PIKU – More than just ‘motion’

Indian mainstream cinema is replete with movies cantered around parent – child relationships. As complex as they can get, the interpretations have, thus far, limited to exploring the byplay of role & relationship of parents and children. In Piku, we have, perhaps the first take on a key ingredient of this relationship – selfishness.

It might come as a huge surprise to those who firmly believe in infallibility of parents. How can they ever be “selfish” ? Piku suggests that they can be and perhaps for right reasons.

Piku is wonderfully scripted and all the lead actors – Amitabh, Deepika and Irrfan – play their part to perfection. It seems to have a simple plot, a cranky and constipated father trying to ensure that he remains the focus of his daughter’s attention, to the point of scuttling her every chance of a relationship.

The cranky father and his obsession with his bowel movements provide the comic relief but it is not until Irrfan joins them on a road trip, does Piku gets elevated as a movie.

The viewer who initially thinks of Piku as being unable to understand her father’s real intentions, finally realizes it is not her naivety after all.  Sitting on the banks of Benares, Piku makes a profound statement : “After a point of time, your parents are not alive, they have to be kept alive” !

Bingo !

It is this complex vortex of “duty vs. self-interest” that many of us can get into. There’s nothing in the movie to suggest that Piku has a ‘financial challenge’ but in real life, it may be so.

How “right” is it for parents to “demand” that their children take care of them, just as they took care in their growing years. And so the damning question : Is relationship finally a ‘quid-pro-quo’ ?

We may be loathe to admit so, especially as we are, a land of ‘Shravan Kumars’.  There are no easy answers though.

It would be naivety to assume that a ‘Piku’ is going to bring a drastic change in the relationship between parents and children, however, it should inspire the current generation to at least have a clear thinking about their ‘winter of life’.

If Indian families start becoming a little more open and if the parents of today can start planning their post-retirement life, especially financial security, it may really be the beginning of a matured approach to dealing with relationships.

Piku isn’t, contrary to what it claims, just about motion, it is more about resetting the laws of relationships.

Well done Shoojit Sircar.

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