Pihu Movie Review: ‘Never heard of a film with 2-year-old protagonist’
Pihu Movie Review: Pihu is an upcoming Hindi movie scheduled to be released on 16 Nov, 2018. The movie is directed by Vinod Kapri and will feature Prerna Vishwakarma and Myra Vishwakarma as lead characters.
Time: 2 hrs 2 mins
Producers: Siddharth Roy Kapur, Ronnie Screwvala
A woman is seen lying unconscious on the bed. Meanwhile, a two-year old toddler, Pihu (Myra Vishwakarma) believes that her mummy is sleeping and tries to go about with her daily routine. She tries to wake her up, switches on the microwave when the hunger pangs strike and even gets herself trapped in the refrigerator. Amidst all this, you find yourself holding your breath, every time little Pihu has a brush with danger.
Vinod Kapri’s Pihu unfolds in an urban high rise where a two-year old kid is left to fend for herself without any family member and domestic help in the house. Failing to understand the situation, the child does things which goes against her and gives the audience plenty of heart-in-the-mouth moments. Watching a small kid cross the balcony railings to reach out to her friends will leave anyone in a cold sweat. And Pihu gives you many such heart-thumping moments. The situations in the film are every parent’s worst nightmares. It isn’t easy to extract such a superlative performance from a kid and for that, director Vinod Kapri needs to be applauded. On the flip side, the film has nothing more to offer beyond what we have already in the trailer, barring a few nail-biting sequences of course. Watching every scene unfold with the patience of a hunter might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Thankfully, where the narrative stumbles and gets repetitive, it’s little Pihu’s innocence which saves the show.
That brings us to the star of the film, Myra Vishwakarma who excels as little Pihu. She rules over the frames right from the first shot till the last and delivers a performance which lingers for long. Her every action; be it a laugh, cry or simply blabbering is organic and adds more to the tense moment. Vinod Kapri has effectively placed the scary moments to draw you back into narration whenever monotony seeps in. Through Pihu, the director tries to give a closer insight about nuclear lifestyles and the conflict in urban relationships. Unfortunately, there is too little meat to chew upon here. His subtle strokes barely drives the message home even though its a well-crafted film.
The framing of the scenes is apt and the editing works well. The background score too goes well with the theme. Pihu deserves to be watched purely for Myra Vishwakarma’s applaud-worthy performance that matches the brilliance of a seasoned actor. Could we have some more of this little kid, please?