Piku (2015)

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Indian Cinema is always an emotional Cinema. No other thing works well here as emotion does. There came an emotional drama in theatres named “Piku”. Deepika Padukone played the title role while the greatest Indian actor Amitab Bachchan essayed her father’s role. One more talented actor Irrfan Khan appeared in a prominent role. It was directed by “Shoojit Sircar” who won a lot of acclaims for his previous films Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe.

Plot :

It’s a sensitive emotional drama between an old obsessed father (Amitab Bachchan)  and his daughter Piku (Deepika Padukone). His “constipation” problem plays an important role besides Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan).

Screenplay :

As said above, this is a very sensitive plot. Director Shoojit Sircar handled the screenplay in a more sensitive way. He’s become successful in making the artists portray sensitive emotions.

Good things first. There are no useless characters in this movie. Every character has its own significance in entertaining the audiences. Among them, Bhaskor Benerjee (Amitab) is the most significant one. This constipation affected old father makes you laugh all the time but never gives a chance to show disrespect towards him. Though he doesn’t have his name in the title, he steals the show. He sounded even logical at times. This credit goes to two persons, one being the director and the other “Amitab Bachchan”. Next in the line stands Piku. Looking after the old father without getting married, bears his tantrums all the time yet a matured character which says it’s the responsibility of children to look after their parents. Deepika justified this character so well with an appreciable performance.

Piku and Bhaskor always argue with each other regarding even the smallest things but at the end they share a strong emotional bond. Conveying this point in a sensible manner is a tedious task yet Sircar was successful in doing so. The best example for this is the scene where Piku and Bhaskor hum a Bengali song together after an argument. It’s the most remarkable scene of the film.

At the end of first half, the director wanted the audience doubt whether their journey resumes but the intermission scene is not that effective for this kind of screenplay.

Even in the second half, screenplay is the same but runs at a lower pace when compared to that of first half. The director tried to balance the elevation of both father and daughter in this half. Newly introduced Bengali family of Piku tried to provide some entertainment but I didn’t like the way portraying a Bengali family in that way in the scene where there lies a water problem in the house.

Irrfan Khan provided sufficient entertainment being an innocent guy all the time.

Finally as expected, the film ends but with less dramatic emotions. Here Deepika Padukone’s performance was appreciable. This film has one more asset, a lesser runtime. The director displayed an END card where it should be, without prolonging any more.

Eminences :

1) Amitab Bachchan. No need to elaborate this. Just go and watch him on the screen.

2) Deepika Padukone’s Performance. She was able to portray some sensitive emotions very well. One example is the scene where she waves bye to Irrfan Khan with eyes.

3) Less Runtime. Though ran at a lower pace, movie’s runtime doesn’t try to test audience’s patience and ends sooner.

4) Situational Entertainment. It entertains you throughout the film.

5) Lower amount of Melodrama. This is found especially in the climax.

Lowlands :

1) Slower narration in the second half.

Inspiring Element from this Movie :

No need of a heavy plot. A movie can be made with a lighter plot and a simple screenplay.

– Yashwanth Aluru

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