Director: Vinod Kapri
Producers: RSVP Movies , Roy Kapur Films
Cast: Prerna Sharma , Myra Vishwakarma
Public Review: Pihu
Pihu is a 2018 Indian drama thriller film written and directed by Vinod Kapri and Jointly produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Shilpa Jindal. It stars Myra, a two year old girl in the title role who gets trapped inside her house with no escape.
The movie are in theaters now and people are watching it. To know about how did the movie performed? Did the audience like the movie? We have come up with the public reviews shot by our BT reporter Harnidh Kaur.
Writer-director Vinod Kapri turns an empty flat into a potential minefield. Its easy to draw parallels between Pihu and last year’s Trapped, in which Rajkummar Rao struggled to find ingenious ways to break out of a locked flat. Perhaps the only reason you stay with the film until the end is little Myra Vishwakarma in the role of Pihu, who doesn’t betray a hint of self-consciousness in front of the camera.
The movie doesn’t ultimately work because there’s no point to it. It’s neither a compelling cautionary tale about bad parenting or a sufficiently responsible thriller. The film revels in making you flinch and squirm and cringe. That’s just mean-spirited. I’m going with two out of five.
Critic’s Rating: 2/5
Pihu is Trapped meets Home Alone without the anguish or the humour. The attempt to make emotional stakes fall flat is because they are repetitive and obvious. And it feels like each time Vinod is confused about what to do, he has a character call on the cell phone. Pihu doesn’t have a lot of dialogue and some of it is very awkward at one point, Pihu’s angry father says to her mother on the phone – You females are the worst thing in any man’s life!
In the beginning, I was worried sick about Pihu this is basically every parent’s nightmare but that quickly gave way to exhaustion. The script is so visibly manipulative that it’s difficult to stay invested.
Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5
Baby Myra Vishwakarma is absolutely splendid in Pihu’s role. She is supremely natural and this, also because she may not even have understood that her actions were being captured on camera. Other actors have done voice acting and they’re all very effective. Vinod Kapri’s direction is good. He needs to be lauded for making an entire film with just one character a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in the cast. Vishal Khurana’s background music is decent. Yogesh Jani’s camerawork is very good.
Ashim Chakraborty’s production designing is appropriate. Editing (by Irene Dhar Malik, Sheeba Sehgal and Archit Rastogi) is quite sharp. On the whole, Pihu is an experimental film but since it is more depressing than entertaining, it will not make any mark at the box-office despite getting critical acclaim.
The story is a sad reflection of urban lonely lives in multi-storied buildings of the metropolis where nuclear families are isolated from neighbours and hopelessly dependent on the building security guard in times of a crisis!It is a reflection of how technology has facilitated our lives but fractured our relationships. Devoid of intimacy and communication, we have no time and compassion for each other’s heartbreaks!
Years ago, Chetan Anand directed a film about a child lost on the streets searching for his mother called Aakhri Khat which brought a lump to your throat. After watching Pihu you emerge from the theatre with a hollow feeling in the stomach. Pihu is a must watch for all parents so that they never make the same mistakes.
Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5
The Times of India
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.
This unusual thriller has all the elements you’d expect from a film that can attain cult status. 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.
Critic’s Rating: 3.0/5
The tacky, home video feel of Pihu is the least of the problems with Vinod Kapri’s toddler version of Trapped. It is the emotional manipulation and exploitativeness in the garb of self-righteous posturing on marriage, kids and family that makes it disturbing in its duplicitousness. While the movie has dangers loom large, they also go away just like that, in the blink of the eye.
They seem to be at the beck and call and whim of the script and the director. So, despite all the extreme machinations (dangling her in the balcony for instance) that the filmmaker indulges in with the child, despite getting enraged at her cuteness being exploited to send the adults on a guilt trip, you ultimately know how it will pan out. But 90 odd minutes of it is way too much of a torture, as much for Pihu, as for us.