PK ~ Review

PK stars Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma, in one of the biggest films of 2014. Komal Shastri-Khedkar provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

PK Review

By now, Rajkumar Hirani has patented the formula of a commercial, entertaining and socially relevant film which people would enjoy yet go home with something to reflect upon.

In the past, Hirani confronted the medical institution in India, he then enriched us with his unique ‘Gandhigiri’ and with 3 Idiots he challenged the education system of the country.

Every film was commercially and critically successful and no one dared to question the thought behind his films because deep down inside we all knew that he was correct.

PK Review

So five years later, the same kind looking, ever-smiling, moustached director has come to us with his film PK which thoroughly entertains us with its loveable characters, hilarious dialogues and a topic that most of us either talk about or follow blindly, some get offended by and some prefer to not question it at all – Religion and Godmen!

The story is shown from the point of view of a very child-like ‘alien’ who lands in Rajasthan, naked like a baby and as the child in him explores Earth, he, very innocently, begins to question the norms of the society and the new concept to him called religion.

A hilarious, entertaining satire on religion and the Godmen, which never gets too preachy.
Aamir Khan has outdone himself in the titular role. Anushka too plays a peppy character.
Raju Hirani sticks to his formula of entertainment with social awareness and never disappoints.
Visually the film is mediocre, however with a film like this we tend to ignore its production value.
Music is melodious, mediocre and unmemorable and sometimes unnecessary.
PK is a thoroughly enjoyable, feel-good film which would make you question certain things in life.

Hirani and his writer Abhijat Joshi leave no one! Right from Hindus, Muslims, Christians, everyone is questioned yet in a fun and tender way that only Hirani can.

In a country where people are killed for religion, Raju Hirnani takes on a subject which necessitates bravery but entertains and educates the audience in the least offensive or preachy way possible. PK speaks like an innocent, free from care child who makes sense.

PK is high on emotions, laughter quotient and drama. However as much as the first half of the film entertains us, the second half gets a little sloppy and overtly dramatic. Though at times the script fails, the lead character remains the life of the film and carries it on his shoulders.

The unnecessary over dramatic climax and the compulsory hero falling in love with heroine plot, also the India-Pakistan void distracts us for a while and is a ‘bhest of time’ which even challenges our logic and makes us come out of the first half which we thoroughly enjoyed without even blinking once.

Raju Hirani plays with a lot of bold and vibrant colours to make his feel look alive and to attach a feel-good factor to it.

Aamir Khan as PK is exceptionally brilliant and is the heart and soul of the film. He has outdone himself and though dressed shabbily, with his paan-stained-lips and his elf like ears manages to make us fall in love with his character. He makes us forgive the fact that he once did a film called Dhoom 3.

Anushka too, who usually plays a loud Punjabi character manages to underperform really well and be a charm to watch on-screen.

Saurabh Shukla, one the best actors in Bollywood plays his character so well that we almost successfully start hating him.

The music of the film is strictly average and you will forget the songs by the year end already. The lyrics are quirky and fresh and the music too is melodious, just nothing extraordinary.

My only complaint about the film is that as an audience member I was kept in anticipation for long, I was promised a film like never before and yet when I watched the film, it had striking similarities with Akshay Kumar’s Oh My God and Martin Feldman’s In God we trust! I felt betrayed at times, especially by Raju Hirani.

However, all in all, PK is a thoroughly enjoyable, feel-good film which would make you question things in life. Like they say, saving the best for the last, PK really is one of the best of the year 2014, saved for the last. Enjoy the film with your friends, family over the holidays and come out smiling from ear to ear.

Komal is a cinéaste, who believes she was born to love films. Apart from working as assistant Director in Bollywood, she finds herself doing photography or watching Simpsons. “All I have in life is my imagination and I love it that way!”