Director: Vinod Kapri
Cast: Myra Vishwakarma
Pihu is the story of a toddle trapped inside her house all by herself for a whole day open to all dangers under nobody’s watch. The film opens the morning after Pihu’s birthday party. She gets up and tries to wake her mother, who unfortunately was no more due to intake of sleeping pills. However, she’s unable to comprehend that her mother is no more. The reason behind her suicide was her toxic relationship with her husband who was travelling somewhere. Pihu’s father frequently shows up in photographs around the house. He calls up and talks to his wife and is apparently so driven to argue with her that he is unruffled by her silence.
The story is an outcome of how bad and unhealthy relationships between parents leads to destroying their child’s life. The two year old girl’s dire situations gives the story a scary factor. It raises your heart beat. You are always curious to know what will happen next and you might want to jump inside the screen to help the innocent little girl.
Pihu (Myra Vishwakarma) is the soul of the story. Her innocence and feeling of loneliness is seen in her eye. She may be a toddler, but she does well with her role. Her brushing her teeth to playing with make-up products to turning gas stove and geyser on, shows how natural she was and how little conscious of the camera. Her mother (Prerna Sharma) appears dead throughout the film. Her father has a role through phone calls (Rahul Bagga’s voice over) and photo frames.
Vinod Kapri’s direction is fascinating and straight. However, the movie was a bit stretched. This shocking and unfortunate true tale could have been wrapped up in few minutes as a short film or a docudrama rather than stretching it to 90 mins. The horror he tries to bring in the film becomes repetitive. However, the message sent out through the film is correctly received. The cinematography manages to capture tension and manages to skip your heartbeat.
Cinespeaks verdict: The storyline brings to light two harsh realities of the society- the impact domestic violence/ toxic relationships can have on children. It contains tension and uncertainty so this is not the movie you should watch if you want to relax a bit. One needs courage to watch this movie. This is a dramatic thriller which keeps you on the edge of the seat.
Cinespeaks gives it 3 stars.
Written by: RUJUTA THETE