Picture Post-Mortem: PK

PK in a nutshell: Aamir Khan wanted ‘Gharwaapsi’. And no religion could help him do that. And Rajkumar Hirani to Raja hain stories ke.

PK in long-form: I thought 3 Idiots is the best a man can do. Probably it is, and I wouldn’t like to compare the two Hirani-Aamir ventures. That said, PK is a bold approach at film-making, coming at a time when communal flares are getting stoked at every possible opportunity.

The opportunity to learn is here. The nation learnt ‘Gandhigiri’, got to know the actual path to ‘follow your heart’, all through the different films that Hirani brought to the screens. Sheer magic. And revolution.

Rarely has an attempt been made to invoke the higher principles of Indian belief. Hirani targeted the esteemed pillar of ‘education and stability’ in his film ‘3 Idiots’, based on Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Five Point Someone’. This time it’s the revered foundation of ‘belief and superstition’.

It’s a disbelief that some people are calling to ‪#‎BoycottPK‬. Because it tells something really true. Do away with the greed, the impure interference between you and your God. Because it’s the human understanding which has differed the meaning, and some people have exploited that loophole, that ‘wrong number’. PK tells you that here, people say something while they may mean something entirely different.

In one of the montage sequences, a man looks into the camera and says, “Why should I convert to a different religion? It’s the God’s will because of which I am born into this faith. Why should I go against Him?” It raises a lot of pertinent questions. Thankfully, there are no answers, no preachy way of hand-holding to a moral. It lets you think and understand. To know what’s wrong. To ponder over the same situations you laughed through the film.

Aamir Khan is phenomenal in his role. And so is Saurabh Shukla, who plays the role of a ‘Dharm ka rakshak Swami’. Anushka supports her role and protruding lips quite well in the movie. But somewhere in my heart, I would have preferred a wider canvas to Boman Irani and Sushant Singh Rajput. But those are my personal grouse. I will pray for a sequel.

The film is laced with satires. So, so much cleverness. Salute! There’s a brilliant scene involving money and Gandhi’s photographs, then a scene where PK dresses up like a policeman. The dialogues are clever, and makes the narrative smooth. This is both entertainment and a sumptuous food for thought. So Khaake, PK, khush raho. God loves happy faces.

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