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MOVIE Review: PK 

(Photo Credit: Vinod Chopra Films, Rajkumar Hirani Films, UTV Motion Pictures ) 

Cast:  

Aamir KhanAnushka SharmaSushant Singh RajputBoman IraniSaurabh ShuklaSanjay Dutt

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Directed by: 
Rajkumar Hirani

Produced by: 
Rajkumar Hirani
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Siddharth Roy Kapur

Distributed by: 
UTV Motion Pictures (Teaser credit on right)

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS MOVIE ......(NO SPOILERS HERE)...

 1. The Cast: 

You name any actor cast in any role in this movie, and you come out thinking he/she has done his/her part in making the movie what it is, right from Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, to Sanjay Dutt and Bhoman Irani in supporting roles to Ranbir Kapoor in a cameo role and everyone in between.

2. The Message:

By now, probably everyone already knows that the message relates to various religious practices in different religions in India. If there is anything that speaks louder than the powerful cast executing their part to perfection with ease, it's the message delivered with logic and strength. In fact, of all the Hindi movies, this movie ties in all the facts leading to the realization, formulation and delivery of the message in a manner that has not been done so neatly before. The concept is very much in keeping with the 'Munna Bhai' series- Rajkumar Hirani's previous pride. 

3. The Sets, Location, Costumes and all thing nice ...

The sets, location, costumes and all thing nice are truly all things nice that add to the masterpiece that is PK. The Belgium locations seem to be straight out of a pages of a novel. The sets and locations in India seem to be hand picked based on cleanliness and beauty or perhaps Modi's clean India campaign has bore fruits already. The clothes are colorful and even religious 'ashrams' are posh. So yes, the movie is aesthetically beautiful. Not to say, this should become a trend, for we do love to see India the way it is, unless- all clean and beautiful is the way it becomes.

4. The Songs ..

The movie has absolutely beautiful and melodious songs, especially 'Chaar Kadam' by Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal and 'Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu' by Sonu Nigam. The interesting story behind Aamir's main goofy step in 'Love is a waste of time' is that it is choreographed by Hirani himself after auditioning steps by everyone on the sets.


The Final Word .... 

Living in America, we know that we have to have lots of conversations with our kids in order to drive home various messages pertaining to our culture, traditions and religion. Kids here do not have the advantage of naturally imbibing what it means to follow a culture, tradition and religion that they witness only within the walls of their home, that is not followed by the masses. Once in a while a movie comes along that naturally leads to curiosity, questions and discussions. This is THAT movie. It covers different aspects of various different religions. Granted the focus is more on fraud Hindu leaders and the Islamic leaders have been spared- they certainly deserve the attention, but at least there is a mention of 'fatwa' and 'ban on female education' in Islam. It would have been nice to see the Islamic leaders take some heat too, after all, they mislead the followers of their religion in a manner that costs world grievances of catastrophic proportions. 

Our kids, 16 and almost 12, had tons of questions on religion. They related to the mode used in the movie to convey the message- social media and tag line going viral. The movie provided us an excellent opportunity to discuss various different aspects of following different religion. My daughter wanted to know about the practice of men whipping themselves in certain sect of Islam. When I told her they do that to atone their sins, she goes, "So they have to hurt themselves and all Hindus have to do is take a dip in the holy Ganges?" I laughed, "yeah, we kept it simple" (we're Hindus). And so the conversation went....

Needless to say- it's a must-watch with your kids. 

I do have to say this too- in a one minute guest appearance Ranbir Kapoor beats Aamir Khan in all similar scenes. Ranbir leaves you wanting a sequel with him in the pivotal role with yet another strong message.


(by Sonal Kulshrestha- an ardent movie lover, who lives in Dallas, Texas.)

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