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PK Review

by Rajat Srivastav

written on December 19, 2014 – 10 am EST.

 

PK versus PK…Aamir versus Hirani

 

Let’s hit the point straight. Here the debate is not if the movie is worth a watch. It definitely is and no questions about it. The debate here is whether it surpasses the actor and director's previous works or not. Will it go down as one of the finest movies produced or not !!!

Who wins , PK the character or PK the movie ?

 

A writer's block is a condition where a writer loses his ability to produce new work. Bollywood's block has been there for years unless a Rajkumar Hirani or a Mani Ratnam or a Rakesh Omprakash , or an RGV (way back) or perhaps an Aditya Chopra (once only) shakes them all up, temporarily though, with something which we know as path-breaking cinema. So let me pose a question here ;

 

Is PK truly path breaking cinema ?

 

Not really if you would look at story nuances and the basic premise of God, Religion and Managers of God which has also been aptly presented in an erstwhile Oh My God.  PK has a simple story of a child-like having lost its toy and instead of crying, he starts running, searching, stealing and questioning. So as he questions almost everything right from condoms to currency, religion and God, he unassumingly 'unearths' human , of its beliefs, of its ways and most importantly, the whole perspective around the creator of universe. And in doing so, Rajkumar Hirani has created a cinematic character who can be presented in as many ways as a Munnabhai series conceivably.  He's created a franchise here.

 

So the child-like's journey is fascinating and charming and the movie though an enthralling watch might not get to the bracket of iconic cinema. Hence not the cinema but that character creation right from build-up to culmination is definitive and to a large extent path-breaking !

 

By the cinematic standards, he has set for himself; even Hirani's above average work would also be rated genius amidst his contemporaries. The only reason why PK would be rated below Munnabhai series too, would be because the focus on central character looms so large that the other primary and secondary characters are not given an opportunity to nurture as seen in his earlier works which makes a movie great. It has LOL moments even ROFL moments , tear-jerking sequences, romantic endeavors and satirical verses but the Hirani magic is missing ! It’s very good but we expected it to be great !

 

You also experience some mind-games where the director first builds up a anti-religion trip , even showcases a tragedy to accentuate the negative feel and then suddenly pushes it to sweeter than positive is well-thought and nicely executed. However there are a lot of sequences which can be missed and your movie experience won't suffer much. Layered story telling helps it further where viewer tries to fill in the missing dots. Can’t reveal though you will have to experience all this.

 

And a last word, a movie's truly brilliant when a reviewer forgets all about reviewing and starts feeling the movie. It does happen but with some breaks.

 

Would not be wrong if we say , the other characters have been over-shadowed and their performances though impeccable give way to Aamir Khan's towering performance. you will love to compare Bhuvan to PK to Rancho.

 

So closing out on the debate, it will definitely be ranked as Aamir's top three works so far. Cannot say the same about Hirani, who's too brilliant to be judged but his obsession and focus for character PK somehow diluted the overall movie feel a wee bit.

 

Relatively, the movie is brilliant and several notches higher than all other seen in recent times.

****1/2


PK review from other sources

BollywoodHungama 4.5/5

Being a film that deals with the topic of God and Godmen, audiences are bound to draw a few similarities between PK and the previously released Akshay Kumar-Paresh Rawal starrer OMG OH MY GOD! But while latter dealt with a lay man asking some prominent questions about God and the almighty himself coming down to earth, PK differs with an alien not directly questioning God, but instead questioning the belief system that humans have created to reach God. But with high level of anticipation and a massive release (approximately 5000 screens domestically and 800+ screens overseas), PK is sure to create new box-office records. 

On the whole, Aamir Khan's PK is a solid entertainer that will surely entertain the masses and classes alike. An outstanding film. Go for it.

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filmibeat.com /5

PK movie is all that you anticipated, a paisa-vasool entertaining movie that will enthrall you for sure. PK is a must and should theater watch, so book you tickets soon and catch the movie on the big screen.

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NDTV 5/5

PK is a winner all the way, a film that Raj Kapoor, Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt would have been proud of had they been alive. Rajkumar Hirani is without a doubt their most worthy standard-bearer.

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Glamsham.com 3.5/5

PK is a simple film with a strong message-of love, peace and humanity. That is what every religion teaches us. If only we humans understand that. The message by Pope Francis last week [at the start of the review], aptly sums up the situation.

We all need a change of heart! It's a pity an Alien has to teach us that!!

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BharatStudent 3.5/5

The first half goes about with elements of comedy, some interesting moments and the interval bang was interesting. The second half slows down a bit and takes the fizz away but it has its own share of bright moments. Overall, the film works due to the hype, the performances, the message and the stars. At the box office, a blockbuster looks certain on the cards.

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IndiaGlitz 3/5

PK is sublime cinematic achievement speaking the unique ala Hirani language of cinema creating another milestone in the careers of Aamir Khan (his best act till date), Raju Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and UTV.

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TeluguCinema.com 3.5/5

PK is a sensitive but intelligent; Hiralious but emotional; and a Feel good movie which can be watched for sure without a second thought.

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BehindWoods.com 3.25/5

PK is a film to stay in everyone’s heart for a while, letting open thoughts about religion and the belief system that we have lived on, throughout our lives. India being such a diverse nation, this film ought to question the worth of diversity in terms of religious communities.

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TimesOfIndia.com 4/5

Anushka presents a sprightly show while Boman Irani stands out as a TV channel head. Some supporting acts and special effects could've been sharper though while at points, editor Raju Hirani should've been sterner with director Raju Hirani in trimming tighter scenes. Between gods, frauds, love and bombs, there are multiple threads here.

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ApunKaChoice.com 3/5

PK is a film one would strongly recommend to the people of blind faith. It can shatter some deep-rooted beliefs, and that too with tongue-in-cheek humour. 

In short, PK is an eminently watchable film. It’s good but not great. It’s funny but flawed.

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SantaBanta.com 3.5/5

"PK" is a perfect commercial cine potpourri which is different in its approach, sends across a noble message, makes one introspect. That too while entertaining you with its rational satires, emotions and performances of the protagonists twitching it. Hence keeping view those contending moments embedded in PK, I am going ahead with 3.5 out of 5 stars for this Aamir Khan starrer which may not get registered in the history of Indian cinema but it is surely worth a dekko.

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Sify.com 4.5/5

It's amazing that the makers thought of bringing us such an entertaining and thought- provoking film through the eyes of this unique character. Perhaps we all need a PK with us. As PK says, Earth ki to lulli baji hui hai.

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Rediff.com 4/5

PK is no satire -- it's a bit too toothless for that -- but it is a rollicking mainstream entertainer with ambition to evoke some introspection, one with compelling moments and some genuine surprises.

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NowRunning.com 3.9/5

The deficit in the screenplay aside, the director in Hirani shines again. Every other department of filmmaking is top notch. Even the songs, which did not quite impress as an independent album, blends perfectly well into the film. It is a film that has the Hirani stamp all over it - an entertainer with a message. And of course it too has tremendous repeat value. And yet, PK is not Hirani's best!

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  • Rajkumar Hirani
  • Rajkumar Hirani
    Vidhu Vinod Chopra
    Siddharth Roy Kapur
  • Ajay-Atul
    Shantanu Moitra
  • CK Muraleedharan
  • Rajkumar Hirani
  • Abhijat Joshi
    Rajkumar Hirani
    Aamir Khan
    Sreerag Nambiar
  • Abhijat Joshi
  • Vidyashree Films
    Rajkumar Hirani Films
    UTV Motion Pictures
  • Dec 19, 2014
  • 152 Min.
  • Hindi