Bollywood Movie PK - Success Or Failure?
PK has been highly successful in terms of its overall box office collections, crossing 200 crores in the first week of release itself. But did it actually deliver the message it intended to?
Let me first tell you that this is not a review for the movie PK. This is a discussion on if the movie is actually successful or not.
The Bollywood movie PK claims to convey that all religions points to the message of love. But sadly, the release of the movie did hurt the religious sentiments of a particular community, intentionally or not intentionally.
Anyone can easily say PK is highly successful in terms of the profit it made over few days. But is it a success or a failure when we consider its impact on the society where it is released? Did PK succeed in creating a positive impact in a secular society or did it negatively affect the secular system? Here is where we need to think whether it is a social success or a social failure.
The question is, how can a movie deliver a secular message when a group of people's religious sentiments are hurt?
Is it possible to do it that way?
PK is released in India on December 19th, 2014. The release of the movie was much awaited as it is the work of a very talented and promising team, who had created some extraordinarily brilliant films in the previous years.
Here is why many people think the movie PK is a failure in terms of its impact on the society.
The release of the film caused religious sentiments and rifts among people. And this happened in a country where a number of people belong to many religions and faiths and follow many kinds of rituals as part of their faith.
In a democratic country, you do have the right to express your voice and you do have the right to agree or disagree whatever the matter is. Democracy also means each individual has the right to follow his or her faith and practice the rituals, provided you don't harm others by practicing them. However, a secular system is only possible if everyone learns to respect the faith of others, whether you agree with it or not.
Making fun of the religious sentiments associated with a particular religion's rituals can seriously hurt the secular system and negatively affect the friendly relations among people of different faiths. And yes, this is a serious issue, especially in a country where people of different faiths live very nearby.
Think of it this way. You stay with someone who follows a different faith and practices different rituals. You can choose to agree or quietly disagree with what he or she is practicing. But will it work if you openly mock and make of fun of their faith? Do you think it is possible to stay under the same roof if you hurt the beliefs of the other one, and still hope to have a peaceful environment? Either it ends up in the emotional abuse of the more tolerant, or you will fight, or you will split.
Is that what we want in our world?
A movie has a great impact on its audience. It can positively or negatively impact the society. It can be fun and entertainment to watch a good movie, but one has to seriously think before releasing a movie that handles a sensitive subject like religion, because everyone hopes for a peaceful world where we all respect each other's beliefs. We already have enough problems regarding religions and we don't want more of it.
Can't we choose to be a part of the solutions, rather than creating more fights and rifts?
One can argue that it is the problem of those who take it too personally and sensitively, rather than seeing the movie as an artwork created for the sole purpose of entertainment.
But don't we all know that people are like that? They have different views, different faiths and most importantly different levels of tolerance. Even the people from the same faith and practices, reacts differently towards an issue, and it is always like that.
Are we still not seeing the sensitivity towards religious issues that happens all around the world? Isn't it better to work on the problems we already have on the name of religions rather than creating new ones from nowhere?
So is the movie PK a success or failure after all?
If the intention of the team who produced PK was just financial profit, anyone can see that it is a huge success.
If the sole purpose of the movie was entertainment and fun, it succeeded to a level in entertaining a majority of people, so yes, it is a success in that way too.
But if the movie intended to spread religious harmony, sadly PK failed in that.
PK is a movie starring Aamir Khan and personally, I am a huge fan of him. He is definitely one of the most talented actors out there, and there is no question of his acting skills even in PK. In fact, the many movies he has acted in the recent years were outstanding and brilliant, and they always caused a positive impact in the Indian cinema world and among the common man. The one film I particularly want to point out is Taare Zameen Par, which carefully dealt with the issues of children who have dyslexia.
But this time, sadly, PK didn't do what the team had intended, if their claims are true.
Let us all hope for a world where everyone learns to respect other's faiths and learn to disagree in a peaceful and more respectful way!