own insecurities and ways to deal with them. Rana Chaudhary (Irfan Khan) is a taxi company owner, who secretly admires Deepika and helps out this Bengali family. As Bhashkor ages, he wishes to visit his home place Kolkata. Constipation plays a deadly role in cutting short Bhashkor's long life. Piku unites with Rana or on some such note the movie ends. The intermission point is a masterstroke. This is a sparkling, heart-warming, comedy arising out of Amitabh's constipation propels that gladdens the cockles of the heart. Amitabh stamped that humans become kids again when they grow old. Film is slow but you still enjoy it throughout like home made food.

Music : A soul stirring and resounding theme track, beautiful sitar based score into the title credits. A decent, chartbuster album without having the “item numbers” in it ! melodious sarod in the opening credits sets the mood of a Bengali household beautifully.

Characters : no hero with a six pack abs or an ultra glamourous or sexy heroine. No cheesy items songs or skin show. a complete performance driven movie.
Deepika Padukone [ Piku ] : an award-winning performance, superbly awesome . She doesn’t act, she just reacts.
Amitabh Bachchan [ Bhaskor Banerjee Bangali ] : Bravura performance. Mesmerizingly "brutal and honest", whose eyes are soft as marshmallows when he looks at his daughter. His comic timing and body language is jaw dropping. you would search for those old parents or grandparents of yours in Bhaskor Babu.
Irrfan Khan [ Rana Chaudhary] : 'the Thakur from UP', a non-BengaliChaudhary ;), amazing expressions, calls a 'commode chair -as " Singhaasan" :), superb, a perfect foil to an eccentric Bhaskor and moody Piku.
Moushumi Chatterji [ Chobi ], Akshay Oberoi, Budhan, Raghuvir Yadav & Jisshu Sengupta [Syed Afroze] play their parts well - like a perfectly fitting jig-saw puzzle..

Pros : strong technical crew, candid shots of the journey, good camera work. good editing,crisp and clean storytelling., beautiful and flawless direction, a work of passion and precision. A consistent sweater over a long kurta for Bhaskor and an indo-western urban wear for Piku, keeps the clothing in-line with the film, Commedy punches in every dailouge cinematography is exceptionally good. Varanasi’s ghats, Kolkata’s Howrah Bridge.,Roads & traffic, trams, distinct yellow taxis and old house (Champa Kunj;) and girls in white salwar suit - red dupatta around the waist going for dance practise in the morning... Each & every moment brilliantly captured.

Cons : Piku may not be appealing to the youth. Perhaps the oldies will heartily enjoy the comedy. Amitabh’s delivery of his constipated Bengali bhadralok & his accent occasionally slipping. The family of Irrfan is notgiven much footage.

Heart touching scenes:
1.Piku pays her respect to “Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa “ and Sarada Devi whenever she leaves her house.
2.Amitabh’s message to Piku (an integral part of all the Piku trailers).
3.Amitabh introducing Piku to “NRI” artists from San Francisco.
4.Amitabh’s drunken dance(really endearing) late at night.
5.Piku & Amitabh’s Bengali song(road trip to Kolkata)... or the entire road trip.
6.Amitabh’s cycle ride in Kolkata & kachori/jalebi to cajole angry Piku? [ will touch the deepest nerve in your heart).
7.Amitabh reprimanding maid for stealing “Phenol”... lol!
8.You can't judge your parents (Piku to Irrfan)
9.Agar roots hi nikaal do, to kya bachega?(Irrfan to Piku)
10. The Varanasi episode
11. The Kolkata Darshan sequence

Verdict : this movie reminded me of my dadaji, homage to my Dada ji !!
The film is packed with humour, poignancy and occasional dashes of bathos, which ensure that all the shit-talk does not stink. Piku is khoob bhalo jhaalmuri. Go eat. Digestion guaranteed. Piku's motions and emotions must be enjoyed.

PIKU Official Trailer | Amitabh Bachchan- Deepika Padukone- Irrfan Khan