Pihu Cast: Myra Vishwakarma, Prerna Vishwakarma, Director: Vinod Kapri Rating: 4/5(****)
This unusual thriller “Pihu” has all the elements you’d expect from a film that can bring your heart out. In all fairness, the story does throw up a few nail-biting moments, too. But the inconsistent writing and direction by Vinod Kapri robs the movie of its desired impact. With a little more attention to detail and conviction, this one could have been a terrific experience. He truly scares the hell out of you with a sequence shot from the inside of a microwave oven. The background score does not disappoint either and rarely goes overboard. At times, it amplifies the tension in the air. On other occasions, it tugs at your heartstrings.
Barring a few scenes that feature the toddler’s mother lying in the bed, Pihu is the only character that you see in the film throughout and its heart chilling.
‘Pihu’ is a metaphor meant to bring to light two glaring realities of the society we live in – the impact domestic violence/dysfunctional relationships can have on children and how people in a big city don’t really care about those beyond their kith and kin. The film does manage to reflect on these relevant themes. The rest of them, including the girl’s father, the society guard and neighbors, can only be heard.
The way these invisible characters have been used to take the narrative forward is commendable. The story has been mainly captured in the telephonic conversations that Pihu has with her father. They seem orchestrated but not out rightly illogical. But with a lisping tot playing the title role, there was no other way Kapri could have possibly told this story.
Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped, starring Rajkummar Rao, in some ways, is similar to this film. But that film was about undying hope and determination. The biggest victory for Kapri, who has also written the screenplay of Pihu, is that he manages to carve out a full-fledged film from a concept that could well have been rejected after being labelled as a short-film idea. I would recommend for every parents to watch this film.