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There is something inherently charming about people who talk straight; about family members who get in each others' hair and they know it; about disharmony that keeps people together. Of course, the charm comes from things being close to reality. At the same time, you know it is a film, so you know it is going to be wittier than real life. In the sense that life has been compressed into two or so hours.
You look at Piku's trailer and more than the coming of age of a family you see Amitabh Bachchan and only Amitabh Bachchan. In many ways it feels like his career has been building up to roles like these. You see Piku's dad and you see this aging, senile grandpa obsessed by his motions (like many a real life elderly are) and yet you find him adorable, like you would find a friend's grandfather.
Note, he's cute only if you don't have to care for him. You identify with Piku (Deepika Padukone) too because you don't want to be in her place tending to this annoying, pain in the wrong place. Yet, you know you won't shed that responsibility when push comes to shove.
A film that has Irrfan Khan and I can't stop talking about the other actors and their characters. Don't we have a winner there already? Not to mention, director Shoojit Sircar's name still brings a smile at the memory of his film, Vicky Donor.
I am all ready to smile through the length of a film!