Piku remains one of the best films that has ever been made in India. The story revolves around Piku, played by Deepika Padukone, and her nagging father Bhaskar Banerjee, played by Amitabh Bachchan. Both of them go on a road trip to Kolkata to get back to their ancestral home. Accompanied by Irrfan Khan, they venture into this unique trip of theirs.
Over the years, the movie has become cult and is also considered one of the best road trip movies that have come out from Bollywood. It surely does rule most of our hearts. From the songs to Deepika, Irrfan, and Amitabh’s stellar performances it has carved a place in our hearts.
We all love the eccentric yet caring relationship that Piku and her father shared. The troubles Piku goes through while taking care of an old man, the middle-class problems, and the obvious generation gap, all form an essential part of the movie.
The movie projects annoyance of the daughter, yet how that is rooted in love. All of these make us go back to it always.
But although yes, you can keep rewatching Piku, here I bring to you some of the other movies similar to Piku that will woo your brains. If you think that you need a new thing, obsess over it, come read along.
Karwaan is another gem starring Dulquer Salman, Irfan Khan, and Mithila Parker and directed by Bejoy Nambiar. The movie follows a road trip that Avinash takes in order to reach Kochi when he finds out that his father has passed away on the road. He meets Shaukat who helps in getting to his father’s corpse. However, there is a sudden mishap and the duo is forced to take along a teenager Tanya with them. What follows is a long ride of goof, fun, and also some thought-provoking instances.
The movie is one of the feel-good offerings to have come out in recent years the movie. The movie also discusses death and the aftermath of a death in a very subtle yet delicate manner. How do we handle death in reality?
If you like Piku, Karwaan is a movie you will definitely like and especially for Irfan and Dulquer Salman’s performances.
Swades is a cult classic that everyone should watch. While Piku dealt with slightly lighter topics Swades goes on to talk about the idea of one’s identity, the national identity, and personal identity in detail.
Swades is a very interesting and gripping watch, with Shah Rukh at his best. The movie will force you to think and also give you a good time. Mohan Bhargava comes back to India to take back his nanny, however, in the process he is posed with multiple questions and inner turmoils, that he is left to deal with.
Swades stars Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Daya Shankar, Kishori Balal, and others.
Swades is still one of the best movies to have been made.
You must have seen English Vinglish in a lot of movie recommendation lists. This list is incomplete without English Vinglish and Sridevi’s amazing performance in the movie. If you haven’t watched English Vinglish, then let me introduce you to it in short.
English Vinglish is the journey of housewife Sashi, played by Sridevi who goes on a trip to the US in order to attend her sister’s daughter’s wedding. In this way, she understands her value as a human being and how she’s being treated by her family. The story follows Sashi discovering herself. With this revelation she is also constantly put down by her family for not knowing English, she is motivated to study English in a foreign land.
What follows is her discovering what she likes and what she does not, and also her family understanding who saw she really is. Directed by Gauri Shinde the movie makes you think about how you have treated your mom over the years.
The movie will leave a message with you even and a very wide smile. You can go catch the movie on Amazon Prime Video.
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year is another movie from the early 2010s. A movie that is kind of forgotten by the mainstream. However, just like the storyline of Piku, Rocket Singh also deals with adulting but in a different context.
Here you are forced to root for Harpreet Singh Bedi played by Ranbir Kapoor as he does represent all of us in some form.
He is a very relatable yet charming character you see play out on screen. Harpreet gets out of college and gets into the corporate world with dreams of making it big. But, soon, there are ideological clashes.
And, Rocket Singh is not able to cheat himself in order to achieve the career that he wished. So, what does he do next? How does the carefree, and very vibrant Harpreet make his dream come true the right way?
What would happen if we chose to trust only what we saw? And only do what we can see? Well, you might imagine what you will do, but here is a story that will tell you how the world might start looking if you abide by this theory.
Starring Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa, and Rajat Kapoor, Aankhon Dekhi is a story of a middle-class man, Rajesh Bauji. He promises to himself that rather than going by preconceived notions he would only believe in what he sees firsthand. While seemingly bizarre at the beginning the world soon starts to abide by Bauji’s principles.
But, what happens? What does the world look like to Bauji?
Do you also have a to-do list? And another bucket list that you want to check off before you leave this planet?
But, what would you do if you found out that you are running out of time? What to-dos will you pick?
That is, what exactly happens in Dasvidaniya.
Dasvidaniya, directed by Shashant Shah and written by Arshad Syed, starring Vinay Pathak, is the Indian adaptation of a Russian play.
Here we have Amar Paul, played by Vinay Pathak, who finds out that he is going to die very soon due to stomach cancer. After knowing this, he forms a to-do list of ten things he would like to do. And, thus the name of the movie! The movie follows him finding his true love for things. The movie is a subtle take on how life is limited and our to-dos should make us happy.
To shed some tears and laugh your hearts out you can go watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video.
Do Dooni Chaar
Do Dooni Char is one of the very few movies in the 2000s that has Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh Act together. Directed by Habib Faisal, the movie is a story of a small middle-class family living in Lajpat Nagar, Delhi. Rishi Kapoor plays the role of Santosh Duggal who is a high school teacher in his middle age. While Neetu Singh is the homemaker.
The couple has two teenage sons and the entire story is about how this old-age couple takes care of their teenage kids. What happens in the Duggal family?
It is one of the most relatable stories to have come out in the 2010s, where the idea of middle-class life and the very mundane life is captured beautifully on screen.
The movie for sure will take you on a nostalgia right as you go watch it on Netflix.
With that, we come to the end of this listicle, where we talked about movies like Piku that you should absolutely go checkout! If you are a fan of Piku, also tell us below the movie we should watch. And also mention your favorite movie from the list above.