Happy Times: buy one and get one free
Take a Drink: dare to speak truth
Take a Drink: when it’s a ‘Wrong number’
Down a Shot: when a logical question triggers several other questions
By: Vinod Kumar M (A Toast) –
The meaning of PK basically denotes in India’s nationwide language, HINDI, a state of mind after getting drunk.
The title phenomenally had driven the entire nation into fascination, when the first poster showing the lead actor Aamir Khan hiding his dignity was released.
The film is a satire on God and “Godman”, an inspired copy of Australian movie The Man Who Sued God (2001). The subject questions millions of people’s immersed beliefs. It’s a portrait of enticing colorings, and a few mismatching shades hardly damage its modernized creation.
A humanoid alien, PK lands on Earth with a mission. However, his remote-controller gets stolen and without that his communication with his team never comes to pass.
Meanwhile the story takes us to Belgium, where a journalist, Jaggu, falls in love with a man named Sarfaraz. Her father opposes this since Sarfaraz is a Muslim; while he is an ardent devotee of a Godman. India has a surplus of population and the majority of them are living beneath the poverty line. In addition to these setbacks, senseless beliefs on godmen are throwing our nation’s development downhill.
Her father, after learning about his daughter’s affair, turns to Tapasvi, who foretells that Sarfaraz will betray her and his prediction comes to pass, shockingly. She returns to India in hope of relief, where she becomes fascinated while watching PK distributing pamphlets about the missing Gods.
Being an intelligent alien, PK eventually learns the native language and heads to Delhi to track his device. He begins querying every person. During the route, the only suggestion is “Only GOD can HELP”. His search goes from a Temple to a Masjid, Church, and Gurudhawar with one question to their authorities “where is my remote-control?”, but gets jumbled by India’s countless religions and their confusing traditions. With such a simple scene, the director has proficiently acknowledged that the traditions are manmade.
Jaggu, after hearing his version, quashes his story as ridiculous, but gets confused when he voices a few words that are known to her, and an old man episode turns her speechless as she learns about PK’s mystical powers.
He discovers that (the Godman) Tapasvi has his remote. On the other hand, Tapasvi cleverly convinces his devotees that he had received the celestial object straight from the hands of God in the Himalayas. PK concludes that Tapasvi and other religious heads must be dialing a “wrong number” to God and, as a result, their messages are incorrectly interpreted. Jaggu, by means of her mass media backing, inspires thousands of people across the country to send in videos captured from their own experiences with religious heads calling “wrong numbers”. The conflict between PK and the Godman increases with each encounter that proves the latter wrong.
In a final spat, Godman Tapasvi challenges PK openly on the news broadcasting channel to salvage his fading glory and to prove that he has a direct association with God. He brings up his prediction of Sarfaraz’s disloyalty as the proof of his powers. PK states that Sarfaraz did not pen the letter she received, but it was a wrong delivery. Jaggu directly contacts the Pakistan Embassy and realizes that Sarfaraz still loves her. They recouple and Tapasvi is uncovered as a fake and returns PK’s device.
In the course of the film, PK, in memory of her love, records Jaggu’s voice so that he can remember her on his home planet. She later publishes a book on PK and his journey to earth.
The film finishes with PK returning to Earth a year later on a new research mission hinting at a possible sequel.
- The scenes in religious abodes showing the cultural differences and conflicting practices among our religions.
- The depiction of colors and the resulting mix-ups among religions.
- His questions when confronting the Godman sound tangible.
- His innocent, yet exceptional questions when buying the idol of God.
- His ‘wrong-number’ idea to spread the message to the public on the exploitations of religious representatives.
- The parallel love chapter linking to the core plot in an effort to renew friendship between India and Pakistan.
The few flaws of the movie are:
- The bomb blast scene didn’t contribute anything to the proceedings. There are no instances of a Godman going to the extent of killing civilians for self gain.
- In a scene, PK sees a man dressed as the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and runs after him, thinking he’s God. One shouldn’t generate entertainment out of it this type of representation.
- PK glues GOD stickers on his cheeks to escape the anger of temple authorities for his misdeed, offering fun to a certain segment of the audience, but it’s certainly a second-rate scene.
I, in good conscience, state that the movie concludes with message that there is a sky-high difference between God and the God created by religious heads, like “Godman”.
A must-watch for every Tom, Dick, and Harry.
When every scene takes the audience on a rib-tickling ride, logic takes a backseat. But what if the humor renews our thought process and yields logical thinking? The outcome is wisdom.