No one can deny the fact that the movie Piku – offered a wholesome and refreshing take on parenting. The movie sent across a powerful message about how a child, especially a woman brought up in a liberal environment, can stand up for herself and her choices. With power-packed performances by Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, this movie is one of our all-time favourite Bollywood movies.
The movie is about a successful architect, Piku (played by Dipika Padukone), her father Bhashkor (played by Amitabh Bachchan), and the owner of a taxi service in Delhi, Rana (played by Irrfan Khan).
The movie powerfully showcases Bashkor’s feminist ideas and how he believes that woman doesn’t need marriage or kids to complete her. Though various scenes expose his irrational and aggressive nature, writer Juhi Chaturvedi manages to make us believe that this flawed character has nothing but pure intentions.
We believe Piku is one of the most powerful movies on how parents should raise daughters. Here are 5 powerful dialogues from Piku that capture all the things every daughter should hear from her parents.
1. Parents must tell daughters that a casual relationship isn’t all bad. If two adults respect each other in a casual relationship, then the girl must not care about society’s judgemental ideas.
2. More daughters deserve to see parents standing up for them. Sadly, we see very few fathers standing for their daughters against our mindless society.
3. Our daughters also need to be told, from a young age, that marriage is not worth it if it comes at the cost of their identity.
4. Or at the cost of being labelled “nice” in a conventional, regressive sense.
5. This movie tends to address how it’s not the marriage that is the problem, it’s how our society makes the institution operate. It is sad how women are burdened with endless expectations and expected to live life for others, and not for themselves.
It’s one of those rare movies, that not only entertains you but also leaves you with a powerful message on gender roles, marriage and independent daughters. We hope many more parents would start taking a stand for their daughters and become their true allies against regressive society!