One of the most awaited movie of 2014, was released in 5000 screens last friday. It has already crossed 100 crore benchmark. I went to watch it with my family. The group notably included my octogenarian father, who normally does not trouble himself to watch a movie in theater. The reason of break in his usual habit was the hype around a movie coming from the stable of respectable producer-director duo of Vidhu Vinod Chopara and Raj Kumar Hirani. This was their first movie after one of the biggest entertainer of Bollywood. 3 idiots. So, the expectations from the movie were real high. The team of P K had fueled the hype even more by guarding the story line of movie, closely.
The movie starts with Amir being a naked alien astronaut who lands in deserts of Rajasthan and soon gets fleeced of his remote or communication tool with his planet called as ‘Gola‘ in Bhojpuri. He learns the habits of the people of Earth in his exasperating strive to get his remote back. In the process he meets, Jaggu (Anushka Sharma) who is a t v journalist. Jaggu’s father is a blind follower of Swami Tapasvi ji played by Saurabh Shukla, who in turn is a conman disguised as a Hindu sadhu of 21st century. The movie tries to push forward the reasoning and scientific temperament by exposing the hype and hypocrisy of Tapasvi ji by joint venture of Jaggu and P K. No regular watcher of Bollywood movie will miss the similarity of theme with 2012 movie Oh My God, in which Paresh Rawal as a protagonist had exposed the futility of the blind religious practices. It’s not surprising therefore that news has come recently, that producer-director duo had tried unsuccessfully, to negotiate a deal with the producer and director of OMG in 2012 for not proceeding with the movie OMG. What a pretext?.
The movie has some fine performances from Amir, Anushka and Boman Irani. while the performance of Amir was enhanced by ‘always wide eyed’ alien, the overly pouting lips of Anushka are a put off really. The cameo of Ranbir is not much interesting. The role of Sushant as Sarfaraz from Pakistan, is just a little more than a song, ‘Chaar Kadam’, hummed beautifully by Shreya Ghoshal and Shaan. The scenery of Belgium and its canals is beautiful. The music of the movie of Shantanu Moitra and lyrics by Swanand Kirkire is in sync with the story line and is decent.
The problem with p k is also of hyper expectations from Rajkumar Hirani, due to comparisons with his outstanding and incomparable gem, ‘3 idiot’. Raju has not been able to live up to the expectations, post 3 idiot. Same happened with Ramesh Sippy, after his biggest block buster ever, ‘Sholay’. Viewers can only hope, that does not happen with Raju Hirani, as many as times as happened with Sippy in next 4 decades!.
On the whole movie is watchable and is surely a cut above the regular poor stuff churned with audacity by Bolywood, week after week. I enjoyed it reasonably with my kids and specially my father, who had seen a movie after a long time in a cinema.