My second movie of the day (New Year) and it was Aamir Khan starrer PK (2014). Anushka Sharma is the female lead (Jaggu) in the movie directed by Rajkumar Hirani. I have watched his previous films including Lage Raho Munnabhai and 3 Idiots, both were good entertainment films. The same enjoyment is guaranteed in PK as well. The story line is simple, an alien played by Aamir Khan lands in Earth, his remote control to his spacecraft gets stolen, without it he can’t return home. He goes in search of the remote, not knowing local customs he is considered by all to be a lunatic, calling him Peekay. He encounters a young reports (Anushka) looking for a big story. How both of them get his remote back is rest of the story.
Seeing PK search his remote, everyone around, guides PK to pray to God who can only help him. Not knowing which God to pray, PK prays to Gods of various religions in India (Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Christianity), he dutifully performs all rituals in many places of worship. He advertises everywhere that God is missing. Finally he identifies his remote is with a godman, who turns out to be a trickster. He questions the godman to accepting defeat to return his remote. Sanjay Dutt has done well his role of a local music troupe owner, enjoyable performance.
The love scenes between Sarfaraz (played by Sushant Singh Rajput) and Jaggu (played by Anushka Sharma) is shot in Belgium, I love the visuals of that country – the laid back people, the cobbler-stone roads and the beautiful bridges within the city, breath taking. I liked the characterisation of Sushant Singh as a Pakistani, this is a welcome move for Indian cinema. I liked the sequence in the climax where Jaggu reaches to Sarfaraz, through Belgium University->Pakistan Embassy. We need to move beyond political fightings between Pakistan and India, realise people on either sides of the border are after all people.
The dialogues that PK speaks while he tries to understand who is God, whether God exists are smart. Instead of being provocative of religious sentiments, the dialogues take a neutral view that we (humans) should worship the God that created us, not the gods created by us (humans). I laughed most at the last scene, where we hear PK visiting Earth, this time as a tour guide bringing more aliens aboard.
The story (alien visiting earth and be baffled) is certainly not original. The arguments of how humans see God has been deliberated by philosophers for centuries, similar treatment was seen in Oh My God (OMG) movie two years back. Dancing cars and using Police lock-up as shelter are not new too. But all of these are packaged by Rajkumar Hirani in a colourful enjoyable film, that’s why you can see PK. When visiting the theatres, don’t forget your sense of humour, without which the movie can be boring!