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December 21, 2014 Sunday     
The magician Raj Kumar Hirani is back with his PK played by the perfectionist Aamir Khan enacting yet another unique character in a film produced by the experienced Vidhu Vinod Chopra who perfectly knows how to keep a team of exceptionally creative geniuses together to get a Hit conceived.
However this write-up is more about the possible inspirations of PK beginning from the most obvious one released in 2012 titled OH MY GOD, which was an official Indianised remake of the English film THE MAN WHO SUED GOD (2001).
Moving a step ahead than OMG, PK doesn’t showcase any real GOD coming on to the earth and also isn’t about any court case filed against the supreme power copying the concept completely. But it would be simply bizarre to say that it has nothing similar to what we earlier enjoyed in the courageous project made in 2012 becoming the first Hindi film boldly talking about the issue without any fear or hesitation.
To give you an idea (as written in my review), in the first half both films have their own sequences questioning the GOD’s existence, mocking the rituals blindly followed all over putting up many relevant queries. And then in the second half we have a collective session involving every major character in the script giving their own justification in favour or against the concept of GOD quite boldly. Now where OMG had this collective session in a court with all the GOD-MEN standing in the box in front of the judge, PK has the same kind of arguments given to the GOD-MAN in a news channel’s talk show going live, anchored by the leading lady of the film herself. So it would be really posing blind if one cannot see the exact similarities in both the films as mentioned above.
Further PK really puts me in doubts that whether Hirani had this idea of using the concept of GOD in his film before the release of OMG or developed it after that film getting some clear inspirations from its famous scenes. Giving the director a benefit of doubt, if he really had this idea before OMG, then he & his writers must have done a great amount of re-writing after watching Paresh Rawal asking all similar questions in that film in his own impeccable way.
Revealing the other possible inspiration of PK, the name is again of Robin Williams, the man Hirani seems to be a true fan of, since his MUNNA BHAI M.B.B.S also had the shades of Robin’s PATCH ADAMS (1998). And this time its MORK & MINDY, an American T.V. series aired between 1978-1982.
The famous sit-com is based on an exactly similar plot wherein the character of Mork, an alien played by Robin Williams, arrives on Earth in his spacecraft, assigned with a job to observe human behavior. Here he meets a young girl Mindy (Pam Dawber), who is feeling sad after a split/argument with her boyfriend and Mork offers her a friendly assistance. Looking at his odd dress up and strange talks she first considers him as a priest offering help, but soon gets the shock of her life when Mork very innocently tells her the truth about him being an alien coming from a different planet.
Knowing the unbelievable fact, Mindy promises that she will not reveal this secret to anyone and then takes Mork to her home as a caring friend. The story moves further as they both start living together with Mindy trying to explain Mork how to adjust with the life on Earth and then the couple eventually falling in love too as usual. But Mork is used to do everything as per his own customs learned showing some magical powers. For example he keeps speaking few gibberish words repeatedly and doesn’t know how to lie to anyone as Lying is considered a joke on his planet. The end of the episodes in this series was of utmost importance as in the last scene Mork used to send his reports back to his master ORSON, telling him what he had learned about Earth through his weird experiences. And these end-summaries used to have many humorous comments on the social rituals followed on Earth.
Incidentally the character of Mork appeared in an episode of series HAPPY DAYS aired before MORK & MINDY which was in fact an extension of another American sitcom telecast in 1963-66 titled MY FAVORITE MARTIAN in which the alien visiting the Earth could also become invisible, read the mind of people he used to meet and the one helping him out happened to be a news reporter too. Plus another film titled EPSILON (1997) was also based on a similar concept discussed above.
Hence in short, we can easily conclude that PK is OH MY GOD meets MORK & MINDY conceived entertainingly by the director who knows his craft well, featuring all his fixed enjoyable elements as it is………. except novelty.
You can read more about the series at the following links :

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077053/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mork_%26_Mindy

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120764/

and can watch the first episode of the two series by clicking below :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6aePsEBWuE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9PZ4VfPtXc
Cheers!

(A big thanks to V.Madhurageethan for giving this valuable information in his comment resulting in the present write-up)
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20 December 2014 / bobbysing /
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Revealing the gist in the first line itself (with a purpose), yes PK is a slickly written, engaging film once again talking about that Supreme Power post OH MY GOD (2012), focusing more on providing entertainment and less on the emotional depth required by the important subject honestly. No, the film is not in the same league of Raj Kumar Hirani’s earlier three brilliant films to be straight. But since it talks about the right things at the right time in a rare comical tone making the much needed impression, I would like you all to watch it before reading the review having some straight indications towards it main plot as spoilers.
Coming to its basic plot in the first scene itself, as speculated rightly, PK is about an alien visiting the planet earth with a purpose of knowing more about the people living here having similar bodies as their own. Aamir Khan plays the alien here to perfection having all human-like features and Anushka plays the girl working for a news channel, helping Aamir in the city of Delhi and using him too for her own hidden purpose of making a hit story. The entertainment actually begins when they both meet at a metro station and then later brings in many other interesting characters like a disappointed father, a misunderstood lover boy, a fraud God-man, an annoyed channel owner and many more to give you an engaging 150 minutes talking about something important.
The first half of the film is full of many enjoyable sequences that at once remind you of few famous jokes read at the social networks, like remember that picture of sleepers having a lock keeping them together so that they don’t get stolen in front of a temple or few enlightening jokes mixing two or more Gods together. Beginning with a very amateurish kind of love relationship developing overnight between Anushka and Sushant, it never gives you a dull moment before intermission with Aamir Khan speaking in a different hilarious tone, making brilliant face expressions, raising many thoughtful doubts on the existence of GOD.
However the same cannot be said about its second half as here we go the same clichéd way with nothing novel as per the concept is concerned, having a completely predictable love angle thrown in (with the alien) thankfully not given too much footage in the narration. The last hour keeps reminding you of OH MY GOD with many similar settings and then the end offering few well-written twists and turns (involving the letter) brings smiles on your faces and tears in the eyes too as always expected from a Raj Kumar Hirani climax unconditionally. But overall, despite having that emotional end with another surprising cameo of a big star, PK is not able to give you that huge creative satisfaction, experienced in Hirani’s earlier three films creating a big chemical locha in your hearts while walking out of the theaters.
In the performances section, no doubt, Aamir plays his part extremely well making the best use of his odd ears. He simply excels as the alien and doesn’t let you think about the flaws throughout the film leading from the front. Carrying the film all alone Aamir gets some fine support from Anushka Sharma, who once again proves her effortless mastery in playing such lively characters. Sushant Singh Rajput impresses in his few scenes, whereas Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Dutt and Boman Irani are not given any great roles to play quite surprisingly. Particularly it was really disappointing to see Boman Irani doing such an unimportant role after playing the lifeline of all three Hirani films till date, enacting three unique characters considered as benchmarks in the field of acting. Moreover here we have Parikshit Sahni once again doing the similar role of a father as seen in Hirani’s previous movies along with Ram Sethi (Pyarelal) making a lovable cameo too.
Music remains another weaker section of PK as I couldn’t remember even one song while walking out of the theater. And that certainly wasn’t the case in any of Hirani’s earlier films. Yes both the lyricists and the singers have done their job very well but it was the melody I couldn’t find in most of the songs in the soundtrack putting it honestly. To pick out a few its “Chaar Kadam” and “Bhagwan” sounding fine while watching the film, mainly due to their fabulous rendition by the talented singers. Adding to the comparatively weaker departments, this time neither the cinematography nor the background score was able to make some major contribution in the film quit unexpectedly.
Coming to the major disappointment I felt while watching PK, first of all I wasn’t really expecting a part two of OH MY GOD offering all seen before kind of sequences and dialogues. In fact this really puts me in doubts that whether Hirani had this idea of using the concept of GOD in his film before the release of OMG or developed it after that film getting some clear inspirations from its famous scenes. Giving the director a benefit of doubt, if he really had this idea before OMG, then he & his writers must have done a great amount of re-writing after watching Paresh Rawal asking all similar questions in that film in his own impeccable way.
Moving more deep into the comparisons with OH MY GOD, one cannot simply ignore the similarities between these two films, as in the first half both have their own sequences questioning the GOD’s existence, mocking the rituals followed all over blindly putting up many relevant queries. And then in the second half we have a collective session involving all major characters in the script giving their own justification in favour or against the concept of GOD quite boldly. Now where OMG had this collective session in a court with all the GOD-MEN standing in the box in front of the judge, PK has the same kind of arguments given to the GOD-MAN in a news channel’s talk show going live, anchored by the leading lady of the film herself. So it would be really posing blind if one cannot see the exact similarities in both the films as mentioned above.
Further in my opinion, OH MY GOD had cracked this idea of questioning the existence of GOD and religion in a much deeper, detailed and introspective manner, rising above its all comic insertions included to provide the entertainment factor. However PK uses this concept in a much lighter manner simply focusing more on inserting many enjoyable sequences for the viewers in its 150 minutes of content written around the same plot with an added element of featuring an alien instead of a common man.
Having said that PK still has one big edge over OMG when it maintains the dignity of the concept of GOD as it is and doesn’t interfere in its existence dragging him down to the earth giving it any commercial form. Recalling my review of OMG, the biggest problem I had with that film was, with its idea of bringing the GOD on earth in a manly avatar as Akshay Kumar, which simply ruined its own brilliant writing contradicting it completely (and this was not there in the original film it was based on). Now PK very intelligently doesn’t get involved in that mess at all. It talks about GOD, questions about GOD and then leaves it like a mystery to be solved as it is very rightly. So here PK gets an edge over OMG in terms of understanding the concept perfectly keeping its mystery intact.
The second factor that makes PK a one step ahead than OMG is the point raised on religious conversions which was missing earlier. And as I have understood, any kind of conversion done willfully is simply claiming yourself as more intelligent than the Supreme Power, declaring his decision as wrong and also proclaiming one religion better than the other, which is another absurdity being followed all over quite weirdly. In short one can move from being religious to be an atheist, which can be justified logically. But considering any particular religion better than the other clearly proves that one still has not understood even G of GOD to be straight, since all religions or sects in reality talk about the same Supreme Power in their own different forms and languages.
Adding to my disappointments, no doubt PK is a slickly written, well edited film with only few dragging moments in the second half. Still I cannot rate it above any of the three Hirani films seen earlier as it does lack that novel punch and falters in many sequences making it a forceful attempt (in its dialogues too) in the instances given below.
Firstly it has the most amateurish and fastest love affair even written in a script, happening between two well educated, independent  individuals (from India and Pakistan) studying abroad in the present times of instant connectivity.
Secondly, pointing towards the most relevant question in its script (in Delhi, the city film is based in) whenever we have to question a person that ‘Is he drunk’ annoyingly then we say, “Pee Kay Aaya Hai Kya?” or “Peeya Hai Kya?” but nobody says “Pee Kay Hai Kya?” sounding incomplete as if missing something in the words. Therefore the question “Pee Kay Hai Kya?” has been deliberately written just to suit the requirement giving the alien his catchy name. Plus another vulgar word in the dialogues beginning from L, was also not expected in a Raj Kumar Hirani project. 
Thirdly, in the film PK is supposedly speaking Bhojpuri which doesn’t really seem to be the language exactly. Instead it looks like a distorted version of Hindi only most of the times that can be clearly understood by all. So here the language too takes a beating in order to suit the requirement.
Next, a bomb blast is used in the film all of a sudden without any seriousness with a pinch of humour too, which could have been avoided. And recalling my experience of the theater I really didn’t like people laughing in the bomb blast sequence just looking at the way PK was made to sit in a weird posture. That was in fact sick.
Lastly, probably this is the first film finding the courage to show an old SIKH character as a beggar asking for money like a conman. Perhaps the times have changed and the portrayal of SIKHS in films has gone through a drastic transformation since the last two decades. Yet since films are a mirror of reality, I would not like to blame the writers for this rare, questionable portrayal, but would like to alarm the community itself to look into this issue positively and think about their visible downfall in the recent times resulting in such representation on the screen in one of the biggest Hindi film of the year.
Summing it all, PK is a fine satire on GOD and Godmen as a sequel or one step ahead than OH MY GOD using an alien doing the same what Paresh Rawal did earlier, in a more comical and entertaining manner. Its not easy to present such a sensitive subject in a funny script giving an important social message. Hence PK surely remains a must watch movie for all raising many repetitive but valid points about the existence of GOD. But I was frankly expecting something more fresh and innovative from the exceptional team of Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani and Aamir Khan.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
Note : It’s really sad that WE can be so easily brainwashed by Big Stars delivering the same content again in a different style. Because had it be there with any other team, this would have been easily called as a clone.
However the main point here is that,
Are these films bringing any kind of change in us in terms of RELIGION?
Or These Stars and their works cannot simply influence us when it comes to this crucial element of our lives and films are just films to be enjoyed and forgotten..........making no contribution in our living patterns, making them much better.
Just give it a thought.
HIS BLESSINGS
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19 December 2014 / bobbysing /
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After watching this not so appreciable adaptation of the original Tamil hit with the same title PIZZA, I reached an important conclusion on why many of my friends are not interested in watching the actual South movies being regularly remade in Hindi Cinema. And logically the reason is that when the adaptation turns out to be so uninteresting and disappointing for them all then they are obviously forced to assume that the original might be a fluke hit with more avoidable similar stuff and nothing else. As a result they remain deprived of many great worth watching projects and the blame completely goes to the Hindi film-makers adapting such path breaking films so unimpressively.
Sadly this week’s ‘horror-thriller-suspense’ remake once again commits the same serious crime of disgracing the original and why I have used the phrase ‘horror-thriller-suspense’ to describe the film, would only be clear once you have watched it knowing the real secret of its ghosts as its major surprising twist.
Talking about the experience of watching PIZZA as a new release (irrespective of its remake status), the film actually doesn’t work since it takes too much time to deliver the much awaited spooky content, has much less to offer in terms of horror or 3D and fails to build up the tension as expected by any fan of this particular genre. The first half keeps trying to make an impact with only one character alone which becomes monotonous after a while and then the deliberately prolonged climax spoils the whole game (which is not there in the original). No doubt the novel revelation in the finale does provide you something to think about while walking out of the theater. But the huge damage made earlier never lets you praise the movie despite its interesting culmination to say the real truth.
Actually the fault completely lies in the re-writing and unimaginative treatment adapted by director Akshay Akkineni who forcibly tries to add something of his own to the script unnecessarily. Particularly towards the last 30 minutes of the film, which turn out to be the major drag making much lesser impact on the viewer than it could, with a quicker and smarter climax as seen in the original. Further weak handling of two main characters in the story progression, the lead actor’s spooky wife and the tantric visiting the pizza joint in the beginning, truly fail to create any kind of mysterious premise for the viewers as brilliantly conceived in the Tamil hit.
The performances range from below average to mediocre, soundtrack gives you nothing to write about and cinematography despite being decent, fails to incorporate any special angles for the 3D, going against the huge expectations made from the specific format. On the other hand, background score and sound effects do try to bring you on to the edge of your seat, but it’s the long lazy sequences in the film which don’t let them achieve their desired results on the screen.
To sum it all, PIZZA is an experimental attempt having some novelty in its theme unarguably. But watching the Hindi remake of the original is sure going to spoil the magic of its splendid suspense beautifully tackled in the Tamil Hit. The actual version is rough, raw, believable and a worth watching venture indeed for all horror genre lovers. So if you are really interested in witnessing something out of the routine then do watch the original Tamil PIZZA with subtitles and skip this lousy version of the same made ambiguously.
Rating : 1+1 / 5 (With an additional one just for the great experimental twist in the climax.)
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