Story and Direction (8/10):
Soojit Sircar, added one more feather to his cap with Piku. Living up to his reputation, earned through Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe, Soojit has depicted a father-daughter relationship of ups and lows in a very beautiful manner. While the first one had a social message in it and second one revolved around one of the greatest neighbourhood struggled of India, Piku doesn’t mean to preach anything or have any heavy subject in place. It just shares the story of three characters with different ambitions in life.
The character sketch of Piku, the central character of the movie, has been very detailed. Even without marriage or any kid, she has been putting up with an ultra-paranoid kid that happens to be her father. Her frustrations, arrogance and “try me” attitude is shown effortlessly with the other extreme of a loving, caring and emotional daughter who will address her father’s tantrums no matter where she is. You end up feeling for that lady, struggling to have a perfectly normal life. It is rare that Bollywood directors put in so much thought on any character.
Deepika Padukone has shown her mantle once again with Piku. With simplistic outlook, she has projected the character of Piku very well. In presence of a mega star like Amitabh Bachchan and a gifted actor like Irfan Khan, Deepika pulls off her act amazing well. Minimal make, no overacting and visible understanding of the central character might just fetch her nominations in the next awards season. Amitabh Bachchan is effortless as always, especially with the command over language he possesses. In terms of character he has played, if you end up feeling for Piku, at the end of the movie, it would be because of Amitabh’s brilliance to project that annoying father. What amazes me is that he is probably the busiest person in Bollywood even at the age of 72. Irfan Khan, is brilliant as he is always. For someone, who has the ability to steal the attention even with few minutes of screen time like he had in Haider, a full fledged role would just mean all over the place. And he does that beautifully. More than that, he is able to make his presence felt as the only non-Bengali in the all-Bengali movie.
Screenplay and Cinematography (8/10):
Kudos to the story and screenplay writer Juhi Chaturvedi for strong character sketches. Also, the movie never leaves the audience attention for even a second. The screenplay only complements the amazing effort of story writing. The dialogues are brilliant, coupled with perfect delivery timing. The cinematography is amazing with some of the camera angles just make the movie more artistic.
Overall, it is a must watch and a kind of movie that can go into your CD/DVD collection.