Piku: A Journey Through Life

Volume 13, Issue 1 | Published 21/07/2016  

By Asma Sayed

Dr Asma Sayed is a lecturer at Grant MacEwan University, Canada. She researches and writes about South Asian literature and cinema.

Shoojit Sircar’s Piku (2015) is a humorous film about human relationships and life’s day-to-day, non-glamourous, and mundane matters. The film focuses on a Bengali father-daughter duo living in Delhi. Piku (Deepika Padukone), the titular character, is a 30-year old hot-tempered single woman living with her father, Bhaskor (Amitabh Bachchan), a 70-year old man dependent on his daughter for his daily chores. Bhaskor suffers from constipation and obsesses about his bowel movements all the time. At times, he even phones Piku at her office to talk about his ‘shit’ in all its forms: the consistency, the color, the frequency, the size – no discussion is taboo. Throughout the film, Piku and Bhaskor mostly bicker, yell, scream, and occasionally laugh.