P. K. is a comedy of ideas about a stranger named Punmiya Kushal in the city, who asks questions that no one has asked before. They are innocent, childlike questions, but they bring about catastrophic answers. People who are set in their ways for generations, are forced to reappraise their world when they see it from PK's innocent eyes. In the process PK makes loyal friends and powerful foes. Mends broken lives and angers the establishment. P. K.'s childlike curiosity transforms into a spiritual odyssey for him and millions of others. The film is an ambitious and uniquely original exploration of complex philosophies. It is also a simple and humane tale of love, laughter and letting-go.Wikipedia
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. The director's best since Lage Raho Munnabhai.
Post interval, it slumps. The focus, which till then is on a character who intrigues us while interesting things are happening to him, gets diluted by a wholly superfluous romance (and songs, tuneful as a couple are), and a face-off between the guy awash in other-worldly goodness who asks all the right questions and the bad godman who has all the wrong answers.
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.
What’s also very disturbing here is that even when the film is saying something important, it’s surrounded by conventional and corny stuff. Weighted down by cliches, the film often feels tiresome. I don’t enjoy watching Aamir Khan very much. His smugness, didactic finger-wagging irritates me. But here he sheds the moral weight he’s been carrying since Tare Zameen Pe and Satyamev Jayate. There’s a lightness and playfulness to his character that’s touching. In the raw state, as a clean slate, his PK is convincing and charming.
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.
Beneath its vibrant bouts of humour, PK mocks at the societal arrangement we have grown apathetic to. Those jokes are ultimately nothing but PK's sarcasm at the expense of our collective desperation that wagers to chance and dubs it a miracle, rejoices in disparity, exhorts fear and has forgotten their fundamental right to question.When PK works, it does with great merit, spunk and surprise.When it does not, it meanders, sermonises and guilt trips exactly in the tone of the one it reproaches.
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
Its amusing insights and bold message make PK hit home. Appreciate its truths - which aren't so alien after all.
It’s not often that you go to the movies to learn, absorb, comprehend and yet come out exclaiming what a delightful time you had. This is better than just an ordinary Hirani affair. It’s his most valiant product till date and I for one will applaud him for not frisking away with easy routes in a film that’s better kept ‘safe’. It’s a thing to learn from him, how to drive home a point without any bhesht of time.
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.
If you’re looking for a film in the league of the Munnabhais and 3 Idiots, PK is not even close. But it’s still a must-see for many reasons, and by that, I mean the protagonists.
PK is an absolute must watch film and watch it before your friends tell you all the surprise elements in detail.
PK attempts to question narrow-minded rules and opinions of religious heads and the very definitions with which we segregate one from another.Crisp and crackling PK redefines the term - 'healthy entertainment'. This is Aamir's best performance till date. Anushka fits the bill as Jaggu. Sushant Singh Rajput proves his mettle as loverboy yet again. Saurabh Shukla and Boman Irani are delightful. Sanjay Dutt does a great job as Bhairon Singh.
It may not entirely live up to the lofty expectations one has of a Rajkumar Hirani film, but PK is still very much a Hirani film. It is a feel-good, family entertainer with a charismatic lead. It is well-meaning and amusing film, occasionally brimming with great ideas.
Aamir Khan's PK is a solid entertainer that will surely entertain the masses and classes alike. An outstanding film. Go for it.
PK is far from being flawless but it remains a must watch film for those who believe in god, and also for those who don’t.
Audience Reviews for PK
"Aamire & Hirani creates yet another memorable movie!!!"
Bollywood stars are known for their preference for certain festivals for the release of their movies be it Id, Diwali etc. Among the Khans, Aamir has always had a predilection for X'mas which has seen many of his releases in the recent past such as "3 Idiots" & "Dhoom 3". The latest to join that list is Rajkumar Hirani's "PK" whose films apart from being clean entertainers has always been blockbusters. So naturally there's a palpable amount of hype & expectations over "PK" but will it be able to match the the benchmark they had set in "3 Idiots"???
An alien (Aamir Khan) had landed on Earth or rather more specifically in the dust bowls of Rajasthan in his birthsuit. But even before he gets accustomed to the bearings around him, he is robbed of his pendant which happened to be the transmitter to signal his spaceship. In due time, he becomes to be known as PK (as people thought he was tipsy), learns to converse through the use of his super-natural powers & befriends Bhairon Singh (Sanjay Dutt), a band master who helps him to adjust to his new environment.On the advise of Bhairon, PK lands in New Delhi in search of his pendant & that's when he catches the eye of Jaggu (Anushka Sharma), a TV reporter who promises to help him out. So will PK get his pendant back & if so, at what cost???
Almost 5 years have passed since Rajkumar Hirani had made his presence felt, but the wait was definitely worth it as he has come back with a bang. All of his movies have been satires that dealt with insecurities & adversities that people face in their lives either due to corruption, educational pressure etc . The same holds true here as well as this time around he has taken on the fake godmen that swarm our society. Though Paresh Rawal's "Oh My God" had a similar storyline & felt more impressional, "PK" too has its moments in its own way especially in the first half which really hooks us on; for which the screenplay by Abhijit Joshi & Hirani deserves praise. The music by the trio of Ajay Atul, Shantanu Moitra & Ankit Tiwari was impressive while the visuals by Muraleedharan was fine.
Aamir Khan is the heart & soul of the movie and he was bang on in the portrayal of the character. His peculiar looks, weird attire & queer running style all added on to his performance making it undoubtedly one of the best characters that he has ever portrayed. Anushka Sharma was equally impressive & makes her presence felt with a meaty role at her disposal. Boman Irani was wasted, Sanjay Dutt was endearing while Saurabh Shukla & Sushanth Singh have done justice to their roles. As for Ranbir Kapoor, he brought the roof down with a cameo.
Verdict: The film is expected to do brisk business at the box office considering the team that was behind the venture. In addition, the film has also lived upto Hirani's USP by being both humorous yet introspective to the vices around us. Though the second half especially the climax lacked the expected punch it's definitely one of the best movies to have released this year, so dont miss it!!!
Hirani Is A Genius.. This Is Entertaining Movie With Many Messages.. Though, The Ending Is Not Convincing
Yeah, unconventional. Comic element exoping the evil of the indian society goes outstanding.. nice movie, good acting.. good story... but still one time watch film.
Starting off with a cleavage-revealing, poem-loving Indian Jaggu (Anushka Sharma masquerading as Donald Duck), the story hits the cliché bumper right at the beginning. In a Belgian city infested with Hindi-speaking Indians, she falls in love with a Pakistani (typecast Sushant Singh Rajput), which, of course, her pious family prohibits. Following another cliché, which is made to not look like a cliché at a later period, Jaggu becomes a TV reporter out of thin air. Then comes the alien and helps her ante up the viewer ratings of the channel she works for. The alien PK (Aamir Khan), all his characteristics a gimmick, from his language to his nuances, acts so dumb, I started losing faith in science as well. Jaggu's family is forgotten both by Jaggu and the audience, only to be reminded later by the shaky screenplay.
This personality, which is supposed to intrigue the audience, asks certain questions we already have heard before. He tries to answer these questions like an Engineering student answering in an oral examination. The similarity: diplomacy. He quickly acclimatizes himself according the traits of human beings and that is when Hirani's fading creativity emerges into the silver screen. PK lands in Rajasthan where humans are busy sharing bodily liquids in cars with open windows. Even if it was a way of addressing the issue, I'm afraid the film should be categorized as an NGO or even better "the moral police."
PK successfully addresses issues such as Pakistan-India conflicts, value of Gandhiji as a figure in currency notes, God's existence, culture, tradition, religious orientations, religion per se, religious practices, marriage, sex, terrorism (at a laughable juncture), cigarette smoking, and alcohol consumption (to name a few). But it never absolves the purportedly guilty audience by providing any answers, hacks, or tweaks to sort out or cleanse these issues. Much like how ineffective the statutory warnings that play before the beginning of Indian movies are, PK, as a celluloid, fails to pull itself together and emphasize on a point.
The direction is fine, but the ridiculous screenplay contributes to an array of goof-ups, and eventually gives birth to nonsense. Many primary characters in the film are seen laughing in most of the frames, probably to remind the audience to laugh along, because as far as an agnostic like me is concerned, I may have chuckled 2-3 times. The narration tries so hard to induce humor, it ends up exhausting itself.
BOTTOM LINE: Other than blatant addresser of few serious issues, PK could best be described as a united advertisement for Duracell batteries, monsterjobs.com, Vijay Sales, and Maruti SX4 which all had the single advantage of being endorsed by Aamir Khan, arguably an epitome of creative-guy-to-naive-guy story.