Piku – both the movie and its titular character Piku (Deepika Padukone) - is definitely a rare occurrence.
Piku is a strong, independent woman - she cooks and cleans, runs errands and is a practising architect who is radiant in each frame. But what makes her truly incredible is her normalcy - she too faces uncertainty, dilemmas, and is thrusted with work and family pressure.
The story revolves around her highly dysfunctional family, with a screenplay that manages to keep you engrossed in spite of its nonchalance. Piku’s father, Mr.Bashkor Bannerjee (Amitabh Bachchan), is a peculiar man who professes his ideas and thoughts without any sign of restraint - even when most of them concern constipation. Yes, when the title of the movie rolls out with the tag line, ‘Motion se hi emotion’, you may begin to wonder, but you soon understand that what they mean is quite literally it.
Amitabh Bachchan’s performance is undoubtedly amazing. He plays a Grade-A hypochondriac obsessed with his bowel movements, but still makes you understand why he is the legendary icon of Indian cinema. His daughter is as difficult as he is, and they share an inseparable bond. However, instead of a sappy representation of the love between the father-daughter duo, this movie takes an off-beat approach. This not only makes the movie interesting, but also relatable, as the day-to-day activities portrayed in their house are appreciated by the audience.
I enjoyed this movie through and through. It's meaningful, and will leave you smiling at the end of the day. It’s the kind of movie you could possibly even re-run another day.