Sunday, December 21, 2014

PK - Review

Photo Courtsey PK's Official FB page
Came back after watching PK a couple of hours back, and was getting my thoughts together for a review. In the meanwhile happened to glance at the Twitter trending topics in India, expecting some Aamir Vs SRK fireworks. One of the top trending topics in India right now is #BoycottPK. We don't come across irony this thick even in our movies. 

Yes, it's got a bit of E. T. (Koi Mil Gaya), Forrest Gump, and a lot of OMG. The music is slightly below the usual Rajkumar Hirani (RKH) standard, though very hummable, and the message is in your face, and underlined in bright pink just in case you manage to miss it. But the trend tells me all of that is completely besides the point. 

PK is more of what a junior school moral science video should be like (which we don't show in our schools) with some of the biggest stars in the country, espousing a cause which shouldn't even require hundreds of crores of rupees to send the message. But we're a large country with high illiteracy rates and years of divide based on religious grounds, and I admire the makers and the actors for taking up a project like this. They have no obligations to equally represent every religion to prove a point, but to be fair to them, they do make an effort to not totally single out one. 

The movie is about the simple message of removing middlemen between us and the Almighty. Though perhaps not as relatable as the 'Jadoo ki jhappi' of Munnabhai M.B.B.S  or 'Gandhigiri' of Lage Raho Munnabhai, 'Wrong Number' of PK is a message which is more universal than a cursory viewing of the movie suggests. With hashtags like #BoycottPK it becomes that much more evident how dire the situation is and why we need movies like this to get even a few minds to raise some questions.

My request to you will be to criticize the movie as much as you want from a cinematic perspective, and the plot has enough holes to be unable to cover Aamir Khan's modesty, but please watch the movie and ask a few others to do so too. PK is vulnerable and innocent and requires our support. 

It's very easy for superstars like Aamir Khan to churn trash and make Rs. 200 crores, and many of his contemporaries do so every year without fail. Glad that he used his reach to try and make a difference, while making the 200 crores. I am glad that WeSupportPK started to trend in the meanwhile.

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