PK Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:39:50.9670000 IST

It is almost sacrilegious to talk about the expectations from the team of (undoubtedly) the best director-producer team, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, along with composer Shantanu Moitra and lyricist Swanand Kirkire, who in 2012 gave us the biggest all time grosser/blockbuster of Hindi films, 3 IDIOTS. So without beating about the bush and bhaisting time let's check out history in the making, the audio of PK.

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It's indeed a lively, colourful and feel good start that 'Tharki Chokro' provides through its superb Rajasthani folk based tune and brass band arrangements. Ajay and Atul are spot on! Swaroop Khan renders the song well but sounds like Sukhwinder Singh. The lyrics and the song sum up the theme of the film in an exact way and also provide a sketch of the character of the lead protagonist.

Lovely guitar strings and violins commence 'Nanga Punga Dost', another very lively and cute song that thrives on its superb rhythm, which is trademark Shantanu Moitra. The childlike innocence as well as intelligence of the lead protagonist who shakes up the universe with his questions is expressed well through the lyrics. Shreya Ghoshal is just superb.

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Another excellent number that lingers on long after the song is over is the Kishore Da type love ballad, 'Chaar Kadam' or one can even call it a friendship or companionship song. It's a Shaan show all the way and he excels. Shreya comes in briefly but leaves an impression. The chorus too is catchy.

Jaltarang sounds and mouth organ commence 'Love Is A waste Of Time' sung par excellence (mind the intentional wrong diction, bhaste of time!) by Sonu Nigam with support in brief by Shreya. The nursery rhyme type tune surely carries a universal appeal just like 'Zoobie Zoobie' did in 3 IDIOTS. The Bhojpuri dialect is well expressed and lyrics are too cute and certainly identifiable.

A prayer to the almighty, 'Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu' to show the path home is sung with emotions by Sonu Nigam. A song that is nationalism personified (has shades of 'Jaane Nahin Denge Tumhe' 3 IDIOTS) and expresses the lead protagonist's belief in all religions and its dictums (yet he is an agnostic) is situational in nature and it leaves the listener moist eyed. Kudos to all - Sonu, Shantanu and Swanand!

'PK Dance Theme' is a lively instrumental that carries the signature tune of the movie PK which is played with different heightened tempo.

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Ankit Tiwari rounds of the album with an ace of a romantic number (music-Ankit), 'Dar Badar'. Ankit's rock star rendition and superb arrangements coupled with good lyrics (Manoj), express the intense feelings of the character and are the highlights of the track.

History is certainly about to repeat itself for the Hirani-Aamir team. The audio of PK has surely and truly lived up to its humongous expectations and one can congratulate team PK in advance for its excellent musical offering. All the songs are endearing and if one has to pick it will be 'Chaar Kadam', 'Love Is A Waste Of Time' and 'Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu'. Considering that the music is situational in nature yet is universally appealing, will surely prove chartbusting, more so after the release of PK, to an earth shattering response on 19th December 2014.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

''It is not necessary to believe in God to be a good person. In a way, the traditional notion of God is outdated. One can be spiritual but not religious. It is not necessary to go to Church and give money-for many, nature can be a Church. Some of the best people in history did not believe in God, while some of the worst deeds were done in His name.
- Pope Francis


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OMG this is deja vu. September 2012 saw a bold movie by Umesh Shukla starring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal. OH MY GOD illustrated the pointlessness of all religious beliefs. It also highlighted the fact that those immersed in rituals forget the simple truth of living and loving.

Rajkumar Hirani does just that with PK. He sees the world and humans through an alien played by PK (Aamir Khan). Cleverly woven and deeply embedded is a love story with cross-border connections. That's the difference along with the alien angle by Hirani from Shukla's OMG. Otherwise, the message is the same-steer clear from religious beliefs and fanaticism and learn to love and respect one another.

PK could not have come at a better time, what with various media reports doing the rounds on conversion, and the Rajya Sabha preferring 'Din over Discussion' since the last three days as the Prime Minister of the country refuses to speak on the issue, offering a stony silence to the Opposition and the Nation.

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PK's spaceship lands somewhere in Rajasthan, and as soon as he touches base on earth he learns the hard way the cunningness of earthlings. Soon, he adapts to the ways of the earth by observing and picking clothes from 'dancing cars' [cars in which couples are making out]. He also learns the language after a six-hour long session with a 'call girl'. No, not by doing what you think but by getting her lingo transmitted to him through his Alien powers. This way he is now able to communicate.

He soon encounters Jaggu (Anushka Sharma) who has come back from Belgium after being dumped at the marriage registrar. Jaggu is a television reporter and she is soon fascinated by PK's antics and when he reveals only to her his identity, she is at first skeptical. Soon, she realizes that PK is indeed an Alien!

She agrees to help him get back to his 'space'. But before that, PK's encounter with gods to get his stolen remote back is what the film is all about.

He goes in search of his remote to all religious places only to realize that humans have made a god of their own, other than the one who created them all.

The scenes in all religious places are eye-opener; business seems to be the norm rather than helping the desperate connect with god. It's a 'wrong number' situation all the time as everyone one is just out to fleece those in need and further confound their miseries.

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Aamir Khan as PK is fascinating. Kudos to this Khan for trying something different every time he comes on screen. Anushka Sharma matches him in every scene. This girl is a natural.

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.

We all need a change of heart! It's a pity an Alien has to teach us that!!

Rating 3.5/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani and Saurabh Shukla
  • Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire, Manoj Muntashir and Amitabh Verma
  • Director: Rajkumar Hirani
  • Music Director: Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari, Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale
  • Release Date : 19 Dec 2014

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