Some films come out of fantasized thoughts, some come from literature while some come from the society. The film which belongs to the third category is “PK”. It had the Bollywood’s perfectionist Aamir Khan in the lead role, written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani under their respective production companies. The success of this film has given Bollywood a happy ending for 2014.
This is the story of an extraterrestrial human being (Aamir Khan) who comes to Earth for a research knowing that there lies a planet (Earth) identical to theirs. It deals with what he has lost, observed, learnt, did and taken back from the Earth.
The two lined story I’ve written might sound as if this is a Sci – Fi movie. But it’s not. Though it has an extraterrestrial human being as the lead character, it doesn’t deal with any such concepts. It doesn’t even make the audiences expect such things.
To judge or criticize something there should be some “other” thing which is better than the previous one. The writer cum director Rajkumar Hirani’s aim is to show the truthfulness and diversities of human beings on Earth. Maybe he thought there is no one on Earth to be compared with, for judging its people, so he brought a human being from beyond the Earth. This also states that to find truthfulness among people, you have to travel beyond the Earth. For this kind of thoughts, the screenplay should be more supportive. Out of his regular habit, Hirani took the support of real life incidents and emotions which every human being watches, experiences and leaves at the end of the day, as he did in his previous films.
The incidents shown in the first half of this film definitely make the audiences laugh and think. Along with these, Hirani has chosen the most sensitive concept of India i.e., “Religious Beliefs“. Handling such concept is risky but he tried to convince with his intelligence. The words we hear and speak in our daily lives like “Bhagwan Jaane” (Hindi), “God only Knows” let PK think that there are some persons on this planet who are called Gods with different names and shapes at different places by different kinds of people. He starts worshiping every one of them. The scenes and dialogues written to convey this sequence were hilarious, thinkable and touching. Here comes my most favorite part of the film. A song titled “Bhagwan Hain Kahaan Re Tu” sung by Sonu Nigam while PK worships every religion’s Gods and performs all the required rituals was very touchy. Getting failed and tired in finding God, PK speaks to Gods’ idols which makes the eyes of audiences moist for sure. This scene defines Aamir Khan once again as one of the greatest actors we have. I’d like to praise four persons for elevating the film in this sequence. They’re Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir Khan, Shantanu Moitra and Sonu Nigam. These people did splendid jobs.
In the interval, I kept thinking how this film will be ended. Will audiences get convinced about the things shown regarding religions or the director faces the hatred of people? Hirani played an intelligent game in the second half. He shifted audience’s focus from previously chosen concept to a regular drama. A love track was introduced for PK with Jagat Janani a.k.a “Jaggu” (Anushka Sharma) who was actually responsible for us knowing about PK in the first half. Besides this, the director didn’t ignore the original concept completely. He used people who claim themselves as God’s messengers and portrayed one of them named Tapasvi Maharaj (Saurabh Shukla) as the main antagonist of the film. This paved the way for some negative reviews and comments on the film saying that it’s mainly concentrated on criticizing only one religion.
At the end, drama gets an upper hand in the film. Here the audiences who came to theater having “3 Idiots” in their minds would get disappointed. Remove it and watch “PK” as an independent film. Then only this movie delivers a feel that you’ve watched a good film though the ending wasn’t much effective.
1. Realistic, hilarious and thinkable screenplay in the first half.
2. Aamir Khan’s extraordinary performance and dedication. He hardly blinks his eyes in the film.
3. “Bhagwan Hain Kahaan Re Tu” sung by Sonu Nigam.
1. Increased drama dosage in the second half.
2. Wasted Sanjay Dutt’s character.
A Lesson from this Film :
For some films, reviews should be crispy and concealing to let people watch them.
A Comment on PK :
Some people criticized this movie for portraying a specific religious people as bad. I feel this movie didn’t say that a particular religion or its followers are bad. It said not to trust those who claim themselves as God’s messengers and mess up people’s lives and wealth by following their instructions.