Piku – a wonderful experience

I saw Piku the movie today.

The storytelling by the Director and the cinematography are outstanding.

This is a story of a rather unusual alliance – a father who does not want his daughter to get married, as he is solely dependent on her, and a very firm, independent daughter, who remains loyal to his father all the time despite her rather different views on life.

There is not much drama or romance in this simple movie, which has many moments of mirth which will make the viewer laugh out loud. Yes, I really laughed so many times in this movie (the movie had sub-titles in English, so made my life easier).

The characters perform very well – especially Amitabh, Deepika and Irrfan. Even the doctor who treats the father does well, and car ride from New Delhi to Kolkata is hilarious with its own weighty moments of introspection by Amitabh (who acts as the father). My vote for the best performance in this movie goes to Irrfan, who acts as the taxi service owner and is exposed to the complicate balance of life between the dad and the daughter. He is drawn into their family discussion, offers his own views and is thrown out for trying to get into their feud.

This is one of the best movies to come out of Bollywood in a long time. It is simple, enjoyable and well acted by the lead actors. There are no unrealistic song and dance sequences, and running around the trees, or violence. Anybody can relate to the story easily. While the end is very much expected, the way it plays out on screen is graceful without serious drama, showing that reality does have an impact – people behave normally after all. Why induct the unusual, non human-like elements into movies like what happens in 95% of the movies ?

Watch Piku, you will like it !


Vijay Srinivasan

16th May 2015


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