Director: Shoojit Sircar
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Maushmi Chatterji, Jishu Sengupta
Writer: Juhi Chaturvedi
Music: Anupam Roy
Production Companies: MSM Motion Pictures, Saraswati Entertainment & Rising Sun Films
Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a Delhi based architect who manages her small business, runs her home and takes care of her 70-year old father Bhashkor Banerji (Amitabh Bachchan). A hypochondriac, Piku’s Baba must ensure that he has her attention 24×7 leaving her with little time to do anything else. Romance and getting a life of her own, just don’t seem possible! While both are deeply attached with one another, they are equally strong headed, stubborn and just won’t let go when dealing with each other’s idiosyncrasies and quirks! When Bhashokar emotionally blackmails Piku to take a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata , the owner of the local cab company Rana (Irrfan Khan) has no choice but to drive them personally since none of his drivers are willing to endure Piku or her eccentric father. During this undesired road trip they learn to deal with each other’s moods and idiosyncrasies and it reveals more than Bhashokar’s bathroom habits. What follows is a heady mix of motion, emotion & commotion which culminates as Piku and Bhaskhor return to their roots in Kolkata, giving us an insight into the father daughter relationship where Bhaskor’s irritating yet endearing demeanor and Piku’s equally headstrong nature may always be at loggerheads but this seemingly crazy relationship is bonded by an understated and an unconditional love that leaves you wanting more.
Piku has got a universal connect because every Indian family or for that matter every family is quirky and crazy in it’s own way. In this case, Baba and Piku make for one of the craziest families around. All I have done is take the camera and place it between them as they go about living their life replete with events and situations that are bizzare, crazy and yet very familiar to you and me. The idea was and is to tell the simplest stories in the most unusual and entertaining fashion that audiences can identify with. It is a slice of life cinema and people will identify with the characters. Piku is also special because I partnered again with my team of Vicky Donor, talented Juhi Chaturvedi and Ronnie Lahiri. The idea of the story came from Juhi and then we developed it. She has enriched the screenplay with her insights. We have created a world that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. At least that is our hope and endeavor!