“PK” highlights controversial themes with levity

By Anubhuti Kumar

Courtesy of Deadline
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The second collaboration between director Rajkumar Hirani and actor Amir Khan was a much anticipated one, following the wildly successful original collaboration on the blockbuster hit “Three Idiots.” Living up to expectations, “PK” is an insightful satiric commentary on God and the abuse of faith and religion by the greedy.

The writing is sharp and to the point. “PK” manages to balance comedic moments with serious ones without losing sight of the central theme of corruption amongst the upper echelons of leadership in various religions. By presenting these important notions through the irony and comedy obvious in the stark contrast between the innocence and honest of faith and the corruption and illogicality in ritual and tradition, “PK” brings these notions to a personal level, allowing the audience to face their prejudices.

The film depicts the idea of religion through the eyes of an outsider, an alien played by Amir Khan, which brought a new perspective to the idea. This character asks such innocent and well meaning questions about religion and its practices on Earth that are taken for granted and completely unanswerable. This quality lets “PK” succeed in its purpose to make very plain and simple some negative idiosyncrasies of human tradition that can be together worked upon and improved, even to those most opposed to change.

The actors’ performances are incredible all around. Amir Khan brought so much sincerity to his role as the innocent outsider, making it a very moving and thought-provoking rendering. Anushka Sharma, the female lead, also played her character very believably, seamlessly moving between emotions, serving as a more realistic and relatable character — a foil to Khan’s more eccentric one.

The music serves the story well, moving through the journey with the same innocence and well meaning as the main character. “PK” uses real religious traditions and compares many to each other which serves to highlight the very real contradictions between them and enforce the theme of the movie.

To put it simply, “PK” cannot be missed. Entertaining and intelligent, it appeals to a wide enough audience that everyone will find something to enjoy. “PK” adeptly discusses a serious topic without taking itself too seriously, validating its point and making the audience chuckle at their own questionable practices.

Anubhuti Kumar is a contributing writer. Email her at film@nyunews.com.

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