Pick Piku because of Irfan Khan who can deliver a dialogue with his eyes, the only Khan in the business who can do so, pick Piku because Big B is as big as an Indian star will ever be, pick Piku because of Deepika, who not only looks good but surprisingly, holds her own against these talented men . But most of all pick Piku because it is an uncomplicated story of human strife.
The trials and travails of the three protagonists are neither big enough to overwhelm, nor too small to be totally ignored. And that is what life is about. Having the wisdom to separate the major problems from the minor inconveniences, and the ability to prioritise. Seems so simple, but what is trivial to one is the root of all ills to another. It is, after all a matter of perspective and perception. The director has shown great courage in making an entire movie around bowel movement but the real credit goes to the writer, for not reducing it to toilet humour. The absurdity, not the gross details, evoke laughter and sympathy. Not that the topic is new to us, even the father of our nation obsessed over this. In fact it was one of his favourite topics along with swaraj and swadeshi.
There is not a dull moment in this road movie with three opinionated and temperamental people stuck together within the confines of a car with a commode perched on top. Amitabh Bachchan excels. He plays the eccentric, pot bellied Bengali, obsessing over his potty with such perfection that it is difficult to imagine him as anyone else ( certainly not the self assured actor of Shamitabh or the suave chef of Cheeni kum!) The senior Bachchan is truly the Meryl Streep of Bollywood, people will continue to write films for him and he will continue to do justice to his roles.
Watch it. It is sweet, funny and warms the cockles of the heart. Told in a very ‘ non preachy’ way, the subtle message stays with you long after the movie is over. Refrain from judging others without knowing their circumstances!