A story about an annoying yet endearing father and his sassy yet impressive daughter. The father-daughter relationship between Bhaskor and Piku form the core of the story. But strangely and quite humorously it is constipation that is the hero as well as the villain of the story.
Bhaskor Banerjee is a witty man with an insufferable case of chronic constipation. He is a man who lives on his own terms. And he expects everyone around to do so too. He is a strange man who believes that the women who get married have a “low IQ” and he puts his dead wife in that category too. Women need to be independent and to this end, he doesn’t want his daughter to get married. He has sudden whims and he always makes sure that they are taken care of.
Piku is a strong independent character who faces life head on. She is a person who has devoted her life to her work and taking care of her father. She is sassy and arrogant at times. She is sweet and endearing. She has arguments with her father, gets tired of facing his whims but she is a rarity. Not many people, if left in her shoes, would be ready to take care of their father with so much of dedication and love. She even agrees to her father’s whims to take him to Kolkata from Delhi via road.
Enter Rana Chowdhury. He is a “Chowdury” but not a Bengali as it has been pointed so many times so by Bhaskor diligently. He will impress you with his patience and his calm and straight mind. Through the lengthy journey, he acts as a buffer between the father-daughter duo pointing out that Bhaskor is a selfish man at times who doesn’t quite appreciate all the trouble that Piku goes to, at length, only for him. He is a man of sound intelligence who is a wonderful addition to the set of characters.
The film has its humour. It is not rib-tickling but it is genuine. The story is simple. And in my opinion, it is the simplicity of the story that takes the piece of cake. It is simple and sweet with no twists and turns. It is conclusive in its own way. Amitabh Bachchan as Bhaskor is simply adorable. Deepika Padukone as Piku is enthrallingly perfect for the character. Irrfan Khan as Rana is quite frankly, a one hundred percent best choice. The acting is natural – not only the three main characters. The supporting cast has done an amazing job as well.
Shoojit Sircar’s direction is brilliant. He deserves laurels for coming up with such an unconventional idea. He has not side tracked the story for even a minute and has managed to come up with an incredible story in which the “bengaliness” has been retained.
Anupam Roy as the music director has managed to do an incredible job. The soft background music compliments the movie at each and every turn. The songs are soothing and melodious with really beautiful and meaningful lyrics. “Journey Song” sung by Anupam Roy and Shreya Goshal is a perfect melody in which the “bengaliness” is at its highest. The title song sung by Sunidhi Chauhan is a quirky blend which is successfully in encapsulating the character of Piku. But, in my opinion, it is the song “Bezubaan” sung by Anupam Roy which is the best out of all. The other songs “Lamhe Guzar Gaye” and “Teri Meri Baatein” (both sung by Anupam Roy – I know AGAIN him but, quite frankly, who is complaining?!) have to be mentioned too simply because they are captivating. The album is a perfect debut for the uber popular Bengali music director/ singer/ lyricist and this one is definitely going to open many doors for him in Bollywood. He has managed to retain the “bangaliyaana” throughout.
The movie is a must watch for everyone as it showcases where we go wrong in treating our elders. It is a commendable movie which deserves to be applauded by all. It should definitely be on the “must watch list”. It will make you laugh and cry and is going to make sure that it resides in your brain for a long time to come. Everything about the movie is natural and simple and Mr. Sircar – take a bow! There is only one complaint that I have though. The songs have been made so diligently and perfectly but they have not been given enough screen time. Not even one song has been played completely other than “Lamhe Guzar Gaye” (that too during credits). Other than this, it is an incredible movie with a quirky life of its own.
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