Piku is a 2015 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Shoojit Sircar and produced by N. P. Singh, Ronnie Lahiri and Sneha Rajani. It stars Deepika Padukone as the titular protagonist, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, with Moushumi Chatterjee and Jisshu Sengupta portraying supporting roles.
The story and screenplay was written by Juhi Chaturvedi. Principal photography began in August 2014 and was wrapped up in December. Anupam Roy composed the soundtrack and score, and wrote the lyrics.
Piku was released on 8 May 2015. It garnered widespread critical acclaim upon release. Critics praised the screenplay, performances, humour and overall simplicity. It also emerged as a commercial success worldwide. Made on a budget of ₹25 crore (equivalent to ₹30 crore or US$4.3 million in 2019), Piku earned ₹141 crore (equivalent to ₹171 crore or US$24 million in 2019) worldwide.
On January 11, 2016, the film was nominated for Best Film in the 61st Filmfare Awards, as well as other categories. Padukone won her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress, and Bachchan received his record setting fourth National Film Award for Best Actor at the 63rd National Film Awards and his record setting third Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance.
Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone) is a Bengali architect residing in Delhi, with her 70-year-old father, Bhashkor (Amitabh Bachchan). Bhashkor has problems with chronic constipation and traces every problem to his bowel movements. His habits often lead to quarrels with the servants and irritate Chhobi Mashi (Moushumi Chatterjee), who often visits them. Piku loves her father and, as her mother is no more, takes good care of him but gets extremely irritated with him at times because of his eccentricities. Her colleague, Syed Afroz (Jisshu Sengupta) is a good friend, and she is a regular client of Syed’s friend, Rana Chaudhary’s (Irrfan Khan) taxi business. Rana has his family problems with his mother and sister.
Piku wants to sell their ancestral home in Kolkata, Champakunj, but Bhashkor objects vehemently and decides to go to Kolkata. Piku has to accompany him since she cannot let him travel alone. Bhashkor brings up his constipation problem and decides to travel by road. Due to Piku’s problems with other drivers of Rana, they back away before Piku’s trip. Piku, disappointed with the agency tries to book a flight, but soon, Rana arrives at their home to take the family to Kolkata himself, without informing his family about the trip.
On the way, the group encounters many incidents, including Rana on the verge of losing patience due to Bhashkor’s fussy behaviour and constipation. They finally reach Kolkata, where Piku’s relatives live in the old house and Bhashkor asks Rana to stay for some time. Piku and Rana go out in the city and gradually grow close. Rana also subtly hints not to sell the house during a discussion.
Rana leaves Kolkata the next day and asks Bhashkor to stop his eccentricities which he eventually listens to. Piku changes her mind and decides not to sell the house. Meanwhile, Bhashkor’s sudden desire to bicycle increases as he cycles through a part of the city alone, leaving everyone tense since he did not tell them about it. When Bhashkor returns, Piku berates him for eating street food and for being irresponsible, but he simply states that his constipation is cleared and he needs to bicycle every day. He remembers Rana who had told him to eat everything and not be choosy and picky about food. Piku is secretly happy but does not emote much.
The next day, everyone discovers that Bhashkor has died in his sleep, probably from sleep apnea or cardiac arrhythmia. Piku states that he always wanted a peaceful death. She returns to Delhi, where she arranges his funeral. There, Dr. Srivastava (Raghubir Yadav), Bhashkor’s doctor, reveals to her that Syed, too, has constipation and Bhashkor knew about it for a long time. A few days later, she pays up whatever due she owes Rana. She renames the Delhi house “Bhaskor Villa” in her father’s memory and the maid, who had left due to Bhashkor’s tantrums, returns to work. The film ends with a scene of Piku playing badminton with Rana in the courtyard in front of her house.
Amitabh Bachchan as Bhashkor Banerjee
Deepika Padukone as Piku Banerjee
Irrfan Khan as Rana Chaudhary
Jisshu Sengupta as Syed Afroz
Avijit Dutt as Bodo Mesho
Moushumi Chatterjee as Chhobi Mashi
Balendra Singh as Budhan
Swaroopa Ghosh as Moni Kaaki
Raghuvir Yadav as Dr. Srivastava
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury as Nabendu
Akshay Oberoi as Aniket
Rupsa Banerjee as Eisha