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Movie Review: Pihu

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Producers- Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur

Director- Vinod Khatri

Star Cast- Prerna Vishwakarma, Myra Vishwakarma

Genre- Thriller

Rating- ***1/2

Edgy and Taut!

Jyothi Venkatesh

Based on a truly unfortunate incident, Pihu chronicles the trials and tribulations of a 2-year-old girl child, who is caught in the crossfire of her parents’ tumultuous relationship and hence put in a hellish situation that carries on for an entire day. The little Pihu (Myra Vishwakarma) is trapped in an apartment all by herself, with no access to food and water, as she’s also cut off from the world outside. Under such dire circumstances, Pihu has to survive and her day-long ordeal forms the crux of the story.

The camera follows her around as she navigates the unkempt space, plays with the TV remote and mobile phone, and fiddles with electronic items, including the iron and the microwave oven and making her way up and down the stairs. Myra Vishwakarma, as the innocent child caught up in extraordinary circumstances, is a natural in front of the camera. Though a toddler, the cute little girl steals the scenes. While the major part of the narrative deals with this young girl’s entrapment, the story also involves the situations leading up to her confinement and the climax to her ordeal. The dramatic thriller takes cinematic liberties and occasionally squanders the chances of being edgy.

Like Vinoditya Motwane had cast Rajkumar Rao in a one man show called Trapped two years ago, Vinod Kapri constantly uses the protagonist’s weakness to play with every parent’s worst nightmare.  You pine and pray to God while watching the helplessness of child her age makes the circumstances all the more terrifying, the poignancy of her predicament is exacerbated by a personal tragedy that we, the viewers, become aware of while she does not. You just cannot help but clench your fists out of concern for the baby’s welfare, and sit almost paralyzed with fear for her safety.

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