All about motions, emotions

Piku
Hindi (U/A) ¬¬¬
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone,
Irrfan Khan
Director: Shoojit Sircar

This is one movie where the entire household discusses bowel movements at the dinner table and no one cares a shit!

The consistency, the quantity, the colour... Amitabh Bachchan dissects his favourite topic in such graphic detail that daughter Deepika Padukone suggests he carry a “shade card” to the loo.

And yes, it’s all in good (potty) humour. The constipated Bhaskor (Bachchan,
as the typical Bengali in the typical Bengali madhouse) makes for an endearing watch as he takes us down through his alimentary canal. And by the time he reaches for the final flush, the toilet tale will have struck an emotional chord with its umpteen motions.

Bachchan plays a selfish 70-year-old who wants his “financially and sexually independent” daughter by his side all the time. “Meet my daughter Piku. She’s not a virgin,” he dissuades all prospective grooms.

Deepika thinks he is senile. Her aunt (Moushumi Chatterjee, mouthing some more gems on digestion and discharge) thinks he has reached male menopause. Bachchan, however, continues with his poo woes and pills, carrying a custom-made commode wherever he goes.
Irrfan Khan joins them on one such trip to Kolkata. Owner of a car rental company, Irrfan is also drawn into the favourite topic of the Bengali family.

What takes the cake is Irrfan’s diagram which describes how Indian-style toilets are a boon to the constipated. Too much of secretions? Never mind, there are some amazing performances to look beyond the dump.

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