Pikoo (1981)-Bengali Movie by Satyajit Ray
Director: Satyajit Ray
Casts: Aparna Sen, Victor Banerjee, Soven Lahiri, Promode Ganguly, Arjun Guha Thakurata
‘Pikoo’ (Pikoo’s Day) is a short film by Satyajit Ray about an upper middle class woman’s her extra-marital affair and her dedication to her legitimate relationships at home. ‘Pikoo’, based on the short story ‘Pikur Diary’ by Satyajit Ray, deals with complex sentiments in modern relationships from within its duration of approx. 26 mins. This film is not much easily accessed as many others films by Ray.
Arjun Guha Thakurata as the little boy Pikoo is amazing. Promode Ganguly plays the role of Pikoo’s grandfather and is awesome. Soven Lahiri as his father, Aparna Sen as his mother, and Victor Banerjee as Pikko’s uncle Hitesh with whom his mom maintains an illegitimate relationship, are great.
Satyajit Ray on ‘Pikoo’ : Pikoo is a very complex film. It is a poetic statement which cannot be reduced to concrete terms. One statement the film tries to make is that, if a woman is to be unfaithful, if she is to have an extramarital affair, she can’t afford to have soft emotions towards her children, or, in this case, her son. The two just don’t go together. You have to be ruthless. Maybe she’s not ruthless to that extent. She’s being very Bengali. A European in the same circumstances would not behave in the same way.
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