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Piku : My review

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irfan Khan

Director: Shoojit Sircar

Runtime: 122 Minutes

The trailer was good enough to know what was in store, or rather what was still in stomach and creating troubles. If I was at all looking for faults in the movie, I just could not have found any!! I was immersed into the saga of an old man and his “motion”. To my surprise, the humour is not at all crass, as one can imagine with such a subject( It is about shit, literally!!) The whole subject has been dealt so well. I loved watching the movie as well as writing this piku movie review.

Piku movie review


The story is about Piku (Deepika) and about how her relationship with her father just doesn’t let her live her own life. How his father’s constipation issues and old age are stuff which have made her cranky and someone people are afraid of. In a way, lot like her father.

Rana Chaudhry (Irfan Khan’s character), plays the role of a gulf-returned cab service company owner, battling his own family issues. Moushami Chatterjee and Jishu Sengupta  also have supporting roles.

The writer tries to draw a blurry similarity into two lives, Deepika and Irfan’s, and how both are a mirror for a generation for whom their parents have now become their children. Although much of the focus is on Piku’s father in the story.

But the real star of the movie is Bhaskor!! Played amazingly well by Amitabh Bachchan!! If you’ve been with your grandfather in their old age, he is bound to take you on a nostalgic dive deep into that. For me, his was the best written character in a long time. The detailed approach and the into-the-cranky-constipated-character which he plays, is simply the best you can see. It is a treat. Each frame, each scene and each dialogue.

Irfan Khan is a seasoned actor, and he is simply at his A-game like always. It also amazes me, how well Deepika keeps getting better with each movie!! I mean, she is polishing off edges with every movie. She was impressive in YJHD, Ramleela and then Finding Fanny, but this is on a different level.

deepika in piku

[Image courtesy: Littleredtote]

The songs are good, nothing spectacular. Loved the Road song though. The cinematography is another very interesting aspect of the movie, especially the way they have shot Kolkata. Best part is, it is not exaggeratedly highlighted. Everything is kept simple, while the focus just remains on telling the audience about Piku and her father.

It is the best Indian Cinema has offered in a long time. It is so good, that I’m already making plans to catch another show. Just go, watch enjoy. I’m sure, you won’t regret. Shoojit Sircar, Respect!! Have loved, Vicky donor as well as Madras Cafe. The way this guy deals with the subject, is class.

I’m giving a 5/5 (Ohh, Yes!!) for Shoojit Sircar’s Piku. Watch it for everything.


[Here’s another movie I gave a 5/5]

Finding Fanny: My Review

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Dimple Kapadia, Arjun Kapoor

Director: Homi Adjania

Running Time: 102 Minutes

Finding Fanny movie review

A rare occasion for Bollywood to indulge in an off-beat, mad and tragic comedy and that is what makes Finding Fanny special. It eases you into the story as if they have all the time in the world, to give it a perfect ending.

The story is about Finding Fanny. Fanny, who? The love of Fernando’s (Naseeruddin Shah) life, which leads to a road trip for all. For finding fanny and for answers for their own lives.


Performances are all gems. No points for guessing, Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor, steal the show. The ensemble of cast perfectly suits the story as well as the setting. While the first half eases you into the story, the second half shows the characters seamlessly exploring each other’s characters. So, while the first half shows an Old-child in Naseeruddin shah, the second half showcases his emphatic and sensible nature. While the crazy-perv-looking painter brings his own nuances.


Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia fit perfectly into their roles, but the film definitely belonged to the two veterans.

An important part of the story is how it has been shot. More than the fact that it has been shot in the not-so-thronged part of Goa, the cinematography is brilliant. Capturing details, focusing on visuals as well as characterizations, it has been nicely done.

I’m going with 3/5 for Finding Fanny.

It is not for the average-masala-fare-expecting viewer, but if you ease yourself into it, you’ll love it. It’s more like forgetting about the world while reading a book in your balcony.

Ye Jawani Hai Deewani: My Review

Ye Jawani Hai Deewani: My Review

CAST: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, kalki Koechlin, Aditya Kapoor

DIRECTOR: Ayan Mukherjee

If you just cut small pieces from your favourite clothing and then stitch it together into a new dress, it might not end up becoming another favourite of yours. Even though, those pieces still are your favourite, the “new dress” won’t give you that amount of comfort. Well, Ye jawaani hai deewani just ends up becoming that “New cloth”. You can see a very strong effect of movies like Rock on, Zindagi milegi na dobara, and Ayan’s own Wake up sid! and all of this with added philosophy and an extra oomph factor.


ye jawani hai deewani review

It is not like you won’t like this movie, it is not bad at all, but there will be a sense of having already seen-it-all. When something on similar lines have already been made into cult status, another one coming your way has to be of that level and this is where this falls a little short.

But judging this purely on this new outing of Ranbir and deepika, it is indeed entertaining, thoughtful and charming.

The story is of Naina (Deepika) and Karan, who prefers to be called Bunny (Ranbir), with contrasting personalities. Naina, the scholar who is studying medicine has been a bookworm, taciturn, having no friends all her life. A life based on parent’s wishes and pressures, is what she had lived this far.

While Bunny is a flamboyant, charming guy who has dreams to fly around the world and explore each of it, bit by bit. How he defines his wish is, that he wants his life to have raftaar (Speed). He loves flirting and has this saying that, “flirting is very good for health, like yoga”.

Naina and Bunny have studied in the same class long before, along with Aditi(Kalki Koechlin) and Avi (Aditya roy kapoor). Although Aditi, Avi and Bunny are the best of friends, Naina had no connection with all these, until one day Naina meets Aditi and how her, not-caring-too-much-about-life attitude and her plans for a Trekking trip to Manali makes her look deep into his own life. Also, Aditi is in love with Avi, but he is always in search of “greener pastures”.


Fed-up with the whole ONLY-STUDY schedule, she decides to have a break. A morning letter at the dining table for her mom and a last-minute arranged trip to manali, tags her with Bunny and friends.

A crazy ride, where Naina discovers herself, rather reinvents herself, ends up falling for the charming bunny, but ends up not disclosing her feelings to him. Reason being, Bunny has a totally different plan for life. Love, marriage and family are things he wants to be away from, and then there is his dream of Globe-trotting.

8 years down the line, at Aditi’s marriage they again meet and the romance mushrooms again. At the same time, Aditi, has found herself a rich-engineer(played by siddharth kappor of Delhi belly fame) to get married to, while Avi, with his drinking and gambling habits (Carrying forward from where he left in Ashiqui2) has lost it all and is now bankrupt. But more than that, what he misses is their friendship that got ruined because of Bunny’s career plans, where he just couldn’t find time for anything.

How, Why and when it all falls back into place is what the movie is all about.

The movie brings along the innocence in its characters and tries to pack in little life lessons in them. Ranbir kapoor is definitely a star that leaves no stone unturned to make the movie his own; emotions come flowing down from him. Be it, those scenes with Deepika or with his friends, or even his dad (Played by the Farooq Sheikh). One particular scene where Farooq waits for his son, who usually comes late at night, and has already made plans for Manali without telling him, is where the father-son relationship has been shot beautifully. It does not exaggerate anything, neither the dad’s care, nor his son’s, just sweetly says it all.

Deepika is all guns blazing here as well. She not only looks her geeky best in the first half, but uses her sexy sarees to make you go Wow!! She can just cry and smile at the same time, and still look good. And man, she does act unlike many others.

Kalki koechlin is again has amazing bubbly character in the movie, credit for her to be choosing roles that suites her. While, Aditya is very mediocre as Bunny’s friend, emoting is what this young lad still needs to learn.


There is a blink-and-a-miss scene of Rana duggubati in the movie and you wonder why he needed to be there??

Songs are really good and have been timed perfectly. They do bring in an added energy to the plot. The foreign location shots are amazing too, making you want to just go and explore (Another ZNMD reminder).


Overall, the movie isn’t at all bad, it is actually good. The only point of contention being that it will remind too much of Zindagi Na Milegi dobara, with an extra oomph factor with it. But other than that, I would recommend a watch.

I’m going with 3/5 for Ayan Mukherji’s Ye Jawani Hai deewani, its good if you don’t start comparing with other movies of same genre.

[You can also read the reviews of Deepika’s other hits: Raamleela, Piku, Finding Fanny]

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