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Yet again, Rajkumar Hirani blends comedy with a social message and gets a point across. Even if the comedy doesn't work all that well, it is a film worth a watch for sure.Read more
Sure, this Khan's films are different from the other Khans wherein the film is likely to have some sort of a story and point. But, it is very similar to them too, in the sense that their films carry their stamp and PK's trailer goes on to prove exactly that point. The film oozes Aamir Khan from each one of its pore. Not the character PK, which would've been fine too, but the actor.
It also doesn't look like the other characters in the film are anywhere close to that of Aamir Khan's in terms of importance. The lead lady, Anushka Sharma's voiceover too is talks only about his character in the film, which isn't bad in itself.
Then you have Aamir Khan's exaggerated expressions and somehow for the first time I feel a little less than 100% enthusiastic about watching a Rajkumar Hirani film. Also, PK's trailer and his performance has a heavy Forrest Gump feel to it. And that is a little underwhelming, because it already looks overdone.
The music isn't very encouraging considering most reviews think it isn't anything fresh and is similar to music from other films made by the same team. I see myself walking in the theater to watch PK with a little more apprehension than anticipation. But as always, would love to be proven wrong about my misgivings.
Bollyspice - "3.5/5"
dunkdaft - "will work more effectively after watching the movie perhaps"
glamsham - "4/5"
IBN Live, IANS - "has its moments but it's not the score of the year"
Milliblog - "as perfunctory as every other Rajkumar Hirani film’s soundtrack"
Music Aloud - "7.5/10"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Rajkumar Hirani has a knack for attacking a problem headon but with a smile. As usual the issue is important, and given the events of this week, it is of global significance, though PK doesn't necessarily spread its wings that far. While the jokes are slightly on the lame side, the point made is powerful even if readers of this site might not be the direct target audience for the arguments.
Most of the citybred, Generation Next a la the multiplex audience is already on the story-tellers' side. We would make the same arguments in a coffee table conversation. But the beauty here is Hirani keeps it simple. With single-minded focus he attacks the problem, quite literally, using child-like innocence.
His use of humor, didn't make me laugh or even smile, but the entire theater was in splits, especially most of the first half. For matters of such importance, that most people are getting more and more right of center about without thinking it through, it is just important to get the audience to listen. So, whatever works.
What worked for me the most is that PK was PK and not Aamir Khan. Sure, his mannerisms did feel a little exaggerated but they became a part of the character. After a long, long while a character he played didn't remind me it was him. In fact, while jotting my notes, at one point I found myself writing Anushka Sharma to PK! That form me was another victory for the film.
Not that Anushka Sharma didn't perform well, it was easier to remember her as the actor rather than the character. A lot of the other players too - Saurabh Shukla, Boman Irani, Parikshit Sahni keep the film on its mark without attracting too much attention towards them, which is no small feat in itself. Else, Hindi films are so proficient at making caricatures out of Godmen that it is a welcome relief when it doesn't happen.
But, PK is not one of those films that would need extra points for what it didn't do. It has enough going for it. Rajkumar Hirani films aren't great works of cinema in terms of other departments of filmmaking. They keep their background music, camerawork, post production to the minimum. Their focus is on the writing, (with a few diversions in form of songs and a romantic track). And they don't even rely too much on subtlety and symbolism.
In fact, these are films when the characters are as uni-dimensional as they get. Also, ironically, you have to take major leaps of faith as the films have a boatload of flaws and over-simplifies complex issues. It is irksome at most times, yet you are willing to let it go. Because the films say it like it is, and keep you engaged while making a point without becoming too preachy. That in itself is a full plate.
Fortunately or unfortunately, sometimes that doesn't bring anything new to a person who is on the same side of the argument. The same concern I had with OMG Oh My God. Blind faith and misuse of blind faith that feeds on fear is something we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. So, the points made in and by PK are drawing room conversations you and I might have had umpteen number of times. It's good to see our point of view represented and presented in a manner that should make sense to those who follow God and more importantly Godmen blindly. I would applaud it for finding the balance and not defying the existence of a supreme power.
To say the film focussed only on one religion would be completely missing the point. It is up to us to extrapolate it to the religion of our choice, including our own. How many of us will "get it" and be able to internalise it is a completely different question altogether.
Every Hirani film coins a phrase that eventually becomes common parlance, "jaadu ki jhappi", "all is well", "Gandhigiri" and now "wrong number". Fortunately, one you don't mind taking.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...PK is not as brilliant as Hirani’s Munnabhai 1&2, but it’s still an excellent film that throws up surprises every step of the way. It had me laughing out loud then crying like a baby. It broke my heart then raised my spirits. If I were a Bollywood writer, I might have ended this review with: Lagey raho, Rajubhai. I’ll just leave it at: Thank you for the Christmas gift, Team PK... full review
Thumbs up, by Srishti Dixit, Bollywood Life : ...You cannot afford to miss this! Aamir has once again proved why he’s ahead of his contemporaries as a visionary and a thinker! We bet you will watch PK more than once.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Rajukumar Hirani follows a certain discipline with his filmmaking. Between him and co-writer Abhijat Joshi, they make sure their screenplay has certain finesse. They use dreamscapes to push in colourful songs. They do it maintain an integrity for their characters and story. Such attention to writing detail is a rare practice in India. But it’s a healthy habit of making films. And it ensures top notch quality, one that PK has in abundance. Reiterating, this is a Hirani, Aamir Khan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra film we’re talking of. They’ve set high standards for themselves. But with dodgy and inconsistent dialogue and repetitive visuals which look too similar to 3 Idiots and Lage Raho Munnabhai, PK doesn’t quite match up to the mark. It’s certainly not Hirani’s best. But it is good enough to engage and entertain the majority of its audience.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...But even if you were bothered by all the film’s gaffes, there’s an interesting cameo towards the end to make sure you leave the theatre with a smile on your face. PK might not be the repeat value juggernaut like 3 Idiots, but it does have better content, execution and a more socially relevant topic. Props to Hirani and team for saving one of the most enjoyable movies of the year for the last.... full review
Thumbs up, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...A movie with a message - one would not expect less from Rajkumar Hirani, of course - PK is worth a watch, and maybe even two (especially the first half). It is a perfect film to end the year with, and to make you include humanitarian improvements in your New Year resolution list. Watch it also for the end - the surprise cameo of yet another actor makes you wonder if a sequel is due, and you hope there is.... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...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. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sarit Ray, Hindustan Times : ...PK is, to put it simply, a Hirani-esque adaptation of a not-so-novel subject. But his version of it is one of the more entertaining ones you'll get to see.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...PK is a fun film with proper dose of ‘gyaan’. It’s a film that shouldn’t be missed and it’s brave because it attempts to create a better world. Another winner from Rajkumar Hirani. It would be hard to stop it from owning the box-office as well. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rajiv Masand, IBN Live : ...PK sticks faithfully to Hirani's well-oiled formula, and yet there is no question that it's a courageous film. Packed with sharp dialogue and genuinely funny moments that offset the lack of subtlety, it is easily one of the year's better films. I'm going with three-and-a-half out of five for PK; the director's best since Lage Raho Munnabhai. ... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Overall, if the first half of PK made us feel like Hirani was at his very best, the second could possibly be his worst so far. It felt like the post-interval portions were directed by a different director and not Hirani. One of the hallmarks of a Hirani film are the strong supporting characters and PK has no character that stands out. There was too much focus on PK and that's what undid the film. Having said that, PK is definitely better than 95% of the films that are made in Bollywood. It deserves a watch but doesn't have the repeat value of 3 Idiots or Munnabhai films. Don't make the mistake of expecting too much and PK will keep you hooked.... full review
Thumbs up, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...PK is a must watch and surely ends 2014 on a good note. When there is a confluence of smart direction, excellent content and an actor like Aamir Khan at hand, there is little that can go wrong. If you don’t end up asking the same questions as PK to yourself, then you may want to consider yourself an alien. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Sharma’s Jaggu is a competent act, without frills or gimmicks, and in their small roles, Dutt, Irani, Sushant Singh Rajput and Saurabh Shukla leave their mark.... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...pk's script lacks the laugh out loud and memorable moments that Hirani's earlier films, 'Munnabhai MBBS' or '3 Idiots' had, but nevertheless there is a healthy dose of subtle humour which keeps you chuckling once in a while. But its potent dialogues make up for the lack of laughs. That one gripping and extremely effective scene where pk is taking on the shrewd godman (Saurabh Shukla) is alone worth the ticket. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum? Well, this movie has all the creative dum required for a good film and will add up in the list of elite films from our Hindi cinema. The minor comparisons and expectations might dilute the viewing experience as well as the financial output of the film on a small basis. Nevertheless, it's a must watch for all Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani and good cinema lovers as due to them you will surely get intoxicated with the goodness of popular Hindi cinema.... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee , NDTV : ...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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara , Now Running.com : ...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! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Anish Mohanty , Planet Bollywood : ...PK is one of the best films to have come out this year Although it falls short of expectations, it still has enough entertainment and several heart warming moments to keep the audience happy. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...This is an out-and-out Aamir film, and he soars. 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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...It is 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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Anindita Dev, ZEENEWS.COM : ...PK` has enough substance to keep you hooked to your seats for the entire run time. If you find your attention wavering in the first half, the second half of the movie will put your doubts to rest. The story only gets interesting and picks up pace towards the end.... full review
So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ... Hirani has become some sort of Madhur Bhandarkar, telling, essentially, the same story and simply focusing on a different facet of society. If the enemy-establishment was the medical profession in Munnabhai MBBS and educational institutions in 3 Idiots, it’s now the religious right.bo... full review
So-So, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...It’s not nice to pick on someone’s looks, but when it’s so distracting and animated a feature on the screen, it’s best not to pretend that all is well. Anushka’s lips speak of her unease with the girl we fell in love with in Band Baaja baarat. She’s trying to be someone she’s not and that just doesn’t work. It can’t.... full review
So-So, by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost : ...It’s also one of the braver films we’ve seen from commercial Bollywood because of Hirani doesn’t shy away from pointing a steady finger at those who would inflame communal tensions for petty, personal gain. ... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...I won’t add to the spoilers by revealing a fatal flaw in the ending but needless to say this well-meaning film is not one that is likely to achieve much staying power either in the hearts of the public or in the theatres!... full review
So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...All of that would still have been okay had the climax carried a punch. That doesn't happen though as there is absolutely no build up towards the pre-climax and the climax. No wonder, before you know, the film is through... full review
So-So, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...Hirani is a master of giving issues a human face. He is an expert on emotional manipulation and stages the most contrived of situations with conviction. Why let logic get in the way of good drama? Yet, it strangely works when you see the why of the scene than the how or the what or the where. ... full review
So-So, by Karan Bali , Upper Stall : ...All in all, PK has enough going for it and is worth a watch. That is something one can't really say about most of our films, and even more so this year that surely till now must be one of Hindi cinema's worst ever. ... full review
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Emilia : entertaining and refreshing movie
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Highly-Entertaining and Just the Right Amount of Provocative About Religious Extremism
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