Piku, one of the most successful films of the year 2015, succeeded at box-office and was appreciated by critics too.
So much so, that it evinced interest from none other than President Pranab Mukherjee.
And, Amitabh Bachchan and Shoojit Sircar made sure the President’s wish was fulfilled. So a special screening was organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday.
Amitabh Bachchan confirmed on his blog that the President loved it. Bachchan also mentioned that he appreciated the Bengali accent the most. Coming from a Bengali, it’s a real compliment.
Amitabh Bachchan shared his experience at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and thanked the President for spending time with team Piku.
From the blog:
“The Honourable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherji, 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..”
“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 …”