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The story and screenplay was written by Juhi Chaturvedi. Principal photography began in August 2014 and was wrapped up in December. Anupam Roy composed the soundtrack and score, and wrote the lyrics. plot Piku was released on 8 May 2015.[3] It garnered wide critical acclaim upon release. Critics praised the screenplay, performances, humour and overall simplicity.[4] It also emerged as a commercial success worldwide. Made on a budget of ₹420 million (US$6.2 million), Piku earned ₹1.41 billion (US$21 million) worldwide.[2] On January 11, 2016, the film was nominated for Best Film in the 61st Filmfare Awards, as well as other categories. Amitabh Bachchan received his fourth National Film Award for Best Actor at the 63rd National Film Awards and his third Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance while Padukone won her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Plot Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone) is a Bengali architect residing in Delhi, with her 70-year-old father, Bhashkor (Amitabh Bachchan). Bhashkor has problems with chronic constipation and traces every problem to his bowel movements. His habits often lead to quarrels with the servants and irritates Chhobi Mashi (Moushumi Chatterjee), who often visits them. Piku loves her father and, as her mother has died, takes good care of him but gets extremely irritated with him at times because of his eccentricities. Her colleague, Syed Afroz (Jisshu Sengupta) is a good friend, and she is a regular client of Syed's friend, Rana Chaudhary's (Irrfan Khan) taxi business. Rana has his own family problems with his mother and sister.

Piku wants to sell their ancestral home in Kolkata, Champakunj, but Bhashkor objects vehemently and decides to go to Kolkata. Piku has to accompany him, since she cannot let him travel alone. Bhashkor brings up his constipation problem and decides to travel by road. Due to Piku being very problematic with other drivers of Rana, they back away before Piku's trip. Piku, disappointed with the agency tries to book a flight, but soon, Rana arrives at their home to take the family to Kolkata himself, without informing his family about the trip.

On the way, the group encounters many incidents, including Rana on the verge of losing patience due to Bhashkor's fussy behaviour and constipation. They finally reach Kolkata, where Piku's relatives live in the old house and Bhashkor asks Rana to stay for some time. Piku and Rana go out in the city and gradually grow close. Rana also subtly hints not to sell the house during a discussion.

Rana leaves Kolkata the next day and asks Bhashkor to stop his eccentricities which he eventually listens to. Piku changes her mind and decides not to sell the house. Meanwhile, Bhashkor's sudden desire to bicycle increases as he cycles through a part of the city alone, leaving everyone tense since he did not tell them about it. When Bhashkor returns, Piku berates him for eating street food and for being irresponsible, but he simply states that his constipation is cleared and he needs to bicycle every day. He remembers Rana who had told him to eat everything and not be choosy and picky about food. Piku is secretly happy but does not emote much.

The next day, everyone discovers that Bhashkor has died in his sleep, probably from sleep apnea or cardiac arrhythmia. Piku states that he always wanted a peaceful death. She returns to Delhi, where she arranges his funeral. There, Dr. Srivastava (Raghubir Yadav), Bhashkor’s doctor, reveals to her that Syed, too, has constipation and Bhashkor knew about it for a long time. A few days later, she pays up whatever due she owes Rana. She renames the Delhi house "Bhaskor Villa" in her father’s memory and the maid, who had left due to Bhashkor’s tantrums, returns to work.

A warm, charming and bittersweet family drama, Piku turns the genre completely on its head. The result is a magnificently original film that delivers a memorably unique movie experience.

 

Cast

Amitabh Bachchan as Bhashkor
Banerje Deepika Padukone as Piku
Irrfan Khan as Rana Chaudhary
Jisshu Sengupta as Syed Afroz
Moushumi Chatterjee as Chhobi Mashi
Balendra Singh as Budhan
Swaroopa Ghosh as Moni kaaki
Raghuvir Yadav as Dr. Srivastava
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury as Nabendu
Akshay Oberoi as Aniket
Rupsa Banerjee as Eisha

Filming

Principal photography for Piku began in August 2014, when the film's first schedule took off in Kolkata. The first schedule for Piku was also filmed in Delhi and Mumbai and included indoor scenes. The second schedule of filming started on 30 October 2014 in Kolkata, mostly in the north. Specifically, shooting took place at the Howrah Bridge in the city's Shyambazar neighbourhood and at Bishop Lefroy Road. During the shooting at Howrah Bridge, Bachchan bicycled around the city dressed as his character. The Kolkata schedule was completed on 18 November 2014 and shooting now shifted to Delhi and Patdi Near Surendranagar in Gujarat. The "Journey Song" was shot in Gujarat in December 2014 on the state highway connecting Ahmedabad to Bhuj. Shooting in Delhi took place at Gurgaon cyber hub and city club where Padukone and Khan were seen filming. The film was wrapped up after its last schedule shot in Varanasi. Padukone and Khan shot on the ghats of Banaras under chilly conditions and attracted a crowd. The film was inspired by the 2013 film Dorfman In Love. The story has similarity that's hard to deny. Even the small-talk that centres on 'shit-talk' seems to be similar to both the stories. In the movie, Piku's character is stronger and she can take her own decision, as against the character of Sara Rue, who is always in self-doubt.


Soundtrack

Anupam Roy composed the soundtrack and wrote the lyrics. The first song, "Journey Song", was released on 1 April 2015. The official music album was released online on April 21, 2015.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Bezubaan"   Anupam Roy 05:37
2. "Journey Song"   Anupam Roy, Shreya Ghoshal 04:12
3. "Lamhe Guzar Gaye"   Anupam Roy 04:16
4. "Piku"   Sunidhi Chauhan 03:26
5. "Teri Meri Baatein"   Anupam Roy 05:39
6. "Piku Remix (DJ AKS)[32]"   Sunidhi Chauhan 02:00
Total length:
24:30

 

 

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