Movie Review: ‘Piku’ by Neha Ravindran


Movie: Piku– Motion se Emotion

Director: Shoojit Sircar

Cast: Amitabh BacchanDeepika PadukoneIrrfan Khan

Genre: Comedy

You wake up one morning, fresh and excited to begin your day. You clear your nose, brush your teeth and finally sit on the pot to do your business. Only, it’s not happening. Yup, not happening! What follows is a frustrating day with a bloated stomach, occasional burps that sounds like buffalo bellowing and for worst cases, some stinky farts too. This, my dear readers, is the central theme of the movie Piku-Motion se Emotion. Shoojit Sircar, one of the brilliant directors the country has seen, has woven a simple script by Juhi Chaturvedi into two hours of wholesome entertainment. There is no unexpected drama, no running in the snow in half-clad sarees; this is story of a father and a daughter, striven with arguments, conflicts and oodles of love. 

Piku (Deepika Padukone) is an architect in Delhi who lives with her hypochondriac father Bhaskar Bannerjee (AmitabhBacchan). Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan) runs a travel agency from where Piku’s company hires cabs. Piku is a brash, blunt, ‘I hate you and I will say it on your face’ kind of girl and her father is a restless, constipated, conveniently feminist man who doesn’t want his daughter to get married and leave him. But now he has to go to Kolkata to resolve a property matter but will travel neither by air nor by train. So, then the question is, how will he go?

Amitabh Bacchan proves once again that wine not only tastes better with time, it also gains a sophistication that can put any drink to shame. He cast himself in the shoes of BhaskarBannerjee with the ease and grace that can only come with years of rigorous training and a dedication to ones craft. DeepikaPadukone renders full support to Amitabh’s character and manages to claim space for Piku without being overshadowed by her brilliant co-actors. Irrfan Khan, one of my absolute favourites, blends into any goddamn role you make him portray. The trio share an amazing chemistry and their online presence compliments each other like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Every single supporting character, especially Moushami Chatterjeeplays an irreplaceable role in the script and its not just the lead actors but the entre team of actors who responsibly carry the burden of the movie on their shoulders. 

The cinematography of the movie is excellent; especially the scenes from Kolkata will transport you to the city and the subtlety of certain scenes will touch you to the core. The music by Anupam Roy is like tinkering bells in your ears, you don’t want it to stop, ever! This is one movie, where I feel compelled to say a nice word about everyone involved, from the spot boy to the distributor, that’s how happy this movie has made me. 

Two hours of Piku and you will come out with a stomachful of straight faced potty jokes and heart full of unknown constipation facts. See, its not just a movie, it’s much more than that, so much more (poker straight face!!). The loss of missing Piku will give you constipation for a really long time, so you better go watch it!

My verdict: ****

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