Piku: review from the lens of an outsider

What is Piku about?

Amitabh Bachchan in Piku
Amitabh Bachchan in Piku

Piku is a 2015 Bollywood movie directed by Shoojit Sircar. Starring the legendary Amitabh Bachan, this movie breaks all barriers and shows an amazing relationship between a father and daughter. With the gorgeous Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan as supporting stars, Piku is a perfect example of how effective acting creates blockbuster movies. The movie is a straight-up model which all Bollywood movies should aim for. Piku beautifully showcases the tenderness and frustration of an elderly dad. Amitabh Bachan perfectly executes his role as Bhaskor. The plot often revolves around his obsession with his health.

The movie is about a father who introduces his daughter to the suitors as a financially, emotionally, and sexually independent non-virgin woman. This movie undoubtedly represents how a typical Indian family looks and has no over-the-top relationships or scenes. The simplicity and reality of this movie is the most heart-touching aspect and it has done a wonderful job in winning the hearts of the audience.

Entertainment through bowel movements in Piku

Screenshot from movie
A scene from Piku

Bhaskor suffers from severe constipation. His frequent visits to the bathroom are a fun factor for all the audience. Bhaskor is quite irritable and often describes his bowel movements in detail. This becomes a source of laughter for the audience but his daughter Piku is frustrated with her father. She is an unmarried architect who would not leave her father alone with his pills and medicines. But this has led to her frustration as she considers her father to be a burden. On the other hand, her father is ignorant of his daughter’s problems.

Enter Irrfan as the local taxi driver who takes this father and his daughter from Delhi to Kolkata. This trip is eye-opening for Rana, the taxi driver as well since he himself was from a dysfunctional family. Bhaskor only loves to discuss his bowels. He involves everyone including the taxi driver who gives him tips to digest food and to properly perch the pot. This non-screen-friendly topic is a laughing stock and Bhaskor is a typical stereotype whom all of us have met at least once in our lives.

 Straight up, Piku is delightful, a cinematic rasgulla, dipped in the sweet, dark rum of life. 

E Times(Times Of India)

All about the cast

Cast of Piku
Poster of Piku
Poster of Piku

The “Badshaah” of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachan, has spawned blockbusters for quite a long time. But Piku captures another aspect of his acting and it can be labeled as one of his top performances. He is not a hero but not a villain as well. He is just an ignorant single parent who is scared about his health and this fear overtakes him after some point. His daughter has a screwed-up personal life but he is blissfully unaware of that.

Juhi Chaturvedi has done an amazing screenplay, which is warm and sweet. Everyone who lives with their aging parents will relate to Deepika’s character. Her amazing performance has mesmerized everyone on the silver screen. It is quite irritating to deal with the tantrums of aging parents. But at the end of the day, even the slightest deterioration in their health affects one a lot. Deepika has beautifully portrayed the role of a simple daughter, who may not be perfect but loves her dad quite a lot.

Irrfan Khan beautiful portrays Rana, who is the taxi owner. He is the one who is reeling under the onslaughts of Piku’s arrogance.  While several of his drivers have left because of her attitude, many have caused accidents when faced with her wrath. The situation puts Rana in the middle of Piku’s family drama. Although attracted to Piku, he also sees her arrogant side. He respectfully maintains distance but his conversation has a romantic tone. Irrfan Khan has nailed his role as Rana and has gained immense admiration for his performance.


Screenshot from Piku
Screenshot from Piku

Straight up, Piku is a really delightful movie. It is a stunning representation of the most basic bond of life and looks shyly at love. It smiles tenderly at Bengali flavors, at fish fry and digestion pills, but also at universal stories, of irritating relatives and domestics who look after us until we die.

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