The year of 2014 for Bollywood cinema was “Mehhhh” or even better words ‘Kaput’ We have had several promising performances from big wigs such as Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra and Siddharth Malhotra and it was the leading stars in each of their respective roles that managed to carry the entire weight of their films on their shoulders. In a nut shell, mediocre films with mind-blowing performances, some strong messages conveyed but nothing compare worthy to a Ram Leela or Bhaag Milka Bhaag. However, this past weekend I watched my most awaited film of the year, PK; which definitely did not fail to blow my god damn mind and granted me back the opportunity to put Bollywood back on its pedestal. Hallelujah!
Rajkumar Hirani and Aamir Khan join forces once again to entertain, educate and elevate the subject of religion and God in the most wittiest and knowledgeable manner. Through a well-scripted storyline, Aamir Khan makes us all howl in laughter and cry in tears with his faultless antics, staggering expressions and ridiculous banters as the character PK. On an extremely specialized quest, PK stumbles upon the battle of religion and god’s belief system. Initially not knowing which religion to follow and eventually sharing his coherent and imperative outlook of these sensitive topics through the context of the words ‘wrong number’ with the help of Jaggu, played by Anushka Sharma. Brilliant story line and considering the endless inhuman acts of violence currently taking place in our world today, I cannot express how relevant this film is to our society. We as individuals utilize our chosen identities of religion to create unnecessary barriers and divide us as a community, nation and world. God himself/herself does not send us on this planet with a verified stamp stating what religion to follow. We can all come to a mutual understanding that god is one; yet we as humans have created two – (these are direct references from the movie and possibly one the strongest scenes in the film)
The message is clear and concise – religion divides us as human beings because we allow it to. Rather than coming together in unity and supporting one another we choose to be divided into these separate entity’s and become victims of the absurd things society teaches us through fashion, food, relationships, etc. Personally, I have never really thought of the commonsensical reasoning that even fashion/style can divide us as a world; as day to day I attempt to become accustomed to incorporating different cultures into my personal style and Vancouver could not be more of an ideal city for this motive. Nonetheless, YES fashion/style is a form of self expression, and certain cultural backgrounds inherit a signature trademark of style that identifies to their religion in order to alienate themselves from other religions and this in fact is a ‘wrong number’
Hands down the best movie of 2014 and a must watch film for audiences of all races, ages, genders and crazy perceptions. I only watched the movie THREE times this past weekend – yes, call me crazy! Thanks for reading y’all! Xo.