While recent release, ‘Piku’ has been well-received by both critics and fans, it was recently reported that President Pranab Mukherjee himself was also keen to watch the Amitabh Bachchan-Deepika Padukone starrer. Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog to inform fans that the President infact did watch the film on Sunday (June 7) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and absolutely loved it. Big B also wrote that President Pranab Mukherjee found the Bengali accent in the film to be flawless and enjoyed it the most.
“The Honourable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherji, tonight watched ‘PIKU’ and may I say with great reserve of modesty, he absolutely loved it ! Most particular he seemed to have enjoyed the ‘perfect’ Bengali-Hindi accent, which he felt was flawless. He later invited us over for dinner and we continued to discuss the film and its merits ..” Amitabh Bachchan also described the picture at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and thanked the President for finding time to spend with the cast of the film. “The grand halls of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, perhaps the biggest and largest Palace in the world, were a picture of the grace and dignity that such occasions demand. His felicitation to us by the mementoes was remarkable. Greatly indebted to him for having found the time to be with us … I absolutely love the protocol of order and designed fan fare that comes along with the Head of the Country, the President. As you begin to approach the massive portals of this majestic building, its sheer magnificence overwhelms you. I may have visited it more than I would imagine, during my early years when we would come to watch films in a small auditorium within the Bhavan ; the swimming pool where each summer heat was defeated in the bright cool waters ; the many investiture ceremonies, the swearing in ceremonies, personal visits , and on. A joy and privilege. There has since been great improvement in the building of a separate structure that houses all the important cultural activities, and it is a joy to see the President taking personal interest in it …” Piku also starring Irrfan Khan has collected a whopping Rs 77.33 cr.
2015 Kashmir Despatch