When the poster of the movie Pihu was released, it raised a lot of curiosity. The poster had an image of an adorable little girl picking up what looks like pills that are scattered on the floor, with an image of a bruised hand on one corner of the poster.
It’s not everyday that a Film has a two-year-old as its protagonist! Much like the poster, the movie too was absolutely interesting. The entire film is shot inside a house with just two characters; a two-year-old toddler Pihu played by Myra Vishwakarma and her mother. The interesting part is the mother doesn’t have much to do except lie down throughout the movie. She’s shown as a motionless woman lying down on the bed in the entire film!
The whole film rests on little Myra’s shoulders and she keeps the audience totally engaged. The film has been shot brilliantly and very naturally. The two-year-old is made to behave like a two-year-old and not like the typical Hindi film child actors. Myra is just being her two- year- old self throughout the film, absolutely natural. There are so many times when your heart goes out to her and you feel like protecting her and reaching out to her and giving her a hug. Even her cough and sneezes are so natural.
Having directed little kids myself, I know how difficult it is to make them act, everything depends on their mood, their sleep timings, their willingness to respond to what you ask them to do. How does one make a two-year-old understand how she has to react, act? (when even some of our grown-up stars still need to learn how to act!).Two-year-olds are just about learning how to talk. But director Vinod Kapri has done it with perfection. He’s also found the perfect cast in Myra.
The message that he wants to send across to his audience has been done subtly yet it hits you and makes you sit back and think. It is an emotionally riveting film and at times even disturbing, but you become a part of the film and there is not a single moment where you get bored.
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Siddharth Roy Kapur’s Roy Kapur Films, Pihu has already received accolades at various international film festivals. Pihu was selected as an official entry for prestigious international film festivals like Vancouver, Palm Springs, Iran, Morocco, and Germany. The film also went on to win Best Film at Morocco and was the opening film at the International Film Festival of India 2017 held in, Goa 2017), where it received rave reviews.
Little Myra has given even the biggest stars of Bollywood a run for their money, she’s a natural and deserves five Stars for her performance and also definitely deserves a National Award!
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