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MOVIE INFO: PIKU

Piku is a family comedy drama directed by Shoojit Sircar & produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Saraswati Entertainment & Rising Sun Films. Yash Raj Films are the distributors. Story and screenplay is by Juhi Chaturvedi.

The movie revolves around the world of PIKU and her hypochondriac father. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan and Moushumi Chatterjee.


Release Date: May 8th 2015


Interesting linkups: Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi team have also given us Vicky Donor (2012) and Madras Cafe (2013). Vicky Donor had won the 2013 Filmfare Award for Best Story.


How did it fare upon release? As per Box Office India, Piku had the biggest opening weekend in 2015 internationally. 

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MOVIE REVIEW: 

WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THE MOVIE:

1. THE CAST:

It is no surprise that Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan have played their roles to perfection. As a father, Amitabh infuriates and exasperates by his attention-seeking ways. He makes you laugh and cringe at the same time by his outspokenness. He even imparts good wisdom by giving it to others as it is. But most importantly he makes you realize the needs of aging parents- regular motion and ample attention.

Deepika is the perfect daughter personified- she cares, she sacrifices, she worries, she scolds. Her

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wardrobe is very noticeable- comfortable, affordable, trendy and her slender frame carries it well.

Irrfan Khan has never looked better and always performed his best. If anyone had any doubts regarding their pairing, don't worry- their relationship, if it can be called that, is very subtle and very well handled.

The surprise here is Maushumi Chatterjee- not because her character is entertaining, real and totally captures your interest, not even because she is completely in tune with her character, but because you wonder why don't you see this pretty 62-year-old more often? Incidentally, Amitabh and Maushumi's pairing in Manzil was made famous by the now-classic rain song "Rimjihm Gire Sawaan" from the movie from 1979.

2. Sets & Locations

You know how much of a fan I am of the general scenes of India- the front lawn of the house, the congested streets of India, the aaya (maid) arguments, the aangan (central courtyard) of old havelis (mansions)- you find all of that and more in the film. 

Some of the locations flood you with nostalgia- the ghats of Banaras, the Howrah Bridge and the Bishop Lefroy Road of Kolkata, etc. If you hail from Kolkata, this movie is an absolute treat for you. 

3. Story-line

The life of individual characters in the story-line are based on a very 'today's world' scenario. The movie is progressive and constantly brings up the issue of women's needs and the importance of maintaining their individuality post-marriage. The movie does not shy away from adults confronting each other constantly rather than shoving the issues under the rug.


WHAT'S NOT THAT GREAT (AND YET REAL)

1. The pace

The pace of the movie takes a rather slow turn during the road trip to Kolkata. You might find your interest wavering.

2. The stress that you witness all round

Be it the stress of being the sole care-taker of an aging hypochondriac father, or the stress of being an aging hypochondriac father; be it the stress of being the sole bread-earner of the family, or the stress of being able yet dependent- it all shows on the screen. It might get pesky, the resulting bickering and yelling might get nettlesome at times, but then that's life for you. 

TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH?

WATCH IT FOR THREE REASONS-

1. The movie serves as a reminder to all children about their impending responsibilities with regards to their aging parents. It gently prods you to be patient, to be caring, to be understanding- when the time comes. On the other hand, hopefully, it gives the much needed lesson to our elders as well- when the time comes, don't be the all-consuming force in your children's life (if you can help it).

2. If you love non-commercial movies and admire producers and directors who dare to present something different, a fresh perspective, a realistic and modern approach to age-old issues- this one is for you.

3. Fans of Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan- it's a no-brainer, go watch it!


HOW DID THE MOVIE FARE?

Taran Adarsh, films critic and analyst, tweeted about its week 2 success-


taran adarsh
@taran_adarsh
 
#Piku [Week 2] Fri 3.10 cr, Sat 5.10 cr, Sun 6.40 cr, Mon 2.60 cr, Tue 2.20 cr. Grand total: ₹ 60.82 cr. India biz. SMASH HIT!


By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She lives in Texas, USA) 

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