Precisely five years after Raj Kumar Hirani directed a scene featuring Aamir Khan peeing in his 2009 venture 3 IDIOTS, he returns with PK which also features a scene in which Aamir Khan is shown peeing on the wall. And without an iota of doubt, and certainly not because of the peeing scene, PK will be a runaway hit, both with the classes and the masses.
PK has a child like candour and innocence writ all over it. It has numerous messages so cleverly cloaked that it turns out be far removed from the sermonizing bore it could have turned into in the hands of a less capable director then Raj Kumar Hirani. It slices through and aims to shake off our irrational beliefs and prejudices, but does so without shedding any blood or injuring anyone in the process. It achieves with the help of a near perfect script, never resorting to melodrama and yet stripping and laying bare our familiar idiosyncrasies. Change is brought about, not through a revolution, but in a goody goody manner. Even Saurabh Shukla playing the part of a fake godman(virtually the only negative character in the movie) is not made to look nasty even when he is cornered!
Superimpose on this, a romantic tale which gets built gently in the background, pad the narration with some simple but charming songs and embellish the theme with wonderful performers like Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma, and you cannot but have a winner all the way.
Would it have been better if Raj Kumar Hirani had not gone overboard in not highlighting the dark contours of the earthmen? Would some drama have helped in the movie improving its pace? I don’t know, but even in its present form, PK stands out as a whiff of fresh breeze against the background of mindless noise and entertainment belted out every week. Just watch it!
RATING: 4.5 out of 5
December 19th, 2014