Toilet humor is something that most of us have indulged in at some point in our lives but it takes a Shoojit Sircar to bring it on the silver screen without offending his audience. Let's just say that his strength lies in narrating the so-called 'tabooed' talks that the Indian Society is still ashamed to reveal in open. He did this with Ayushmann Khurrana starrer 'Vicky Donor', making sperm donation the talk of the nation, with much ease, and now he does it again discussing 'bowel movements' in a heart-warming and endearing tale 'Piku'.
Amitabh Bachchan plays an ageing widower Bhaskor Banerji who is obsessed with his constipated health and has no qualms in introducing his only daughter, an Architect Piku (Deepika Padukone) as financially and sexually independent. They take a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata and area accompanied by a cab service owner Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan) who tries to make his space in this story about a father-daughter relationship.
As far as the story goes, what impresses is its originality. Though simple, the narrative and extra-ordinary performances make 'Piku' an unforgettable cinematic experience. Sircar portrays the story of this strong independent woman, smoothly multi-tasking with her personal and professional life with much ease and that’s where he earns brownie points.
Amitabh Bachchan is adorable and takes on the Bengali character bang on, love the way he croons a Bengali number while on the road trip. Deepika Padukone is the essence of Piku and the actor once again proves that she is one of the best our industry has. Irrfan Khan is the master of his trade and delivers par expectations. These three are the strongest pillars of 'Piku' and fourth being Sircar himself who does not let his audience down.
From Maushami Chatterji to Raghubir Yadav and Jisshu Sengupta, all supporting actors are a perfect cast and add quite a bit to the narrative. Cinematography and screenplay are ace but the music by Anupam Roy is exceptionally good and soothing. What impresses about the film is that one can easily relate to it. Though eccentric, all of us know or have known someone like Piku, her cranky indulgent dad or her silent admirer Rana.
For the Masala flicks lovers, Piku is certainly not your cup of tea, but for the ones who love light and real cinema, do watch it this weekend.