I watched PK movie. Honestly speaking when I watched the movie first time, there were 2-3 scenes where I was supposed to laugh as the movie demanded but I could not laugh as my sentiments were hurt. But overall I did laugh in movie and the message that floats is that GOD IS ONE and if you deny it then please show the THAPPA. Lolzzz! Overall I could say it was a fine entertaining movie.
I saw the movie again as I was also among those people who were bit hurt by some scenes in the movie. I thought maybe I am being paranoid and like other people I should also laugh at those scenes. After watching it again, the humour that worked before on me had dried up and I could notice some malicious things. These are some things which will not directly hit your mind, but will be dumped into your brains with sublimed messages.
Here are some of my analyses.
A) Creating humour by degrading Lord Shiva
Shiva is one the most important God among the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The movie pk has tried to create humour by showing scared Shiva running away from pk while simultaneously showing the anchor of the stage show talking about the fearlessness of Lord Shiva. The irony sets the scene in humour. I had laughed first when this Shiva character enters the movie, but later the laughter had turned serious for me.
- Anchor saying- shiv jise kisi ka dar nahi (Shiva who has no fear)
Immediately the scene is shown where the person in Shiva character crying for help and fearing pk.
- Anchor says- Now presenting the dance of Lord Shiva
With this the person acting as Shiva comes out screaming bachayo bachayo (Save me, Save me)and the whole audience burst into laughter not because pk is chasing the person rather he is chasing Lord Shiva(who has been described as fearless by the anchor few seconds ago) who is trying to save his ass from pk.
- Showing the later condition of scared Lord Shiva hiding in the crowd hurts the sentiments of Hindus specially the Shiva devotees.
The whole Shiva scene will not produce any humour if irony between the person playing scared Shiva’s character and the anchor describing the fearless Lord Shiva would be deleted.
B) Hindus out of prayer will even worship stones with laal teeka
In another case pk degrades idol worship by creating humour on worshiping idols. He kept a stone outside the college and all students came to pray the stone out of fear of their exam.
He says that a pathar(sone) with lal teeka (red colour on it) is enough and people(hindus-the idol worshipers) will out of fear will go to extend of worshiping stones also.
This hits the sentiments of Hindus who are mostly idol worshipers, mocking them of praying to stones out of fear. Let me tell you one thing about Hindus. We pray to every aspect of nature. Our heads will bend in gratitude towards sun, moon, plants and even stones in which we are able to invoke the feeling of God.
The stone shown in Pk was similar to shivling and any hindu if see such a stone with a lal teeka will invoke the image of shivling which is natural. Mocking on this thing, do you is righteous.
The problem should be with the money that people offer there which the movie could have explicitly said. But the focus of pk shifted from this to another dimension mocking jo darta hai vo mandir jaata hai. Movie did not show the right problem here and simply in the name of social awareness mocked the idol worshiping Hindus.
C) Hindus can be ex-communicated for toeing the line
During the above incident pk says that those who fear goes to temples and then try to remove the rings which father of Anushka is wearing which provokes the father and he slaps pk telling him that “Dharm k maamle mein swaal ni uthate, its about faith“(In religion u don’t ask questions). Then Anushka who is a media reporter comes on news channel and says why these people try to curb our voices and do not let us ask any questions against dharma.
–I don’t say anything about other religions that whether people are tortured if they ask any question against their religion to their heads. But I am can say that in Hinduism you cannot get ex-communicated for toeing the line. No one will kill you or torture you if you asks questions about your dharma. There is an ancient practice of Shashtraths where people with different viewpoints discuss with each other to reach to the truth. Hindus are highly tolerant and many sects has been sprung out of Hinduism due to difference in ideology but no violence has ever erupted. Hindus have always believed that sarv dharma sambhav… ekam satyam vipra bahudha vadanti
Educating public that you should have the rights to ask questions from your religious heads and religious heads should not torture you if you question the faith of religion is a good thing. But using Hinduism as a tool depicting that no questions to be asked in Dharma, hits the very philosophy of Hinduism. It’s a total lie. In Hinduism, every individual already has the liberty to ask questions and no one ever got ex-communicated. If anywhere this practice is done then it is not the part of Hinduism philosophy.
D) Hindu Godmen professing discrimination among religion
Moreover the message shown in the movie is that God is one and we should abide by it and should not create differences between us by saying that our religion god is supreme than your religion god or my religion is superior than yours or this person belongs to this religion or that.
This message is also good. But again the director has used Hinduism to project this example. In the movie the Hindu baba is shown as a person asking pk what his is religion. To this pk tries to spread his pearls of wisdom and teach that hindu godmen that humans have no religion. All are one and the philosophy that you teach to rest of your hindu devotees is wrong. It’s because of the cross connection as you are not connecting the real God.
Pk trying to teach this Dhongi Baba that human beings are born as humans and it’s people like these babas who try to discriminate them on basis of religion. If one is really a muslim then wear is the seal on his body which says he is a muslim. Same for all other religion. This scene makes people conscious and they appreciate pk and ridicule Hindu godman for preaching hatred on the basis of religion.
I don’t know whether other religion possess this thinking that their god is only supreme or they belong to a superior religion and discriminate between people of different religions, but such thing do not prevail in Hinduism. The very philosophy of Hinduism says sarv dharma sambhav… ekam satyam vipra bahudha vadanti which means that there can be various ways of finding truth but truth is one. It clearly states that god is one. The very philosophy of Hinduism states the human condition and never a community condition. Any situation is described in human terms and not in a hindu person term. Hindus grow with this very philosophy that is why they are the most tolerant people on earth. When jews were persecuted everywhere in the world, it was only India where hindus never discriminated jews on the bases of religion.
But the way pk tries to educate people about equality of religion by showing Hindu godmen in a negative form professing discrimination on basis of religion could not be tolerated as it hits the very philosophy of Hinduism.
It’s wrong to use Hindus and Hinduism to profess a lie in order to educate the masses.
E) Hindu Godmen do not believe that God is one
In the movie director uses a Hindu godman, projecting a negative image of him and pk giving him the advice or pearls of wisdom that God is one.
Hinduism has always stated that God is one but can be described in many forms. It’s defaming Hinduism by showing a Hindu godmen not believing in God is one concept. To educate the masses that God is one, the director of movie has no right to use Hindu godmen, professing Hinduism , to preach the lie that god is different and then pk has to teach him that see God is one. This a lie and it defames Hinduism by showing that it don’t believe that God is one.
I don’t know about other religions, whether they profess that their God is the only God, but in Hinduism it is always emphasised that God is one. Showing Hinduism by using Hindu godmen in bad light so as to educate the masses about this concept is a defamation of the very philosophy of Hinduism.
This hurts the sentiments of Hindus as Hindus already say that god is one but can be seen in many forms. This scene projects a negative image of Hinduism showing that it do not believe in the concept of one god which is purely false.
F) Idol worship is promoted so that business of people making idols can flourish. Hindus stupid to worship idols as they can directly talk to God.
In another scene where pk goes to a temple and buys Lord Krishna idol, he converse with the shopkeeper.
Shopkeeper-God has made us all. we have just made his idols.
Pk- Why u make his idols?
Shopkeeper- So that we can pray them, talk to them.
Pk- Is there any transmitter fitted in idols?
Shopkeeper- God don’t need transmitter. He can directly listen.
Pk- if he can directly listen then why u need idols to worship?
Shopkeeper- dhandha bandh karwayega kya!
In hinduism, idols are not taken as idols made of clay. Rather a Hindu while praying to an idol remembers the gunas of that idol and pray. Just like while saluting the national flag, indians don’t salute the stick and the cloth, it’s the spirit of motherland which is invoked by the flag which is saluted.
Shopkeeper saying dhandha bandh karwayega kya! as a reply to the question of why idol worship if God can directly listen hits the sentiments of Hindus. In Hinduism idol worship did not start with the aim of running business and making money out of these idols. It is the faith and maligning it on the silver screen by calling it a mere business is an attempt of degrading idol worshiping hence Hinduism which cannot be tolerated.
G) Donations in temples are by force.
In another example, a pujari of the temple catch pk stealing money from the donation box. On confronting him, Anushka slips her wallet in the donation box to save pk. She tells the pujari that pk was trying to take her wallet containing 5000 rs out of the donation box. To this the pujari opens the donation box. He opens Anushka’s wallet and take out that 5000 rs and put it in the donation box. To this Anushka ask the pujari that why did he put her money in donation box without her permission. To this the pujari shrewdly replied that once money is donated to God, it’s donated.
Most of the Hindu temples do contain donation box as Hindu temples depend solely on the money Hindus who donate according to their will.. There is no compulsion and no pujari like the movie depicts , will forcefully steal your money and put it in donation box.
This very act which is never practiced in any temple, is a act maligning the image of Hindu temples and hits the faith of a Hindu.
H) Hindu Godmen brainwashes Hindus that it is God who says build temples
Though director of pk says that they are hitting at the gap/hatred which religious heads are creating, but they have used Hinduism to a very large extent to potray this. They have created a villain who is a hindu dhongi baba who says that bhagwan kehte hain mandir banayo. In hinduism there is no such philosophy and no such baba says such thing. The villain in the movie says this thing because he is a villain who creates poison in the mind of Hindus against other religion and preaches his Hindu devotees that they should build temples because God has told them to do so. By showing villain which belongs to Hinduism, the movie has shown the wrong concept of Hinduism and has established the wrong notion about Hinduism in the minds of public. Neither Hinduism supports this philosophy nor can Hindus tolerate such maligning of Hinduism on the concepts which it has never supported.
I) Hinduism full of Dhongi Babas (conmen). Do not listen to any saint or sage as they are conmen.
Movie clearly puts Hinduism on bad terms and all the hindu babas are shown as Dhongis. India is the land of spirituality and there are many saints like buddha, mahavir, gurunanak, and many sages who have taken birth in India. Movie one sided potray of dhongi image of all the babas hurts the sentiments of hindus as we have many saints and sages who understand the true meaning of dharma(which has nothing to do with religion/saampradhaya) and are spiritual beings. Putting an image in the minds of public that all babas (that too specifically Hindus) are magicians, dhongis shows that Hinduism as a religion is filled with these con men. It’s not true and we severely condemn it as it maligns the image of Hinduism.
In the end, I would request our bollywood industry that if in future you want to teach the masses about good things then please don’t take a hindu godmen as a villian professing every philosophy that hinduism do not support. This creates impression among ignorant masses that Hinduism is such a backward degraded and hate spreading religion filled with conmen lurking in the dark to thrive on people’s fear.
Well before leaving just one punch for pk. In the movie pk spreading posters depicting lost Hindu goddesses and gods. Could you dare to have images or symbols of other religion on that lost poster?
Since Hindus from the starting have kept questioning the philosophy, practices and rituals of Hinduism unlike what movie potrays, some have got satisfactory answers in this process and some still struggle. I was also one among them. So to all of you go through this post to understand what India and it’s scientific ancient philosophy is all about.
Stay happy, stay blessed 🙂