Social message delivered in a genuinely funny & witty story – PK | Aamir Khan | Rajkumar Hirani | Movie Review

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PK – Movie Review

Release Date: 19th December 2014

Planet Movies Rating: * * * 1/2 / 5

pk – perhaps the last highly anticipated bollywood film of the year 2014 produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, written by Rajkumar Hirani & Abhijaat Joshi, the duo who have given us the 2009 blockbuster hit 3 Idiots have yet again delivered an interesting screenplay which is a satire on God & Godmen seen through the eyes of an alien from an outsider perspective.

Though much of the crux of the film story has already been witnessed by the audience in Oh ! My God of Paresh Rawal, pk packages the same theme in an entirely different premise  of an alien’s story.

Aamir Khan plays an alien in the film who lands literally in his birthday suite on earth from another planet. His remote controller gets stolen without which he cannot send back signals to his spaceship for them to pick him up back to his planet.

Around the same time, we witness a heart broken small love story between Sushant Singh Rajput & Anushka Sharma. Anushka Sharma’s father has a fixation with a godman & depends on his advice for critical decision making in his life.

Aamir Khan meets Sanjay Dutt who plays Bhairo Singh bandwala, which paves the way to some witty & funny situations like the one where Aamir Khan needs to hold hands of some person for about 5-6 hours to pick up speaking hindi language. Sanjay Dutt informs Aamir that he needs to leave to Delhi to find the thief & the remote controller which was stolen.

Aamir meets Anushka who is now a TV reporter in Delhi. Anushka’s motives to help Aamir in the beginning is to get him to interview on her TV channel to improve the TRPs of her news TV channel. Aamir goes in search of God to get help from him to get back his remote controller locket & this again leads to humorous situations in the film.
Whether Aamir will be able to get hold of his remote controller which is now with the Godman played by Saurabh  Shukla & will Anushka get back her lost love forms the story plot of the film pk.

pk the film as a satire, remarks at the ways of the world in India where Gandhi’s photo has value only on the rupee note. People have to hide their skin in public & can fight over religion & caste in open but they cannot make love in public & much of the love making happens in the so called ‘dancing cars’ in the film.

Similar to all is well in 3 Idiots & Get well soon/Gandhigiri in Munnabhai, Rajkumar Hirani has tried to make ‘wrong number hai’ as a catch phrase, used at times when we witness people getting fooled & duped in the name of religion. This part of the film is most endearing.

Boman Irani, Sourabh Shukla & Sushant Singh Rajput have played their parts well but pk as a show mostly belongs to Aamir Khan & Anushka Sharma who share most of the screenplay throughout the film. The cameo by Ranbir Kapoor is a sweet surprise.

The film loses its grip a bit in second half with the love portions between Aamir & Anushka. It could have been made a bit more interesting & funny. The songs & music of the film is melody oriented & love is a waste of time song is the pick of the lot from the average music score of the film.

The climax portion of the film belongs to Aamir Khan where he delivers the social message that the god who has created us is the real god & the God which man has made for his selfish motives to make money is fake.

Rajkumar Hirani’s story telling shines through the film which helps him deliver a serious message in a commercial pot-boiler. Though much of this social message was delivered in Oh ! My God earlier, pk is worth a watch & enjoyable to witness Aamir’s histrionics as an innocent alien who doesn’t know how to lie.

Reviewed by – Madhukar KR (krmadhukar@nehamediahouse.in)

Cast

Directed by Rajkumar Hirani
Produced by Rajkumar Hirani
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Screenplay by Abhijat Joshi
Rajkumar Hirani
Starring Aamir Khan
Anushka Sharma
Sushant Singh Rajput
Boman Irani
Saurabh Shukla
Sanjay Dutt
Music by Ajay Atul
Shantanu Moitra
Ankit Tiwari
Cinematography C. K. Muraleedharan
Edited by Rajkumar Hirani
Production
company
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • 19 December 2014
Running time 153 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR85 crore(US$14 million)[2][3]
Box office INR27 crore(US$4.4 million)[4][5][6] on the first day.

 

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