PK to a Babaji in the film -“Yeh jo aap sabahu ka religionva hai na-ee bilkul lull hai.Bhagwan aeka hi hai aur oo ham sab ma basta hai…..or words to that effect”…
(Your notions of religion and God are nonsensical. There is one god and he is within all of us and all around. Your interpretations and rules on religion are based on your vested interests and fuelled by greed, power and fear. Your religion divides and thrives. My God but wants me to have compassion, love and use my mind to reason and make my own sane choices. Your religion encourages violence. My god encourages peace.)
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.
Highly topical and a must watch for all of us in these strife worn times that we live in today. There is a hope that it may get some of the bigots to lighten up and get a fresh perspective on the travesty they have made of religion and God. The Optimist in me wants to see life imitate cinema in block buster quantities. The cynic in me knows that it’s unlikely. The realist will settle for the fact that a few WILL see the merits and act upon them.
As for the technicalities….
The Story– This theme has been explored before somewhat so is not completely new but has been presented with a twist and very humourously by Mr. Hirani. It is the story of how an “outsider” perceives our world.
The Acting-Is superb-so terrific is the cast and the direction.
- The Transistor is a bit mechanical but acquits itself well by its presence alone in a few crucial scenes.
- Aamir Khan has displayed all his famed talent to the hilt.
- Anushka Sharma looks cute and has done well.
- Sushant Singh Rajput fits his role well and is endearing.
- Boman Irani is wasted in a bit role.
- Sanjay Dutt in a funny cameo does well as Bhairon Singh “Bhaya” from Mandawa.
- Saurabh Shukla displays his considerable talent as the slimy Babaji who controls lakhs of people by his supposed powers of “connecting” with God.
- The various bit roles are engaging too.
The Music-By Shantanu Moitra is not memorable but definitely melodious and fits in well in the movie.
The Lyrics – Are by Swanand Kirkire and are lovely.
The Direction– Rajkumar Hirani Is brilliant. The dialogue is funny yet poignant. The look in the village scenes tends to be a bit over the top and too colourful but that seems to be a trend this year. (Mr. Hirani –you succumbed too? tsk tsk!)
There is of course great artistic licence and inconsistencies but the message of the film is real enough to cover it all.