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Piku: Lessons learnt from the film

Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan-starrer Piku, that released this week, has opened to rave reviews. The film is a slice-of-life story and makes for an interesting watch. But trust Shoojit Sircar to lace the film with enough 'feels' such that the audience derives much more than mere entertainment from it. Besides the enjoyable banter and the general sense of bonhomie, the film packs in a powerful message without being preachy even once. It is a film that manages to stay with you. Here's the lessons that we have learnt from the beautiful, poetic story of the mismatched...

Age is just a number

Amitabh Bachchan as Bhaskar Banerjee transforms from a hypochondriac to a man who wants to enjoy every bit of his life. Just like his off-screen persona, Amitabh's Bhaskar has a lot of lessons to offer. He is fiercely opinionated and judgmental but is also open to suggestions. This makes him extremely endearing. And when he cruises along on a cycle through the streets of Kolkata, he seems to be laughing at the concept of age and ageing. Definitely a lesson here!
Parents are forever

While they do tend to get a tad too intrusive at times, there is no denying that parents are forever. The film portrays this sentiment in a beautiful manner, through the story of father-daughter duo, Bhaskar and Piku. They disagree on almost everything and argue majorly over every decision but at the end of the day, they love and support each other. Deepika's Piku is the darling daughter who takes care of her seemingly indifferent dad. If nothing else, this film will surely make you reach for the phone to call your folks right away.

A family that eats together...stays together

Indian families are steeped in culture. It is mandatory for the entire clan to gather at the dining table and enjoy a meal together while sharing details about the day. While nuclear families and crazy work schedules has made this almost impossible, Piku and her dad make it a point to enjoy a meal together whenever possible. However, they don't seem to pay any heed to the rule that says one shouldn't talk while eating. Piku, her dad and even Irrfan's character, Rana, launch into major discussions over dinner. They don't even blink over the conversations that mostly revolve around Bhaskar's constipation.

Agree to disagree

Piku's biggest USP is its characters. They are well-defined, strong characters that have been sketched with precision to make them stand out. Considering that all the characters are opinionated, the resulting arguments and fights are justified. The film allows the characters to be themselves without forcing them to conform to the norms. The lesson learnt here is that everyone is entitled to an opinion and that if someone disagrees, it doesn't make them wrong, they just are different.

Source - timesofindia

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