Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)
Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Saurabh Shukla, Boman Irani
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
What’s Good: A story with multiple layers that deal with human emotions at its best. This film is exemplary of what we call unravelling the true human nature and at its best the Indian way of living. We are the ones who break laws, believe in unworthy and fraud Godmen, take each other’s lives in the name of religion and in this upside down world when a person like PK enters, there is a lot to explore.
What’s Bad: Just when you are enjoying the first half with its wit, the second half turns out a little disappointing when you are served worth a little bit of over the top drama. Rest assures, I cannot find flaws in the work of Rajkumar Hirani who certainly knows how to connect emotions and give away a social message.
Loo break: No! You don’t want to miss what PK is about to do next!
Watch or Not?: Definitely watch. PK is a rare film, they do not make them like that anymore. This one is a delight for all its silly, comic, serious and witty nature all rolled into one. There is little to disagree with in this film and certainly if you want to sit, laugh and still go home thinking and reviewing some of your daily actions. Watch it for all its novel ideas and the innocence with which PK conveys them.
PK is certainly nothing you have ever seen before. Keeping in mind that suspense is a key element here I will not disclose any spoilers.
When a heartbroken Jagat Janini (Anushka Sharma) returns to India from Bruges, she meets the unusual PK (Aamir Khan) and tags along with him on his journey. She is a journalist who is trying to find a story worth telling but what she finds in PK is much more than a story but a dear friend who is stuck in a problem that she will help him solve.
PK is a satire on God and Godmen and also on certain simplistic ways of living that we put up with and when a stranger called PK questions these beliefs and ideas, the lives of Jagat Janini and all around her are about the film
PK Review: Script Analysis
Rarely do we come across films which have the quality to stay with you but this film is one of them. In a country like India topics such as Religion and God are only spoken about in unwatched documentaries which are often on the radar of religious groups and more often than not, they are banned. Taking this topic commercially and presenting it a comic manner, Rajkumar Hirani stuns us and PK is certainly a masterpiece of sorts coming from him.
Abhijat Joshi requires a special mention for the dialogues and mind you the ‘Bhojpuri’ language connection is worth knowing. While the film’s dialogue promos gave the feel that this has a good chunk of witty comedy, well the theater watch goes a notch higher as you end up laughing only to realize the kind of world we live in and not long after you will get self-critical about our way of life.
Even though a lot of people may compare it to OMG! Oh My God, I would defend PK to be much more. The only haphazard part in the film seems to be Sushant Singh Rajput’s role which is wrapped up way earlier in the first half itself.
PK Review: Star Performances
Undoubtedly, Aamir Khan gives his best performance. The actor is simply lovable as PK and truly the character’s innocence drives you. The actor is known to opt for roles that are not simple and yet again he proves his acting mettle. He never seizes to lose our attention and he is just apt for pulling off this role.
Anushka Sharma too is lovely as Jagat Janini. She is the narrator and it is great to see the actress come this far. She looks fresh in her pixie cut and is a delight to watch.
As always Hirani’s films have a knack for having amazing side characters and here Sourabh Shukla does much of it. He is excellent as the pseudo-godmen that hit the headlines every now and then.
Boman Irani and Sanjay Dutt too are a treat to watch even in their small roles.
A special mention to Ranbir Kapoor for his cameo. Watch out for it!
PK Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Rajkumar Hirani proves with this film that he is certainly one of Bollywood’s finest directors. His films are an experience and it is amazing how PK unfolds in layers as a film. With a strong social message, Hirani presents this film as a sugar coated bitter tablet. This comic dose of reality is a must for everyone. Like always he does not move away from a commercial angle and so even when the angles of love come to the story, he makes sure they are well blended.
Every song is situational and so you enjoy the PK music quite well with its storyline. Chaar Kadam is a beautiful watch and Anushka and Sushant’s chemistry is good.
The first half will leave in splits with its witty comedy but the second half drags a little towards the end. Hirani gets a little carried away with the story in the second half when Sushant Singh’s character is dragged again for a brief moment and to give Jagat Janini her happy ending. Otherwise, the film is just perfect with its multiple social messages and thought provoking nature.
PK Review: The Last Word
PK is a must watch and surely ends 2014 on a good note. When there is a confluence of smart direction, excellent content and an actor like Aamir Khan at hand, there is little that can go wrong. If you don’t end up asking the same questions as PK to yourself, then you may want to consider yourself an alien. I am going with a 3.5 /5 for this film.
PK releases on 19th December, 2014.
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