A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, P.K.'s innocent questions and childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting-go.
A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, P.K.'s innocent questions and childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting-go. less
“Rajkumar Hirani's simplistic storytelling + Aamir Khan's sheer talent = A wonderfully touching film called PK ”
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In Finding Forrester, the author says to Jamal, 'You've taken something of mine and made it your own." Perhaps, the makers of K-Pax will say the same to Raj Kumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Funnily, the credits haven't been shared on the wiki or anywhere that I've noticed. Raj Kumar Hirani has a lovely penchant to pick others' ideas and add plenty of Indianness to them, making them entertaining enough to indulge the less discerning crowds of our country. No wonder, all his movies are money-spinning machines. You have to give it to him, on how he turns the story around beautifully, adding the right elements and removing the unnecessary ones. For example, K-Pax ends beautifully, with an element of dilemma and an element of philosophy, that tends to ask, "Does it really matter if you know the answer", whereas in PK, it is spoon-fed to the audience anyway.
PK revolves around an alien(Aamir Khan), from another planet, who loses his remote and thereby, his gateway back to his own place. He has to figure out a way of finding the remote. When a lot of people reply to him in the same way, "Bhagwaan jaane", he decides to seek God. Thus starts, a religion versus logic race. PK gets embroiled in the beautiful maze that man has created in this world. He questions our mannerisms, our habits, our way of doing things. He is mesmerised by the way we use the easily confusing means of language as opposed to the telepathy of his planet. (Something the director forgets himself and unnecessarily inserts a flaw in the end). In his journey, PK meets a selfless reporter Jaggu(Anushka) who tries to help him find his remote.
In many ways, PK is a 'typical' Rajkumar Hirani movie. From Jaadu ki Jhappi, Gandhigiri and All is Well, he has moved on now to the 'wrong number' concept, the concept that misleads everyone about who or what god is. It has the typical 'common man involvement' that makes its appearance in different movies, in different ways. There is a lovely social message, no doubt, but that social message isn't really different from the one we received in Oh My God. Truly, the bottomline is that PK is a combination of K-Pax and Oh My God - but done with more masala, more starpower and more humor. It is a highly entertaining movie. It is an Aamir Khan starrer, which means there will be an element of newness to it. Aamir, the alien has some interesting quirks. He does it well, with his outblown ears and green emerald eyes. But, there are shades of his eccentric Dhoom 3 character to it. Aamir's PK is innocent, given only to logic, the logic that he searches everywhere on earth but doesn't find.
Hirani tries to create an inspirational character, with a mix of Forrest Gump, someone who keeps questioning the 'apparent eccentricities' of mankind. The movie also offers a good role for Anushka, a news channel reporter whose search for stories brings her to the ultimate case. However, in spite of all the possibilities that such a story could offer, the movie is quite black and white. Religion is outright rubbished. There are just good and bad people in the movie. References to 'dancing car', (people having sex in cars), along with a few other dialogues, pointed at people, made them laugh. In a way, the movie was cracking jokes on the same people who were laughing at those jokes and therein lies, Hirani's success.
KP has an indigenous feel to it, rustic, colourful, accented. It is an Indian movie, made by and for Indians. Most of the jokes are our jokes, taken from our daily lives. Most of the questions are our questions. With an extremely extrapolated weird character, KP manages to just draw attention to all of them, one more time. All in all, it is a decent movie, but nothing that you need to go gaga over. You'll enjoy it, thanks to the absence of too many unnecessary songs, stunts or gaudiness. It is a well-made movie. Only it is not original and one hopes people realise it.