Dear Zindagi’s Kaira (Alia Bhatt) and Piku’s Piku (Deepika Padukone) share nothing in common, yet I see an invisible line that connects the two.
While Piku tried to offshore her worries via outbursts, Kaira swallowed her struggles with difficulty. Had Piku not been vocal about her problems, would she, too, have seen a shrink? I guess so. But Shoojit Sircar’s film involved another key character, Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan). Bhashkor and Piku threw each other into varied zones of light-hearted banter and occasional hypocrisy.
Bhashkor is a self-admitted old man who needs help. He is the sort of person who calls up his daughter’s office and describes his bowel movements to a receptionist – “Day before it was semi liquid motion, since then two days of gas and constipation. What should I do?”
Not only Bhashkor Banerjee, even Piku has several brain crushing issues to deal with. The first of them would definitely be her father. Even though she finds it hard to go to bed without a flicker of a headache, her undulating thoughts regarding her life moves in different shapes and sizes in front of her eyes. However, she has her sentiments in the right place. There’s a line in the movie where Piku begins a sentence saying, “If someone wants to marry me;” Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan) immediately chips in with: “He’ll have to adopt your 90-year-old kid, as well,” referring to Piku’s dad. This is probably enough to paint a picture of Piku’s head-space.
Now, let’s take a look at Kaira.
Kaira, on the other hand, has a lump in her throat when it comes to pouring her heart out to the men she dates. This is shown as one of the effects of childhood trauma. She hasn’t been able to express her feelings because she was not looked after by her parents when she was a child. She fears that it might happen again with her boyfriends. Hence, she emotionally stays away from the men she falls in love with.
Kaira’s over-thinking makes her wallow in her own sorrows. This is why she knocks on the door of Dr. Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan). Khan is a cool guy who shares stories that have the aroma of therapy.
Piku could wear anger like a glove and hurl it at people whenever she felt irritated. For Kaira to do so, it would be like falling from a cliff.
Kaira needs Jehangir Khan to straighten the messed up reasons for her relationships. Whereas, Piku knows her heart’s demands pretty well.
The simple lesson that these two films give us is this – Speak out if you have a problem. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Piku, or a Kaira; you need a person you can talk to.
Written by - Karthik Keramulu