Constipation is the humorous veil to showcase a very intriguing relationship between a daughter and a father and added to that is a soothing and moderate romance between two matured people. Shoojit Sircar has made a wonderful movie yet again picking up an unusual subject for his theme, to ponder on intrinsic relationships between people. And his cast has supported him outstandingly to come out with an amazing piece of cinema in the form of PIKU.
Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a young, independent and strong headed women working with her partner in Gurgaon. She takes care of her 70 year old father (Amitabh Bachhan) who is phobic with constipation and has mix emotions about his daughter. He does not want her to pass her life like her mother by just taking care of her husband and doing daily house-hold chores for him and his family. He wants her to lead her life as per her wish and her way. But, by thinking this way he has unintentionally imposed his choices to her and looks selfish at times. It is an intriguing relationship between the two and Shoojit has rightly shown that the emotions are also not permanent. He might be selfish at times, but he also thinks good for her.
To resolve some ancestral property dispute and give his daughter a much sought after break he proposed to go to Kolkata by Road. Since, Piku has been facing problems with her permanent Cab service vendor- Rana Chaudhary (Irfaan Khan), no cab driver is ready to drive her to Kolkata hence Rana takes up the job without knowing the imposing nature of Piku’s father and their argumentative relationship. They have fun as well as arguments throughout the way. But Piku falls for Rana on the way.
Rana teaches Piku’s father to live life without worrying too much about constipation. He likes his suggestions and adopts them. He finally finds peace in few of them and Piku finds a good friend and partner in him eventually.
Deepika Padukone has done a tremendous work yet again. She is very convincing as Piku. Her expressions are astonishingly out of the world. She chose expressions over dialogues at many places and she was brilliant. Irfaan was really good at being nice and calm. I would say it is a good job done by him here, may be to change over his image. But the bill would have been fitted better by some more charming actor. Amitabh has done a fantastic job. He was amazing in his Bengali accent and being an adamant father. All the other artists also did their part perfectly well.
Piku has come out so well not just because of the acting of such powerhouse actors but also the plot – the story - the screenplay has the most significant part to play. Juhi Chaturvedi has done an awesome work in writing this magnificent contemporary story using Bengali background and keeping Constipation as theme. The dialogues are hilarious. Cinematography is beautiful even though if one sees it minutely, can figure out that many of the stoppage scenes are shot at one place on the highway using different angles. Only Benaras is used for shoot, mostly for romantic angle of the film. Shoojit could have added some more flavour by shooting couple of scenes in Bihar with constipation as the subject. Music is soothing and costumes / makeup fits the theme.
Piku is a movie to must watch. It is hilarious and portrays very interesting parts of complicated relationships with an ease. Because of its simplicity, the movie stays with you even after theater.