PK – A movie buff’s delight!

Published: December 20, 2014
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Everyone who watched PK, have fallen in love with the movie. PHOTO: PK THE FILM FACEBOOK PAGE

PK has undeniably been the most anticipated movie for the last few years. Apart from Aamir Khan’s fans, even film critics have been waiting to see producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s and director Rajkumar Hirani’s combination of magic.

PK revolves around a wide-eyed, rebellious yet innocent stranger in a city who goes by the initials of PK (Aamir) and the people he meets whilst exploring the new city. His journey starts from the middle of Rajasthan where he befriends a man named Bhairon Singh (Sanjay Dutt). Bhairon makes PK feel right at home but eventually, PK has to move on with his journey and so he moves to Delhi where he meets a journalist named Jagat Janani/Jaggu (Anushka Sharma) who is in love with a Pakistani guy named Sarfaraz (Sushant Singh Rajput). What happens next is what PK is all about.

Photo: PK The Film Facebook page

Photo: PK The Film Facebook page

PK is actually a satire on old myths and rituals. Contrary to popular belief, the movie or characters, by no means, mock religion or God – all PK does is ask questions no one has asked before. He is seen as a voice of wisdom and reason. The movie does, however, raise generic questions on religion with an added satirical element to it.

Aamir shines like the star that he is. He proves, yet again, why he has been bestowed with the title “Ace Khan”. This is by far the most atypical, tricky and inquisitive performance and no one else in Bollywood would be able to do justice to such a role. To me, he has carried the entire movie on his shoulders with immense gusto.

Photo: PK The Film Facebook page

In her previous productions, Anushka Sharma came across as very… typical, bordering on stale, but with this film she has added a whole set of different elements to her performance; the result is mesmerising! Her performance was easily at par with Aamirs’ in some of the most intricate and difficult scenes. Her performance is definitely worth a hearty applause.

Photo: PK The Film Facebook page

The movie is filled with cameos or more like, extended cameos. Sanjay is a delight to watch each time, and you can tell that, with Hirani and Chopra making him perform and excel, he was perfectly set in his own comfort zone.

Photo: PK The Film Facebook page

Saurabh Shukla and Boman Irani gave some extraordinary performances as well, while Sushant is as lovable as ever with all his intense scenes coming across as very strong. Last but definitely not the least, was the surprise package in PK – Ranbir Kapoor! Watch out for his surprise appearance – as usual, the audience kept asking for more.

Photo: PK The Film Facebook page

Photo: PK The Film Facebook page

The screenplay, by Hirani and Abhijit Joshi, deserves applause on its own. The dialogues were witty, meaningful and provoked the audience to ponder upon multiple things. The direction, as expected, delivered as promised – first-rate.

Everyone who watched PK, has fallen in love with the movie. Exceptional performances, the thought-provoking storyline, brilliant camera work, the locations and other such factors are what make PK a must-watch for everyone, especially those who prefer performance and quality cinema.

PK is not just a one-time watch; it’s one of those films movie buffs would be proud to have in their libraries. Based on the captivating screenplay, worthy performances and overall entertainment, I am forced to give it a 4.5 out of 5 rating.

Shafiq Ul Hasan

Shafiq Ul Hasan

The author is an avid movie lover and reviews films and dramas regularly. He is a professional digital inbound marketer. He has worked with a silicon valley-based social network as a content analyst. He blogs at www.shafiqsiddiqui.com and tweets as @shafiqulhasan81 (twitter.com/shafiqulhasan81)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    huge Amir Khan fan here. Hugely biased. pretty much a zealot like follower. So yeah ofc my comment is
    “The movie is awesome, everyone, and their grandparents, should watch it”.Recommend

  • Omair

    amazing movie – some people might take this movie in a negative way because of its script but it raised some important questions that how we follow our religion. And apart from that this movie is complete package. 10 out of 10
    Writer shouldn’t have mentioned the surprise entry of Ranbhir Kapoor.Recommend

  • namesake

    What if amir khan had asked critical questions about Quran and the country was pakistan? :P Ask yourselfRecommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    To each their own, but speaking about me, I wouldn’t mind… you know why? Because in Quran a few things are repeatedly written/said

    1 – “Keep Asking”

    2 – “Keep Reading i.e. Iqra” and by reading it means to understand things and get rational/sound answers.

    3 – “Keep Focusing” (i.e. Ghaur Karao)

    Hope an educated and mature mind wouldn’t have problem with the thought.

    Only Sovereignty is not to be questioned, as it’s Love, Passion and Sense of Being Owned. Just like we can’t answer Why We Love Our Parents when we are infants and child, we can’t answer or question Sovereignty (it’s like – take it or leave it)Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    To each their own, but speaking about me, I wouldn’t mind… you know why? Because in Quran a few things are repeatedly written/said

    1 – “Keep Asking”

    2 – “Keep Reading i.e. Iqra” and by reading it means to understand things and get rational/sound answers.

    3 – “Keep Focusing” (i.e. Ghaur Karao)

    Hope an educated and mature mind wouldn’t have problem with the thought.

    Only Sovereignty is not to be questioned, as it’s Love, Passion and Sense of Being Owned. Just like we can’t answer Why We Love Our Parents when we are infants and child, we can’t answer or question Sovereignty (it’s like – take it or leave it)Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    ThanksRecommend

  • roni

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”Recommend

  • roni

    Do not take them as friends…!!! Seriously ?? -__-

    “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.” —4:89Recommend

  • AK

    watched it yesterday, very nice movie ….Recommend

  • Xoxo

    I doubt if Quran says “keep asking” any question. Because that would lead to questioning the religion itself.

    You won’t support “keep asking” while asking people to read the book in one and only one language and asking them to prey 5 times.Recommend

  • Nabeel

    I’m just curious, as to what does a movie need to do or have in it to get a 5.0 rating from you? ?Recommend

  • LondonConverted

    Haha..very good defence..but not good enough..I have already joined EDL english defence league…Recommend

  • joseph

    Beautiful movie Pakistan , go watch it. We are an amazing tolerant people, most of the digs about religion is on the religion of India’s majority. Nothing for you guys to get offended about. Despite that MOST people in our country are taking it positively and haven’t created a ruckus or resorted to violence like… And moreover Pakistan and a character from it has been shown in very positive light. He even gets the leading girl in the end. It will take an entire generation for a Pakistani movie to show the same about an Indian character. Anyway, this is one more example of the positive direction that the majority of India’s heading towards ( in a country with a population of a billion you will find a few loonies ignore them).
    In a trying time for humanity (not just your nation, even we in India are shocked and dismayed at those deaths of those little angels), this movie will be a very very very minute microscopic step towards healing and moving on with eternal memories of those innocent lives. So get rid of your Indian hatred, snuff out hate mongering guys like Hafiz Saeed and Zaid Hamid and rebuild you’re nation while we do the same.

    PS- Reviewer, I’m a fan. I always read your Bollywood reviews and you’re spot on most often, just like this time. But please take away that SPOILER , delete the mention of the special appearance. It’s supposed to be a special surprise. For people who got offended by my comment. Make peace and move on. I’m not open for inane debates. Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Aamir Khan never disappoints. He is the brightest and most shining light of Bollywood.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    A Muslim actor questioning the superstitions in a predominantly Hindu society and this film will go on to make LOTS of money.

    Only in India..Recommend

  • amyth

    If you have watched OMG (O My God) I think movie is very much prdictable. Yet i like the narration and humor implicit in it. A good movie but only one time to watch.Recommend

  • Jor El

    “Only Sovereignty is not to be questioned … ”
    Bro thats a matter of opinion … we can question is as much as we can, n if the answer is satisfactory, take it n if unsatisfactory, leave it …
    regarding ur Q “Why We Love Our Parents when we are infants and child” becoz at that point of time when our minds r impressionable, they take care of us n protect us, comfort us etc etc etc n that bond remains … u wont have that sort of love for someone else’s parent becoz they wudnt do the same for u at that age … all i am trying to say is, everything is questionable, n if u have faith that the answer u get is satisfactory, u can take it or else, leave it …Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    I totally agree with you. And about the spoiler thingy, sorry mate, I will try to keep your request in mind for the upcoming reviews.Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    Realistic approach – I am, by no means, deducting any points as the makers are genius, but to certain extent, for a simpleton or a common man most of the movies are a bit larger than life. Just how I see it…Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    OMG was again a Master Piece. I missed to write its review but seriously it was one of the most entertaining, interesting and logical movies I have watched. It’s in my library. The concept was almost the same but treatment was way too different.Recommend

  • Nisha

    That is a terrible comment. See beyond religion.. stop labeling people by their religion. In case you forgot, Amir Khan has also danced to songs like radha kaise na jale. He is an actor who happens to be muslim and the latter part of his identity should be none of our business. What good is pluralism of India if we keep on congratulating ourselves and pat our own backs as if we are doing someone else a favour by being pluralistic ? India’s pluralism is for India’s own sake… it is not a charity to the minorities.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    and here we have what is called a troll
    why have you quoted this verse out of context, in reply to my comment is so beyond my understanding that perhaps not in three or four lifetimes will I get to bottom of this.
    but seeing that you have quoted it, I will explain it to you(Yes my explanation can be quoted, after all, I hold two religious degrees)
    So here goes.
    The verse you quoted, out of context, is actually a part of a long discussion which begins in the preceding surah of Al-Anfal. the context which you ommitted, is that the polytheists have broken their agreements time and time again. The muslims act upon the agreement and dont fight them, but time and time again they kill muslims. So, enough is enough, and now muslims are allowed to defend themselves. This was a common practice of the opponents that even though they said that the holy Prophet was the greatest man of thier time, they called him Sadiq and Ameen, but they always reneged on their agreements. The Holy Prophet did not even retaliate because he had agreed not to fight them. seeing this, the Almighty God allowed the muslims to retaliate against such atrocities.
    A word to the wise: Without context any text, holy or otherwise, can be misinterpreted. So try to read the context before jumping to conclusion.Recommend

  • Nupur Chowdhury

    Whatever. As the film sayd obsession with anything (including religion) is unhealthy.Recommend

  • marik

    Waiting for the day a Muslim makes such a movie where similar questions are asked of Islam especially on questions like apostasy, takfir, and muslim women marrying non-muslimsRecommend

  • hp kumar

    r we looking for censorship really??Another controversial movie Bajrangi Bhaijan in pipeline..Our movie makers r crossing the line..Even developed west wouldnot allow scripts with contents which touches raw nerve of masses..Recommend

  • Harristarr McLennon

    A Hindu points out the fact that the actor, a muslim, is questioning his hindu religion

    Only in IndiaRecommend

  • L.

    Taking verses out of context is exactly how the Taliban have been taught, no different to how YOU perceive Islam. Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    You are probably the only person i know who is complaining about a spoiler in a comment which contains one!Recommend

  • joseph

    Yikes, I thought you’re talking about the special appearance, but I now realized you’re talking about one character’s romantic end. Sorry about that. My bad.
    But the main point of the post was to show people that it is a bold bold movie, and despite a few fanatics raising a few objections. India as a whole have lapped up the movie and are going gaga over it. The Sunny Deol days are over, Indian filmmakers don’t shy away from portraying the arch nemesis in positive light. Haider was another epic movie which actually took a dig at the army and spoke about the Kashmiri voice (I still can’t fathom, why Pakistan would ban that movie from releasing). A similar thing in Pakistan : taking a dig at their army will be unheard off. We are super proud that new India (the young gen) is leaving the bitter taste of the last century behind and taking massive strides in this century. Democracy is alive, Freedom of expression and creativity is thriving. (Yes, there are a few discerning fanatics who have taken offense, but they are too few and their voices are drowned out by the liberal and progressive voices). Even Hollywood wouldn’t have shown Russia so positively in the hey days of the cold war.

    India by no means is a utopia we are light-years away from it. But we are on the right track.. Ideally, if everyone just concentrated on the development of their own country and not bother each other. The people of sub-continent will be the only one to benefit. But for some reason some nut-cases don’t get that.Recommend

  • joseph

    Thank you for your response. Looking forward to more such reviews. You also have to watch a few South-Indian movies and review them. They are simply awesome. Don’t get influenced by the stereotype that South Movies are loud and flashy. Those are just a handful of masala mass entertainers which cater to a certain audience, the majority of south movies especially the ones made in Tamil and Malayalam are very creative. Bollywood is not the sole- representative of Indian CinemaRecommend

  • joseph

    I agree, this didn’t warrant a 5, but I’m just curious how much did you rate 3-idiots and Taare Zaamein Par.Recommend

  • ak

    So this is your way of justification. You find them and you slay them ? which god would even say them. At max you can say fight the ills, defeat them.. not slay/captive the idolaters.
    And why bunch them as idolaters? Even in Gita you are supposed to fight evils ,not pursuer of any specific faith or community.
    And you guys trying to support this. Even disgusting is too mild for thisRecommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    wow, your trolling level just increased by 100. Did you even bother to read my comment? Every LAW in the modern world allows for retaliation. muslims were not even retaliating , then they were allowed to retaliate. Read my comment before starting your troll.Recommend

  • Nabeel Khan

    I agree..I kept revisiting OMG in my head. However, there is a critical difference

    OMG is the view of religion from someone who has given up on it whereas PK was more about how the alien will view contradictions in the faith based system… I believe both Paresh Rawal and Aamir Khan out did themselves.. sadly both resorted to close on religion being the uniting force for all!Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    I actually am a fan of Tollywood (They are best at masala entertainment) and Bengali movies (love them for their script / direction and dealing). Sadly I don’t understand the language, hence I watch the dubbed versions. Allu Arjun, Rituparna Sen, Rahul Bose, Raima Sen, Nag Arjuna and Rajnikant are my all time favorites…Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    Taare Zameen Par was definitely a 4.75
    and 3 Idiots was 3.75
    After all, there can’t be ideal gas, in reality! Right?Recommend

  • Ram

    Shafiq it’s pretty you missed entire point of Movie PK, one thing you learn from Movie you don’t take man made religious believes, when you quote Quran most of the time you are really quoting a local Mullah and sometime it is your interpretation.

    The point is tolerance my friend you don’t have to defend Quran we all respect Quran as we respect Geetha or Bible or any other holy book we have tolerance to any religion after all India is a birth place of many religion

    You need to have courage to question these Mullah’s who thinks they are above any god

    Try again to answer the question and this time with all honesty and courageRecommend

  • ak

    Not everyone who disagrees with you is a troll .
    2nd not only i read your comment , i got a severe headache by reading the bigotry in that. Did you even read the response by me? Did i say there should be no response?
    But if you response is to slay/ambush, may god have mercy on merciless souls like you. Learn to read the replies before you give advise to others on reading.
    I think teachings like these are the reason , Islam is in such a bad shape.
    Open your eyes, remove these hatredness and bigotry . Time is a big teacher my dear, it forgives none.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    huge Amir Khan fan here. Hugely biased. pretty much a zealot like follower. So yeah ofc my comment is
    “The movie is awesome, everyone, and their grandparents, should watch it”.

    THIS is my comment. It was trolled by this roni guys.
    Please show me how your is related to this. I commented on the movie, I said it was good, I said Amir Khan is good. Where is Islam in that?Recommend

  • A Chowdhury

    The movie does not mock religion but it does make a fun of the followers by saying “Jo darta hain woh mandir jata hain”. I would like to remind Amir that it was not expected form him to generalize this, in that case, even I can say that he visited Mecca 2 years ago with his mother for haj. Was he afraid of Allah then ?

    To remind him further, it is Quran that is written “fear Allah…… for he is the most merciful”. Recommend

  • KlingOn2K

    Really? You believe that?? At least there’s one optimist on this subject. Then again, reality is something else.Recommend

  • KlingOn2K

    If this movie takes one little step in making religion just a little less relevant, it would be a step in the right direction. The region has way too much of it. It is time real education took priority over fairy tales.Recommend

  • abhi

    If you guys like this movie, please watch “Badi door se aye hain” on Sab TV. I think it has more humor.Recommend

  • Freeman

    The militants are constantly questioning sovereignty and are mostly unchallenged. Some regions – the tribal areas, K-P – are quite ungovernable and sovereignty remains a mirage. The movie does sound like fun and thought-provoking. Aamir Khan stands out as being associated with some remarkable movies and TV programs. Kudos to him and others involved with PK. How does this author gain access to new movies in the U.S. when they have not been released yet?Recommend

  • Freeman

    Ram, if we all respected the Holy Books you mentioned, then where would individual religions be today in their quest to prove theirs are holier than thou? (It is also unreasonable to expect everyone, except the tiny number of comparative religion scholars, to have read any or all these books, or digested them. I remember a furious but futile back-and-forth from a previous blog (the one by Bisma Tirimzi?) where no closed minds were opened.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    How many pakistanis r like sushant singh character in real life??I think none.. this movie is out of touch of real lifeRecommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    Hindus can laugh at their Gods and Goddesses (except some right wingers who have no sense of humor anyway). So, you find caricaturing of gods in bollywood and in many south indian movies. “Oh my God” is a movie wherein Akshay kumar comes as Krishna which saw some superb acting by Paresh Rawal who goes to court to sue God. It is a take on an Australian movie. Ganesha has been caricatured in movies, comic books and recently there have been animation movies on mythologies.
    The point is: the less you take your religion seriously, the more tolerant you will be.
    From the talk shows, media coveage in Pakistan, it seems to me that Pakistanis wear their religion on their sleeves.Recommend

  • reply

    Muslim women cant marry non muslim men.

    Muslim men can marry to those relegion’s women who has 4 holy books e.g Christans (as Bible was revealed on JESUS (HAZRAT ISSA A.S)Recommend

  • reply

    Nailed it!. Exactly thats what Taliban do tell (incomplete) few parts of verse. Roni My bro understand ISLAM, then read Quran then talk. :) Thats why being a muslim I cant blame any other relegion until i know why and what they believe

    (soz for grammar)Recommend

  • KlingOn2K

    Indeed. The terrorists “keep asking” about the 72 hoors.Recommend

  • Saher

    And what makes you think there are none?Recommend

  • http://melbournecup2016horses.com/ Emma Watson

    I hate PK movie. Recommend