Piku

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What a lovely film Piku is. A quietly confident take on parenting one’s parents, the world inhabited by Piku and her father felt both familiar and fresh at once. Throw a road trip into the mix with a stellar cast and it is not hard to see why this film is so likeable. I also liked the progressive nature of the film – Bhaskor is adamant his daughter does not compromise herself for the sake of marriage and has no problems with her having physical relationships before marriage (which is how it should be, prudes of the world).

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I also liked how Piku navigates awkward questions with a remarkable ease – the film recognizes that Piku sacrifices a great deal for her father and rather unfairly at that; is Bhaskor really just a selfish man for not allowing his daughter to live her life or as he says, he was there for Piku as a child and now needs the same nurturing from her? There are no easy answers and though I guessed what would happen in the end, pleasingly, the film ends on an open note and refuses to preach any solution which again, endears one even more towards the film.

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I loved Bachchan, Padukone and Khan – even the trio sitting in a jeep for a lot of the film is entertaining to watch and the three actors share a fantastic chemistry which is backed up by a solid script. I love how Padukone gets better and better with each film – this is a strong performance. Bachchan brings Bhaskor to life – we can’t help but indulge his thinking, even though in real life we all know someone like that! Similarly, Khan has the author backed role and respects Rana’s objectivity and desire to challenge the status quo, even though we see he has his own struggles to deal with.

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Piku is a must watch and it is heartening to know the film has been received well commercially upon release. Furthermore, I can’t wait to see it again as I am sure there are many nuances and lines that deserve a second appraisal. What really made me happy was Piku is written by the talented Juhi Chaturvedi (who also wrote Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe) and is another intelligent and entertaining film from the writer, that shows why we need more women writers and filmmakers in Hindi cinema. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, go see this – recommended.

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