Pihu ~ Movie Review #187

I recently watched this movie, Pihu which released some time in 2017. This is a movie quite opposite of what Bollywood movies are in general. The movie shows only one character, Pihu a 2 years old toddler. There are few more characters in the movie, whom you’ll hear though out the movie.
The story starts with Pihu getting up in the morning after her extravagant birthday party. Pihu, a sweet little girl, who will melt your heart right away. She lives in a huge apartment with her parents. Dirty dishes, balloons, left over foods, beer bottles scattered everywhere in the house.
Little Pihu went to her parents’ bedroom where her mom’s lifeless body was lying on the bed. There was marks on her wrist… trace of blood around the corner of her lips. A normal woman, who has lost all hopes with her husband and committed suicide after a night long heated argument with him. She was suspicious about her husband having an extra-marital affair with her friend- which is unveiled in later part of the movie.
Little Pihu tried to wake her mom, little did she know about death. As any other toddler would do, she started playing by herself. She switched on the TV… she kept calling her mom to come out of the room. No emotional music, no drama… but the way the little girl called deceased mother broke my heart.
Eventually Pihu got hungry, she went to her mom first. After getting no response from her she looked for her feeding bottle. All the milk spilled from the bottle when she tried to reach the bottle kept on the counter… She found some bread in the kitchen, she burnt the breads in attempt to warm in microwave and gas oven.
2 year old Pihu turned on the gas oven but did not know how to turn it off… she switched on the geyser as well. Pihu’s father kept on calling on her mom cell… he left for a different city for some business and forgot to switch off the iron after pressing his clothes. Even though he was still still in a bitter mood and loathed to talk to his wife, he was worried about their kid getting hurt by it.
Pihu burns her finger on the iron, she almost fell from the railing of their balcony while trying to save her doll… She got locked in the fridge while playing… She poured floor cleaner (white liquid looked similar to milk) in her feeding bottle but spilled it accidentally.
There are several such incidents that happened throughout the day… that are ultimate nightmare of any parents having little kids.
For every small and big thing Pihu kept on calling her mum… She needed to go to toilet but she could not wash herself… she came running to her mother…”Mumma, there’s poo poo in my hand…”
She applied ointment on her mother’s face to soothe her…
She slept next to her mum, played and slept again. Pihu’s father called several times that day and finally realized there was something terribly wrong and rushed to the airport to catch the flight immediately. Pihu took the sleeping pills that her mum took, those were scattered all over the floor… this part I found a little bit unrealistic as little kids won’t eat bitter things with so much interest… I was thrilled to see Pihu still alive after taking a number of sleeping pills… walking on the wet floors, where the geyser blasted and there was potential chance of short circuit… There were many dangerous ways to end the movie… I won’t complaint about that.
The movie was one and half hour long only showing Pihu doing dangerous stuffs while alone in her house…
While it did not clarify the marriage dispute of her parents… it compelled me think about the bonding between a mother and a child…
From cleaning the dirty pants to feed the kid in every few hours… taking care of every small and big needs of the infant… a mother’s contribution is beyond our imagination. The movie may or may not have a moral but it certainly made me appreciate my mom who is an absolute blessing in my life.
This was definitely a really good movie that made me sit on the edge of my chair and pray to God, “Please save this poor little child”…
Credit: Photo by Paloma A. on Unsplash

Post Author: Molten Cookie Dough

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