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Piku (2015)

Piku review.

written by Abhikendu Deb Roy

Ratings: 4.5/5.

Shit happens, probably the reason Piku was ever filmed. There are certain films where one aspect of the script gets more importance than the characters present in the film. Shoojit Sircar, who always comes up with out-of-the-box ideas for his films, gives life to ‘Constipation’ in his new film ‘Piku’. Not only does the film explore more on bowel movement, it also sheds light on the beaut father-daughter relationship.

Piku-poster1To be honest, Piku doesn’t really have a story. It is simply an assemblage of the daily fights we have with our parents, the skip-a-beat moments when we receive romantic vibes from another person or maybe the arguments families have regarding property sale. It is these nuances which make the film highly relatable. You will, however, never feel the absence of a story, because the premise keeps you engaged all throughout the road journey from Delhi to Kolkata. Screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi collaborates such moments and stitches a well knit script out of it.

‘Bhaskor Banerjee, Bangalee’ – the prudent selfish constipated 70 year old widower effortlessly emanates ‘Hypochondriasis’ or illness anxiety disorder from every organ of his body. Amitabh Bachchan delights us time and again, sometimes irritating us with his stubborn attitude and at times being the sweetest white-haired child ever. Deepika Padukone has proves herself again as ‘Piku’, her eyes emoting tiredness alongside care and affection for her dad. Piku is the sole person ‘Bhaskor Babu’ can depend on. Irrfan Khan is one of the gifts to Bollywood which shall be cherished for life. Jishu Sengupta and Moushumi Chatterjee get into the skin of their characters with ease, as well.

Cinematographer Kamaljeet Negi frames the locales of Delhi, the bylanes of Kolkata and the Ganga ghats of Banaras with utmost passion which is exhibited on screen. The scenic beauty of the Delhi-Kolkata Expressway does snatch your attention at times from the cute little fights between the father and the daughter. Editor Chandrashekhar Prajapati makes the film as crisp and tight as possible, limiting the duration to around 2 hours 5 minutes.

Piku-posterThe greatest gift of the film, after the cast, is its music. Anupam Roy’s first Bollywood work leaves us mesmerized. Each and every track comes up right at the correct situation, at the correct time. The Journey Song is the jewel of all the songs, the only complaint being that the full song is never played in the film. The background music, again by Roy, is apt for the film and sets the mood of the scenes quite justifiably.

Final Verdict: The ‘Bangalee’ biasness shall always remain. A certain ‘Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoye’ sung by Bachchan, the father-daughter duo dancing their hearts out to ‘Jibone Ki Pabona’, the ‘Angry Not-So-Young Man’ mouthing cuss words like ‘Shuorer Bachcha’, there’s too much bangalianaa screaming out from the pages of the scripts. This light-hearted family entertainer, which also allows us to learn to take responsibilities of your parents after a certain age, is the perfect mood fixer for the weekend. Go and watch the film, you shall walk out of the theatres mesmerized and ‘Bezubaan’.

Chotushkone (2014)

Written by Abhikendu Deb Roy

Ratings: 4/5.

Cinema and Death – these two issues connect and bind together every reel of Srijit Mukherji’s sixth outing Chotushkone.

Playing with the film tones in Jaatiswar, adding elements of a thriller in 22shey Srabon or introducing a number of sub plots in Hemlock Society – Srijit seems to have culminated all his learnings from his past outings in his recent release and he undoubtedly looks improved.

When the masters of cinema – Aparna Sen, Goutam Ghose, Chiranjit Chakraborty and Parambrata Chatterjee – form the four angles of the mystique thriller, you know that nothing go wrong in the acting department. Parambrata, however, receives a special mention for his outstanding act in the climax.

Apart from these four, an ensemble cast of Paayel Sarkar, Indrasish Roy, Rahul Banerjee among many others play their part sincerely and honestly. But that one cameo that stands out from the rest is of Kaushik Ganguly’s. His acting is undoubtedly going to leave you spellbound during his 3 minutes appearance.

Srijit has taken a few real life elements from the four leads of the film – two of them being Aparna Sen’s “Trina Di” and Parambrata’s “Hawa Bodol Katakuti” reference. The dialogues, penned by Srijit himself, are a reflection of his intelligence (as always) and keep us engaged throughout.

Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee, a favourite at the YRF studios who has Dhoom 3 and Chak De India to his name, works wonders for the film. Shot in 5 different tones, the film distinctly allows you to enjoy the visual orgasm.

With indoor sequences predominant in the film, the set design has been looked upon intricately. A self potrait wall-hanging is a common factor present in all the four directors’ residents.

Editor Rabiranjan Moitra could have been better with the scissors as the film, with a 2 hours 21 minutes running time, seems a bit stretched. Also one or two subplots look redundant.

The music composed by Srijit’s favourite, Anupam Roy complements the film pretty well. Lagnajita’s “Bawshonto Eshe Gechhe” fits perfectly in the Paayel-Indrasish shoot sequence. Boba Tunnel is another favourite. The film, like 22shey Srabon, ends with a Rupankar Bagchi number.

Indradip Dasgupta’s background score sinks in as your heart races through every moment of the movie.

They say, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” Srijit proves it wrong with his fresh new preparation, ready to be served and enjoyed during the Pujas. Go, taste it as it will soothe your tasting buds.

Highway 2014 (Bengali Film)

Written by Abhikendu Deb Roy.

Ratings 2.5/5.

“Amra kara? Manush na Mukhosh?”

Highway is all about realising how precious your love is and indoctrinates in clinging on to your relationships.

At times being interesting while most of the times being a bore, this Highway is a bumpy ride with several potholes, hither and thither.

Directed by newcomer Sudipto Chattopadhyay, Highway starts off on a low note, with most of the actors looking pretty jaded, but garners a little interest and grabs a few eyeballs as the film progresses.

For the first 15 to 20 minutes, the viewers are left in a maze, having a faint idea of the destination in this long-stretch of road. The film could have been handled in a much more mature way, had it been handed over to a well-experienced filmmaker.

Parambrata Chatterjee and Koyel Mullick have been paired together for the second time. However, the Param-Koyel pairing was much more influential in Hemlock Society – the spark clearly missing out in this film.

Needless to say, Parambrata, being a gem of an actor, is to lookout for in this film.

Gaurav Chakraborty, who has an extended cameo, appears quite beguiling in his ‘Ranbir Rockstar Kapoor’ look. Singer-actor Silajit Majumdar has an amazing charm as a middle-aged widower poet, the character being highly opposite to his real life ebullient personality.

Dipankar Dey overdoes his role and doesn’t justify the character which the director had imagined originally. Sabitri Chattopadhay and Rita Chakraborty stick to the characters and do all the magic with their expressions.

Director Sudipto Chattopadhyay, who also has been credited for the screenplay, must have penned down the story for a short film. The roots of the plot are weak and could have been handled in a much better way.

What is ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ about Highway is the music. Anupam Roy does wonders with the soundtrack of the film – almost all the songs being highly audible and a pleasure to our ears.

The background music is also another aspect of the film you cannot ignore; it makes the long drive in the never-ending Highway a bit more interesting.

Highway, almost entirely shot in Darjeeling, captures the hilly frames of the Himalayas in a rather alluring manner. The viewers are enraptured by the sceneries portrayed all throughout the movie and credits must be given to R Dee for the cinematography.

The Kolkata leg of the film (which is hardly 2 minutes altogether) projects the usual Victoria Memorial, Maidan and Princep Ghat sequences. Rabi Ranjan Moitra, the editor, should have devoted some extra time for this film; though the film’s running time is a bit less than 2 hours but it actually seems to be a real long ride in the Highway.

Final Verdict: Lack of experience, weak storyline and unnecessary sub-plots spoil the flow of the film. A perfect casting and some good music save the film from drowning.

You might just want to give this Highway a miss. Instead, grab a DVD of the Hindi namesake (Alia Bhatt starrer) and warm up your couch.

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYqS6pIA6lo