Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Cast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt and Sushant Singh Rajput
Music: Shantanu Moitra, Ajay-Atul, Ankit Tiwari and Ram Sampath
Release Date: 19/12/2014
You can’t question religion. You can’t ask for logical explanations when it comes to one’s faith. We are not supposed to do that. We are not taught to do that. You have to be either an alien or an escapee from the nearest mental asylum. PK [played by the calculative risk-taker & a game-changer in many cases Aamir Khan] is one such rare genus. His level of indulgence with our worldly Gods is absolutely ‘out of this world’. His child-like innocence can bombard questions of all kind without giving you much time to think and react. He can also make you thunderstruck with his logical demonstrations about things you never bothered or rather apprehended to ask about. No doubt, he looks like a distant and conscientiously more intuitive cousin to Fungshuk Wangdu of 3 IDIOTS.
‘PK’ is another gem of Rajkumar Hirani’s school of film-making where success can also be formulated by assimilating an unfussy entertainment of dramatic but simple nature & a ‘never gets preachy’ social message weaved in good humor and honest emotions. So when PK- the untainted innocent soul discovers people buying goods of their needs simply by exchanging a piece of paper with an old man’s picture [our very own ‘father of the nation] printed on it, he starts collecting every single poster & newspaper-cutting carrying his image. Next, we are made realize how we only respect the ‘financial’ worth and not the ‘moral’ values the man lived his life for.
‘PK’ also dares to question your blind-faith on forged Godmen from all religions. It’s high time we turn to humanity as our primary religious conviction rather than wasting our hard-money and the gifted wisdom to differentiate right from wrong on someone else’s phony tactics. As PK says in the film, the God who created us is very different from the ones we created. And the prayers we make through these age-old practices are nothing more than a ‘wrong number’ call.
The biggest strength of ‘PK’ is that it talks less and speaks more. There is hardly a scene where you don’t get thrashed by one or other social issues or expected human behavioral flaws in us; in a very subtle, explicable, logical and entertaining manner. The Bhojpuri texture to the lingo adds to it fervently and freely. It is one of the most sugary languages spoken across country; still very misinterpreted and wrongly portrayed and performed for Bollywood films. ‘PK’ also doesn’t do it flawlessly but certainly the respect is there. For a change, I am not offended this time!
Hirani and Abhijat Joshi’s taut and an almost flawless screenplay gives you ample hilarious as well as heartwarming moments. Anushka Sharma impresses with her sparkling presence very well translated into a lovely & lively character on screen. Saurabh Shukla and Boman Irani are efficiently likeable. Sushant Singh Rajput is charming and plays it cool, though is only for a shorter role. And who wouldn’t agree? The leading man leads like no one does better. Aamir is known to reinvent his acting abilities as well as the commercial cinema in India. This one takes his efforts to the next level. He gives us a multicolored paan-chewing character you will take home immediately.
And if could give you more about the film, I would be writing it hours in row. There is so much to cheer-so much to cherish; you wouldn’t mind it going twice in its first week. I am ready for the evening show. Till then; my only reaction to the film is if Bollywood is meant to follow the latest formula for recreating similar box-office success, are we going to see many more ‘PK’s in coming years? I am sure, the answer is negative.
PK is outstanding! PK doesn’t come to us too often! Go; get a slice of it…NOW!
Review Written By:- Gaurav Rai