Watching pk

pk: a rajkumar hirani film

Spoilers’ Alert

PK is childlike, innocent and uncorrupted; like a new born who is confused by the ways of the world. PK takes time to understand fashion, religion, faith, and most importantly Gods while trying to survive on earth and searching for the stolen remote control to his space ship. He questions the beliefs of people, the business of wishes and worships, and the extent to which people go to make their prayers heard. It includes rituals, fasts, sacrifice, and inflicting pain on self as a method of cleansing the soul.

The film leaves behind a good dose of message and food for thought. With good comic scenes, laugh-out-loud innocent dialogues, and the punch one liners, PK definitely qualifies for what is called meaningful entertainment. And of course, Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput’s romantic tale of meeting in Belgium- parting and again finding their way back to each other, was a huge plus point.

pk: a rajkumar hirani film

Aamir Khan’s entry and the following sequences were such a comedy. His big ears and eyes standing out; his weird fashion of shirt, coat and ghagra procured from the ‘dancing cars’; the yellow helmet and the suitcase of essentials containing carrots, stickers of gods, lock and key; and his out of the world logic: couldn’t stop laughing. And, oh, how can one forget the running scenes- bhagam bhag in every attire possible, with pk’s hands protruding in awkward angles. Simply hilarious!! Loved the crazy recharge dance steps, loved his dialect, and his spaceship. Though there’s a bit of ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ and more than a bit of ‘Oh my God’, PK still remains fresh, unique in its story, presentation and innocence.

pk: a rajkumar hirani film

Anushka Sharma is at her best, yet again. Her look and getup is so new and surprisingly good too. The Belgium story with Sushant S Rajput was very short but sweet. The poetry, the shayari and the songs did do their bit of storytelling very well.

What I liked other than the clear messages:
Stories and scenes of meeting and parting do leave an impression. Jaggu and Sharfarosh’s love in Belgium, away from the India- Pakistan great divide, was one of those- love across borders. And then comes Pk. Pk meets Jaggu, and bhaya and holds them dear in such a short span of time. He records and listens to Jaggu’s voice without letting her know. He is so shocked when bhaya dies in the train blast and misses Jaggu so much while leaving for his home with two trunks full of batteries for his cassette player.

PK is a good watch. A meaningful entertainment. Worth all the promotions and the applauds that it’s been receiving. The spirit with which the film was made reaches the audience completely.


Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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