Friday, 19 December 2014

PK is praiseworthy and must watch film for AamirKhan’s remarkable role and Rajkumar Hirani’s maverick direction.

Rajkumar Hirani's first movie in five years is a warm, funny and piercingly provocative satire that should blow the blues away. 

After direction of 3 Idiots in 2009 it took five years for Rajkumar Hirani to find the perfect story to make a come back. Obviously he was making sure he only lives up to the sky high expectations and raises the bar once again.

In Munna Bhai MBBS he raised the questions on the medical system, in Lage Raho Munna Bhai he established Gandhigiri and in 3 Idiots it was Rancho doing his own number and questioning the education system. Now Rajkumar Hirani takes on the much hyped Godmen in India. Yes the tale is similar to the 2012 release Oh My God in which Paresh Rawal's character questions God and Godmen. The resemblance is just in the idea but Hirani's PK is an extra level all together.

PK, buoyed by a wonderful script and outstanding acting all around, is an inspiring fantasy that springs a surprise at every turn but never overplays its hand.  It comes as close to storytelling perfection as any mainstream Hindi movie has done in living memory. It has great songs, beautifully filmed musical set pieces, brilliant pacing and nary a moment that flags. 

Jaggu (Anushka Sharma) a correspondent student in Belguim falls in love with Sarfaraz (Sushant Singh) from Pakistan. Her family back in New Delhi believes in a Hindu Godman who predicts that Sarfaraz will dump her which leads to some bewilderment and in no time a heartbroken Jaggu heads back home.

An alien has landed somewhere in Rajasthan and his locket which is his only way to return is stolen by a local. He has never seen humans in clothes and then starts the joyride as one by one the alien questions every manmade belief just like a child. After looking for his locket he is finally said that only God can help him no matter what the problem may be.

His dressing and behavior is peculiar so the name given to him is PK. He soon bumps into Jaggu on a Delhi metro while he is distributing pamphlets which say if anybody finds God they should contact PK. Jaggu who now works as a reporter in a news channels finds PK fascinating and follows him till she gets his story out. At first shy Jaggu eventually decides to help PK. His locket is with a popular Godman and it's not going to be easy to get it back.

Aamir Khan this time in the title role is simply awesome! From his physique to the language the actor has left no stone unturned to put in his best for this role. His expressions do most of the talking! Aamir revels in the character of the wide-eyed, fearless rebel who dares to challenge the societal and religious structures that encourage bigotry and distrust. Anushka Sharma has a reasonably important role. She looks beautiful and puts in sincere efforts to entertain. Sanjay Dutt who we see in parts is magnificent. Sushant Singh Rajput has only a cameo in PK but in the handful of scenes that he is in - including one in the run-up to the climax that ratchets up emotions and energetically pulls the heartstrings - he gives a great account of himself.

Music by Ajay Atul, Shantanu Moitra and Ankit Tiwari is upright and goes well with the story but it's not very different from Hirani's past movies. Screenplay by Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani is tremendous. They put together a firm script with no loopholes.

If I had not seen Oh My God (2012) then PK would be a pleasant surprise but that doesn't take away anything from this work of art.

At a running time of approximately three hours PK entertains you every minute and brings in surprises one after the other.

PK is a champion in all the way, a movie that Raj Kapoor, Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt would have been proud of had they been alive. Rajkumar Hirani is without a doubt – a maverick director. 

P.K. is dialectic on religion on the big screen, without much of the splendor of cinematic technique. It is rooted in dialogue, scene and character, as are Hirani’s other movies. But the director’s biggest feat is the idea, its natural translation and its politics. Someone in the broad stroke canvas of populist Hindi cinema has finally spoken on behalf of the atheist.

All the credit for this goes to the captain of the ship, the brilliant filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani who has raised the bar once again. 

In general, PK is praiseworthy and must watch film for AamirKhan’s remarkable role and Rajkumar Hirani’s maverick direction.

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