How the Bengali Father Has Mastered the Art of Serial Napping

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How the Bengali Father Has Mastered the Art of Serial Napping

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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ike most Bengali daughters, I too saw several scattered traces of my father in Amitabh Bachchan’s comic turn as the hypochondriac Bhashkor Banerjee while watching Shoojit Sircar’s Piku.

For most Digene-loving Bongs, it’s the not-so-quiet battle that Bhashkor wages with constipation. But for me, it was a brief, unremarkable moment during the film’s road trip that sealed the deal – Bhashkor comfortably naps in the car, minutes have having an animated debate with his daughter Piku. Each time I watch this scene, I’m instantly transported back to the Sunday afternoons where lunch would be preceded and followed by Baba napping away in abandon, unperturbed by responsibilities, two noisy daughters, and the blaring sound of Rabindrasangeet.

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