PK was a much better film than I had expected it to be – well, I certainly liked it a lot more than Aamir’s previous release Dhoom 3. With a deceptively simple premise, the film is fun and engages the audience in the first half and parts of the second too. I also like how Hirani’s lightness of touch is evident throughout the film, with a two parts humour one parts logic approach to religion and the way it can be taken out of context with devastating effect.
However, if PK has one flaw, it is the fact that it meanders – much like an examination in school, the film not only gives the answer but shows us how it is all worked out too. Whilst this is relevant and necessary at the start (especially in explaining how PK manages to survive for so long), after a while, this device begins to drag and one wishes Hirani would stick to show rather than show and tell.
Performance wise, Khan is back on form after the gurn fest that was Dhoom 3 (I clearly have not forgiven or forgotten). Though he does appear a little too forced and overexcited at times, one cannot doubt his mettle in the major scenes of the film. Sharma is also very entertaining, making Jagga a real tomboy and likeable character when she could have easily irritated. Shukla also deserves props for his turn as the corrupt cult leader, playing the role quite simply and magnifying the effect as a result.
PK did remind me of Umesh Shukla’s Oh My God! which dealt with the same topic with far more bite but PK does have an abundance of wit and spirit at hand, which when dispensed well, make for an enjoyable film. Certainly more entertaining than most of 2014’s releases, driven by star power and a social message, PK is worth a watch and ends the year in Hindi cinema on a positive note.