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May 23, 2015 Saturday     
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 :




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



(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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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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19 July 2014 / bobbysing /
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(Spoilers – The review reveals film’s basic storyline)
Continuing from where he left four years back in AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI, writer-director Raj Kumar Santoshi strikes again with another of his slapstick comedy called PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO wherein we have Shahid Kapoor trying almost similar things as played by Ranbir Kapoor in the 2009 hit. So as per the execution is concerned this is exactly like a differently named sequel of APKGK which tries too hard to generate another box office success on the lines of the Ranbir-Katrina starrer, hugely appreciated by the masses four years back.
Though in his latest comedy, Santoshi stresses a lot more on the emotional factor and mother-son relationship right from the first frame to the last. Still the good thing is that the film does have some fun filled comic moments reminding you of Santoshi’s cult comedy ANDAZ APNA APNA and thus for me its much better than APKGK which I couldn’t enjoy a lot, to be honest. In reality APKGK got a huge boost due to its big star-cast and hit melodious music missing in PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO. But the truth is that you will find more traces of that good old Santoshi of AAA in this Shahid-Ileana starrer (not relying on any Chaplin like sequences) as compared to director’s 2009 blockbuster, quite frankly.
Having said that, the other dark side of the coin remains that PPNH does have an avoidable list of hiccups associated with its plot & story progression, which are sure going to restrict its box office results, as it seems. The film begins exactly like a typical Bollywood family drama of the 80s and then has a song in store too before the comedy takes it over from the front. The narration takes time to set the mood in but once it comes into the flow, you have a pretty good first half with many hilarious scenes and witty dialogues to enjoy on the lines of ANZAZ APNA APNA. The opening 30 minutes also have a surprise sequence with SALMAN KHAN wherein he too mentions AAA Part 2 being made by Santoshi with Aamir Khan in a sarcastic tone. Both Shahid and Ileana perform well in the comic sequences, brilliantly supported by four exceptional actors namely Sanjay Mishra, Saurabh Shukla, Darshan Jariwala and Zakir Hussain. Together they put up a good show in few sequences and one overall enjoys the first half ignoring its initial weak moments and the deliberate songs.
Post intermission, as the viewers are ready to enjoy it more, surprisingly the film goes into a different mode altogether and drops badly. The long emotional & slightly absurd insertions simply ruin the enjoyable build up of its first half and one starts losing patience waiting for its promised comic moments for long. After a while it does strike back, but is not able to generate the similar kind of impact as made in its initial hour, till the climax. The villain’s additional plot of Operation White Elephant simply falls flat since its neither scary nor funny in its outdated execution. Further a few songs (in shorter versions) are thrown in just like that and the film’s clumsy end (treating the Police real bad) lacks the solid punch required in such comic scripts.
Musically PPNH has one enjoyable track “Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai”, which is not only melodiously composed (Pritam) and well sung (Mika) but also has a dazzling choreography well adapted by Shahid. Plus I also liked “Main Rang Sharbaton Ka” while watching it on the screen featuring the stunning Ileana. Besides both background score and cinematography enhance the comedy sequences fairly as required.        
In the performance section, it’s a Shahid Kapoor film all the way and the actor tries almost everything in his act quite convincingly (and he even mentions the same in one of his dialogues). Shahid shows variety in his act but unfortunately the script plays the spoil sport here particularly in the second half. Ileana in her second film post BARFI plays it well but doesn’t get any strong role to present her acting skills. She undoubtedly has a promise to make but needs to look into the styling department urgently as she frankly appeared to be more ravishing and beautiful in her songs than the scenes.
It was really a treat to watch Padmini Kolhapure in a major, long length role after a long time but I don’t think the generation today is really willing to listen to emotional family songs as used in the film’s both halves. Providing the much needed comic support, Sanjay Mishra, Saurab Shukla, Darshan Jariwala and Zakir Hussain are truly superb with their admirable timing. Mukesh Tiwari sincerely tries hard to put up a good show as the villain but Nargis Fakhri is not up to the mark in her song-dance cameo. Also Rana Jung Bahadur and Navin Prabhakar are just there in few scenes to fill up the space.
Putting it together, the biggest merit of PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO is its clean, enjoyable comedy (away from sex and double meaning stuff), along with many funny, entertaining dialogues which instantly reminds you of the director’s first comic movie released almost two decades back. Yes, the film cannot be termed as a great entertainer or a perfect comedy due to its many drawbacks mostly visible post intermission. Yet I would like to rate it much more than Santoshi’s last APKGK for the only reason that it did reach quite close to the unique ANDAZ APNA APNA in its few scenes thankfully.
Now coming to the INSPIRATION Section of the review, PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO gets its basic inspiration from various sources as mentioned below:
1. The title of the film is taken from a dialogue of HERO HIRALAL (1988) in which Naseeruddin Shah comes out tearing a film’s poster and says the same words.
2. The very first scene of the film dealing with a self confessed traffic challaan is straight out of FERRARI KI SAWAARI (2012) wherein Sharman Joshi does the same act as done by Padmini Kolhapure.
3. Most importantly (as also confessed in a dialogue of the film only), the whole story idea of PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO (in its first half) has been inspired from MUNNA BHAI MBBS with the theme of Doctor being replaced by an Inspector. To elaborate it further, as seen in Munna Bhai film, here the hero’s mother thinks that her son has become an Inspector and she is coming to visit him in the town. Knowing this, the hero becomes a fake inspector and all his friends play different roles of a hawaldaar, a social worker and more to support the inspector’s act.
Anyway, if you loved watching AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI a lot, then you are sure going to enjoy PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO too as a one-time watch, particularly for all its entertaining funny moments in the first half. So just keep that yardstick in mind and make your own decision for the coming weekend.
Rating : 2.5 / 5
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20 September 2013 / bobbysing /
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