As my trip to India drew closer I got more into watching Indian films and around a week before we set off I sat down with my mum to watch ‘Piku’ one of the Bollywood films on offer on Netflix. I’d had it added to my list for a while but hadn’t got round to it until then. My mum also enjoys similar films to me and I’d been waiting to watch it with her.
‘Piku’ is a 2015 comedy-drama starring Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, The Lunchbox – which I reviewed here).
Irrfan, Amitabh and Deepika
The film is in Hindi and is subtitled but the interesting thing about it is how much bits of English the actors use in their speech, similar to real life. The film involves a family, mainly a difficult father and a moody but devoted daughter and their relationship and an outsider taxi firm owner who ends up having to drive them from New Delhi to Calcutta as none of his drivers are willing to.
There isn’t much ‘action’ in this film but rather lots of interaction between interesting developed characters. One of the main themes of the film is the father’s chronic constipation and his attempts to have a ‘motion’. Although
you might not think this subject is deserving of a movie we found it hilarious. Sometimes it’s the hilarity of everyday life that can make the best comedy.
The film also touches on the subject of marriage, and ‘relations’ outside of marriage in India. The daughter, Piku, in the film is a very liberal independent women who owns her own business, which is refreshing to see in an Indian film. Despite all this though she still feels compelled to look after her father as her duty, and the film mainly looks at this.
If you enjoy independent style comedy, are interested in the family dynamics present in modern India and don’t mind subtitles (we had to watch it in 2 instalments as my mum has a habit of falling asleep during films, something you can’t really do with a subtitled film) you should definitely give this film a try.
Piku is currently on Netflix as one of the highest rated Bollywood films.