Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone) is a young woman in her late twenties who lives in Delhi with her 70 something father Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchaan) who suffers from constipation. While her day starts with her father whining about his unsatisfactory motions, Piku who is an architect and co-owner at a firm removes her daily frustration on the service that drives her home.
Scaring the drivers with her difficultly stubborn attitude, the owner of Himachal cab service, Rana Chaudhary is in a fix as his drivers refuse to travel with her who is their regular customer. Piku’s partner in business and also a person that she is involved in a casual physical relation with (Jisshu Sengupta) is the only other man other than her dad whom she connects with.
Coming from an extremely progressive background, Piku’s father is not only aware of her physical relation but also wants her to remain unmarried until she has the right aim to and does not want her to give away her professional success and aspirations for some man she marries. This is reflective of his own marriage since after he marries Piku’s mom, she leaves her job to take up household responsibilities, something that Bhaskor does not want Piku to repeat in her life.
While Piku’s father is aging and is going through the paranoia of constipation and death, he wishes to visit his Kolkata home that Piku is planning to sell. Annoyed after going through series of arguments daily over her father’s health which is medically stable yet a illusion for him, Piku decides to take him to Kolkata.
Well, since he cannot travel in either trains or airplanes due to his self-proclaimed health conditions, Piku is forced to book a cab from Rana’s service. What lies ahead a 40 hour long journey, an unimaginable road trip.
During this will Piku realize how similar she is to her father and also is there a possibility for her and Rana to have a romantic angle? Watch it!
Since the film comes from the stable of the ‘thinking man’s director’ Shoojit Sircar and the ‘thinking man’s writer’ Juhi Chaturvedi (best known for VICKY DONOR), the film holds immense promise/ potential as the whole. One has to applaud the way in which Shoojit has handled the sweet and simple tale of PIKU. This film will definitely go down as one of the films in his repertoire that demands a superlative applause. After VICKY DONOR, MADRAS CAFE and now with PIKU, Shoojit proves his supremacy as a storyteller. Even though the film is good in overall perspective, the climax is sudden and does seem to be left incomplete.
On the whole, PIKU is a must watch this season as it brings back the memories of the legendary directors Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and likes. This is a film that shall grow with word of mouth.
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