So, there probably hasn’t been more expectations from a filmmaker in the history of Indian Cinema than there was from Raju Hirani with PK, especially considering that, with it, he was following, what I consider the perfect film ever made – 3 Idiots.
Pretty similar to what Sachin Tendulkar faced for a majority of his career. People expected him to win his team the match AND score a hundred – every time he walked out. So there’s a case of completely unrealistic expectations! And so is the case with PK too.
To start off with, let me unequivocally say that PK is fan-bloody-tastic. It is cinematic and is also outstanding entertainment and gives a crystal clear message. So kudos to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Raju Hirani and Abhijat Joshi.
Coming back to my metaphorical analogy – With PK, Raju Hirani wins his team the match. In style, comfortably, and with plenty of headroom. However, he doesn’t score a century. He did both these things in his earlier 3 films. And that, we believe, gives us greedy bastards the right to make the infamous “But after 3 Idiots we expected more yaa” statement. And believe you me – it is nothing but pure greed. We ‘want’ more. Now why should Raju be beholden to our expectations? He shouldn’t. He made, in PK, what he thought he was making in 3 Idiots – the best film he could make. We should take it, say Thank You many times over, ghumao the agarbatti in front of his photo three more times, thank the stars that he lived and made movies during our lifetime and, if you truly want to thank cinema, vow to never watch a Sajid Khan film again.
Anyway, now coming to the film PK per se. Needless to say, the writing is fabulous. The story seems to have some rub-off colour from ‘OMG – Oh My God’, but its essentially only the core of the subject. Everything else is unique. Story, screenplay, dialogues – are all outstanding. Well done to Raju & Abhijat. Come to think of it – the plotpoints are rather outlandish, but it seems oh so believable and natural. A job well done there! All that said, I don’t think ‘Yeh wrong number hai’ will go viral like ‘All izz well’ did. (When you see the movie, you’ll know what I mean).
The core subject of the film (religion) is the one that, in my opinion, is the subject of these 2 decades (2010-2030) and this film asks very very pertinent questions. As pertinent as the ones asked in OMG, albeit in a rather different manner.
Nearly the entire film is well directed, though there was maybe a very brief moment both before & after the interval where I thought this is dragging. But rather than direction, it is the Editor Raju Hirani who has not been ruthless enough with the content that Director Raju Hirani shot. It could have been 5% shorter, perhaps.
The music definitely lacked the joie de vivre observed in previous RH films. The lyrics also seemed to lack that ‘dil ko choone wali baat’. The PK theme, ‘Chaar Kadam’ and ‘love is a waste of time’ are alright, but the other songs aren’t as uplifting. The background score, thankfully, is. And it lifts the film considerably.
Cinematography is perfect. Well done C K Muralidhar. Production Design good, but production values are, perhaps a notch lower than what I expected though. See – that’s what greed causes. Even though you’ve got it all in the film, you want more!!!
Coming to the performances – Aamir Khan is fantastic. Like he always is. Its amazing that, apart from 1 or 2 shots, he has not blinked on screen. Brutal method acting that!
After you get over Anushka Sharma’s surgically done self-transformation into Anushka DonaldDuck Sharma, and you actually start to watch her performance, you start to enjoy it too, coz she is rather good on screen. There’s some hamming from both of em, but its negligible.
Its surreal to see Sanjay Dutt on screen. God knows how much longer we’ll have to wait to see him on screen again. Sigh! And, of course, he’s fabulous entertainment. Sourabh Shukla is aptly cliche-ish (the film needs him to be that). Boman has a couple of cool scenes but has literally zero screen time apart from that. Pity.
All-in-all, PK is a film to be seen twice. Atleast. Don’t burden yourself and Raju with your greed in the form of expectations from the film. Just go light and you will thoroughly enjoy the film. Coz it’s fantastic.
P.S. Congratulations to Whistling Woods alumni – Anil Mange & Rachit Malhotra for being a part of this masterpiece. Anil – you were awesomely hilarious on screen. Well done dude!!!
P.P.S. – If you realise, I have not let out even an iota of the story of the film & I request other people who write their ‘reviews’ to not do so too. I can’t believe that some of the ‘critics’ who publish in major media outlets have actually let elements of the story out. No, people. No. You are spoiling it for everyone else and behaving like a head-in-the-clouds-arse. Stop it!