Casts: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt
Banner: Aamir Khan Productions
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Producer: Rajkumar Hirani, Aamir Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Writers: Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi
Music: Shantanu Moitra, Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale
Release Date: 19th December 2014
Story line: A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, P.K.’s innocent questions and childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting-go.
Rajkumar Hirani the director of this movie has stated that the film will be a satire on “God and godmen”.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Rajkumar Hirani (commonly known as Raju Hirani) was born on 20 November, 1962 in Nagpur to a Sindhi family. His father Suresh Hirani ran a typing institute in Nagpur. Hirani family migrated to India from Sindh during Partition of India when Suresh Hirani was 14-year-old. Rajkumar Hirani studied in St. Francis De’Sales High School, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Rajkumar did not have enough marks to get admission in engineering and medical courses so he did his graduation in commerce.Hirani helped his father in his business but he wanted to be actor in Hindi films. In college days he was involved with Hindi theatre. Suresh got his son’s photographs shot and packed him off to an acting school in Mumbai. But Raju could not blend in and returned to Nagpur after three days. His father then asked Raju to apply to the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, but the acting course had shut down by then and chances of admission to the directorial course looked slim as there were far too many applicants. So Raju opted for the editing course. He earned a scholarship, thereby reducing the load on his father’s shoulders
Rajkumar Hirani’s first directorial venture was Munnabhai MBBS (2003) which is considered a cult classic. Munnabhai MBBS not only broke all formulaic conventions associated with Bollywood films but also became a trend setter. Made on a budget of Rs. 100 million, it was a huge hit worldwide and took a distributor share of Rs. 250 million from the Indian market. His second directorial effort was Lage Raho Munnabhai which had a strong cultural impact in India, popularising Gandhism under Munna Bhai’s notion of Gandhigiri. The film was generally well received by both critics and the mass audience and was a huge box office success.
His third film was the comedy 3 Idiots starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani. The film was also very well received by the critics. 3 Idiots became the highest grosser in Indian cinema shattering all records across Indian and overseas markets.
Facts And Figures:
· Film length is 2 hour 33 minutes.
· A 26-day schedule of shooting of PK started in Delhi from 27 September 2013. When the shoot of the film was going on in Chandni Chowk area of Delhi, an FIR was lodged against makers of the film for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in October 2013. The objection was regarding a scene in the film where a man dressed as the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva pulls the rickshaw with two burqa clad women as passengers.
· The first poster came out on 31 July 2014. A motion poster was also released on the same day on YouTube. The poster sparked a controversy as it featured Aamir Khan posing almost nude with only a transistor covering his private parts. The poster was criticized for allegedly promoting obscenity. A PIL was filed in the court by the All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front to ban the release of the film. The Supreme Court dismissed the plea and gave the movie a green signal
· Koimoi reports rumors of a satellite deal in which the satellite rights were sold for INR85 crore (US$14 million) if the domestic business reaches INR 300 crores domestic nett. The music rights were sold for INR15 crore (US$2.4 million)
· The Box office critic are predicting that Pk in its first day will make a collection of 40 Crores INR on its opening day and it will collect more than 400 Crores as Lifetime box office collection.
My Gut Feel and comments:
Raju hirani brought back the characterization in hindi films after long time, beat the character of munna bhai, circuit, chatur ramalingum or viru sahastr budhi etc. His films are pure entertainment with evenly balanced screenplays presented in simplest way possible. In his three films as director he has offered stories with mass appeal which connected well with Indian audience, same seems to be the case with PK.
PK appears to be bit experimental in nature as far its screenplay or story line is concerned however one this is clear that it would be holding the entertainment value backed by some interesting performances. Length of the movie is just over two and a half hour, I believe it should be shorten by 15 minutes as these day holding the attention of audience for this much long is a daunting task.
Aamir khan is looking extraordinary in promos and anushka appearing refreshing. It has been observed off late that big banner films with superstars are low in the content still manage to do good business at box office resultant of high voltage marketing and extensive screening around festivals or holidays which practically do not do justice to the audience and can be considered as cheating as even being average movies they do wonderful business at box office. However this does not seems to be case with PK and as per my gut feel it would be a treat to audience and live up to the expectations.
I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars, four days before the release.