PK: The Fanatic's Froth

"I must publicly laud the flair some people have got to create issues out of nothing. If evaluated analytically, PK preaches us to bu...

"I must publicly laud the flair some people have got to create issues out of nothing. If evaluated analytically, PK preaches us to bust the business of those who exploit the afraid. The previous line is self-explanatory."
I have a habit of browsing news channels whenever I get time. Some call it good; others tag me a "nerd". Yesterday, while browsing through the channels, I switched on to Times Now at prime time noon and rather found a shocking display: Right-wing activists vandalising multiplexes that screened 'PK', a recent Aamir-starrer film. While this unfortunate incident occurred a few cities (Bhopal, Agra, etc.), it is common sense that such acts spread like wildfire. I am not paid by the 'PK' team, nor am I a hardcore purist. Therefore, I have scripted, what I feel is from a neutral perspective. In recent times, the RSS has stepped up re-conversion or 'Ghar Wapsi' programmes. These acts are not only uncalled for, but are also deemed void by the Constitution.


Yes, I have watched PK. The previous line was intentionally put into place, as I believe contentious people are quick to step up the heat. From an average film-goer's perspective, 'PK' does not hurt any "religious sentiments". On the contrary, the film is one of the masterpieces of director Hirani so far. I have so far not watched a single film that dared to venture in the domain of religion and self-styled godmen. The answer to why Hirani's films are a pleasure to watch is he is a creative genius.

Let's bite the toast: What is wrong with PK? Why are a few multifaceted organisations raising the outcry that PK commits anti-religious activities? The most straightforward answer is nothing. PK, in my opinion is a marvellous attempt at creating communal harmony instead of the obverse. I must publicly laud the flair some people have got to create issues out of nothing. If evaluated analytically, PK preaches us to bust the business of those who exploit the afraid. The previous line is self-explanatory.


The film, in a subtle way, raises a few fundamental questions: Are we born with religious birthmarks? Should we have blind faith in our religion? How do we reach God? PK does not single out any particular religion. It beautifully reflects the vices of the modern society. I can only think of these people as staunch pessimists.

Statistically, PK has broken worldwide Box-Office records for highest gross collections. As the Koimoi team puts it, "The film has grossed 433.50 crores (including 93 crores from Overseas) worldwide, and has now beaten the collections of Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express". This explains that Gen Y has a different outlook: and that it does not support irrational deeds. The revelation is in itself heart-warming, and leads us to safely believe that India is going in safe hands.

As PK puts it, "Yeh Wrong Number hai!". Well said.

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