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Sunday, 21 December 2014

PK: Film Review

A brilliant review by Dr. Praveen Patil

"Moral of the story? It’s simple you idiots, all Hindu Godmen, Hindu Gods (and Hindu men for that matter) are thugs and thieves, so in Pakistanis we must trust."

My thoughts

The left-liberals are continuing their intellectual assault using twisted facts, at a time when Hindus are wasting their time going overboard on celebrating the victories of Narendra Modi, in bombastic rhetoric about rise of India and on spinning notoriety in media (due to their short-sighted stunts like the conversion of Bangladeshi labourers). We desperately need serious intellectual preparation to establish our idea of India.

We love to criticise our religion, laugh at our gods and expose our godmen. But the film, just like OMG, paints Hinduism in a negative light by one-sided mischaracterisations. On the other hand, it paints a utopian picture about man-woman love, India-Pakistan relations and corporate media benignity. Among the religions also,  PK like OMG, specifically and disproportionately, attacks Hinduism.

Philosophically, the film does what the humanists did in the 19th century Europe. Instead of negating God, just push Him as far as possible from human affairs, Deism. God exists and the Bible is an allegory, but there is no use of Church, priesthood and rites. So, finally in the 20th century, when the society has been prepared, they can say God is dead. In a similar way, the left-liberals want to remove Krishna, Bhagavad Gita and Dharma from the psyche of the Hindus. 

Further Thoughts

I watched PK the second time yesterday (I never go to cinema theater). We love to criticise our religion, laugh at our gods and expose our godmen. This should not change, otherwise Hinduism will become like the faith of Abraham, uncritical, violent and materialistic. However, we must also look at this thing in the context of the clash of civilisations thesis. There are three kinds of Breaking India forces, viz., Evangelists, Jihadis and Naxals, besides external threats of China and Pakistan (financed by Anglo-Saxon, Turko-Arab and Han imperialists). The Nehruvian Consensus has failed to protect our national interests. It gave us Pakistani occupation of portions of Jammu and Kashmir, Chinese occupation of the entire Tibet and Kailash-Mansarovar, Fabian socialist rate of growth, fraudulent historical theories, demographic catastrophe in our neighbourhood and peripheral regions and widening disparities between metropolis and hinterland (of course, it laid foundations of modern Hinduism through reform of Hindu law and science and technology in atomic energy and space research). Hindutva has emerged as a viable alternative, but it requires a lot of intellectual manthan to produce ideas that can make India a Great Power and Hinduism (or Dharmic tradition including Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and tribal religions) as one of the great four civilisations (besides, Judeo-Christianity, Islam and Confucianism).

PK is critical of all religions, but the Hindus are enraged to a greater degree because they consider God to be accessible through multitude of forms, rituals and disciplines, while for the faith of Abraham, God is transcendent and not immanent. A transcendent, not immanent God is inaccessible, except through prophethood. It is the prophets who reveal God's Word, His laws and His grace (in Christianity, the Word appears in flesh as Christ). Although some pagan forms, rituals and disciplines have entered Abrahamism (e.g., saint veneration), in its puritanical form, it has no contradiction with the message of PK. The philosophical implication of PK is Deism, unknowability of God, which will lead to Monotheism if the premise of prophethood is accepted (that was never questioned in PK). I do not think Evangelical and Wahhabi fundamentalists would be one bit offended by PK, Catholics, Shias and Sufis may feel a bit uneasy, but Hindus will be quite worried (unless of course, if you are a Nirgunavadi, Arya Samaji or secular). However, Hindus are so open-minded that they have embraced the film, can the followers of Abraham (not secularists) tolerate a satire on the doctrine of prophethood?

I have another problem with PK. It paints utopian portraits of man-woman love, India-Pakistan relations and corporate media benignity. A young man falls in love with a young woman in Belgium, they suddenly separate for a couple of years without any contact and still, the man is waiting for his love and the woman has him in her heart although he supposedly betrayed her. This is deification of Shakespearean romantic love, a false god, rare in the post-modern society.

An Indian journalism student in Belgium, instead of being excited, feels dejected in knowing an architecture student there is Pakistani. We know secular journalists love Pakistanis.Then, love sweeps away the dejection and they engage in romantic love. After they are separated, the young man informs the Pakistani embassy, which eagerly waits for a call from Delhi, so that the lovers can be united. I don't think there is any such agenda is Pakistan's foreign policy. I strongly disagree that there is a great love jihad strategy to conquer Hindu womanhood, so why is the Pakistani embassy in Belgium interested to improve matrimonial ties with India? Can diplomats and bureaucrats of Pakistan, who are mostly Hinduphobic (even if they are not, it is not their official duty), behave that way?

Lastly, the news channel is shown to be a great paragon of rationality and public good. It is a money-making enterprise, so is PK. The controversy has earned them several crores profit, free publicity and even tax-free status in UP-Bihar. Great marketing strategy!


  1. Other great reviews.

    Madhu Kishwar:

    The most objectionable part of PK is that it attacks these core values of Hinduism in the same vocabulary and spirit that Christianity and Islam have used to attack Hindu faiths. The message of the film given through PK is that people should worship the True Almighty God and not the various gods invented by human beings because that amounts to “dialing the wrong number”.

    Ratan Sharda:

    Surely, Hinduism is most open to self criticism and self correction, so such movies should not lead to violence. There are better ways to register unhappiness and complain about being pushed around for being 'good boys'. May be Hindus should have sent you 'Get well soon' cards like Munna bhai.

    Reply to PK and Oh My God:

    A skit.

  2. Bina PK skit