Art for Art's Sake: PK


*spoiler alert* 

So I never EVER thrash books, movies, music and other forms of art for one simple reason- its art for art’s sake, which means it has been created out of a desire to express a view or feeling; as a result making it a subjective topic to judge.

This PK was a completely different story.

To begin with the plot stitched together completely random story ideas that ranged from romance to sci-fi to religion to corruption (I swear!), and used terrible humor, totally unnecessary innuendos to glue it all together.

A mysterious trailer, which if you look no-so-closely reveals the non existence of a real plot combined with a pretty stellar cast of Aamir Khan, Boman Irani and Anushka Sharma. So what went wrong?

A few minutes into the movie I wanted to sink into my seat or run out because I was cringing with every horrible attempt at humour made or every time they let the camera collect way to many details in order to dramatise the plot. The plot traces the journey of a very naive alien, so naive that he loses his only way home and takes the long way around to finally recovering his property and going back to his planet of nude people and too-cool-for-yoga relaxation techniques. Yes, that is what I paid to watch for 3 hours.

Let’s talk theme: so I imagined that if Aamir Khan was in it, it must have something to it. I was wrong. It was basically the Bhakti movement from 6th C all over again, with a new leader spearheading the movement 1500 years later. Let us reform religion so we can reach out to the larger disbelieving numbers! This was followed by some not so subtle mockery of headline hungry, very desperate and shabbily dressed TV journalists. OH, the horror! The big finale- a love story which was trolled from the start! It took an alien to point that out. 

In conclusion PK was like one of those propaganda cartoons/storylines aimed at brainwashing the public about uniting the masses and standing up against corruption. 

A few parting words:

Look you are a great actor and your social activism is effective and all but just stick to Satyamev Jayte okay, don’t mix it with Bollywood: it is counterproductive! 

And Anushka that haircut is a terrible idea; it brings ALL the attention to your very Miley Cyrus meets Kesha lips. 


Forget the stars just plain advice for you: unless you live in Chennai or have amazingly fast internet, save your money and don’t watch PK.

Meanwhile in other more important news, Rajasthan is a great location to film in and Lido has some very yummy Cheese Popcorn and (according to my brother) decent coffee. 


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