Vinod Kapri's latest movie, Pihu is inspired by a true-story and indeed is every parent’s worst nightmare. It's an exploited horror film which is carried on the shoulders of a two-year-old adorable babygirl.
This weeks release, Pihu is not for weak-hearted people as you have to go through 93 minutes of a sadistic baby-hating thriller. The movie shows a little girl child landing in dangerous yet sad situations one after another as she is trapped alone in an apartment with a dead mother.
First of all, nobody would like to watch a baby cry. Second, we don't know what Vinod was thinking about audiences’ reaction when he was writing or even directing this depressing movie.
The ideation of everything present in a house being a potential threat could have been tolerable in a short film but this is a feature-length torture which makes you feel helpless for the endangered a child throughout its course. Things that happen to Pihu, played by an adorable infant, Myra Vishwakarma, more than dangerous appeared to be insensitive doings of the filmmakers as they tried their level best to amp up the horror in it.
The film opens to a morning after Pihu's birthday party where she wakes up but fails to wake her mother, who is sleeping next to her. Her mother was dead and the reason comes in the end of the movie; so without any supervision, this little girl is now trapped in a small apartment. She finds herself in many peril situations like tackling with sleeping pills or using the stove all by herself.
Pihu's father is travelling, but is frequently shown in photographs around the house. There are several cute pictures around the house of the father and Pihu but none of them featured her mother. During the course of this movie, he calls up and records a message for her mother to swich off the iron or else..
The whole film is predicated upon these words, "or else"; every scene showing this helpless little girl doing things that could kill her like making her climb the balcony's railing was the worst form of audience manipulation as a 2 years old had to go through all of it just so that her director is able to make viewers feel scared. Sick!
It's a weird film where background score was out of place at many places, the camera is pushed in a microwave for the perfect shot and puts a little girl into a refrigerator.
Pihu is the worst kind of mixture of Baby's Day Out without humour and Trapped with a little Rajkumar Rao. It's a wannabe horror version of the classic Home Alone that made no sense. The film is so loud; it feels like the dead mother would wake up from all the noise. It is such a lead down as the film has been produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Ronnie Screwvala and ofcourse the little girl disserved better than this. As for the final verdict, we give Pihu only a 3.5 out of 10, where 3 is just for Myra's doll face and being so brave while shooting of this film.