PK (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         10+ (For adult language and sexuality)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           4.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          7.9/10.0

 

Directed by:     Rajkumar Hirani

Produced by:   Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Siddharth Roy Kapur

Screenplay by: Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani

Starring:           Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Dutt

Music by:         Ajay Atul, Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari

Lyrics by:        Swanand Kirkire

Language:       Hindi

Running time: 153 minutes

Genre(s):         Comedy, Social Drama

 

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BollySitter says

Aamir Khan’s PK is a no waste of time. It’s a complete entertainer and can be enjoyed with the whole family. Apart from a mild reference to implied sex (which are already shown in the trailers) there isn’t anything to be worried about. The film’s director Rajukumar Hirani has already proved himself to be a master storyteller who portrays society’s problems in a light- hearted manner. PK also deals with complex stereotypes, philosophies, and orthodox beliefs in a very humane way without getting heavy-handed.

Content

PK is a story about a stranger named PK in the city, who asks questions that no one has asked before. They are innocent, childlike questions, but they bring about catastrophic answers. People who are set in their ways for generations, are forced to reappraise their world when they see it from PK’s innocent eyes. In the process PK makes loyal friends and powerful foes, mends broken lives and angers the establishment. PK’s childlike curiosity transforms into a spiritual odyssey for him and millions of others. The film is an ambitious and explores the complex philosophies and beliefs. It is also a simple and humane tale of love, laughter and letting-go.

Violence 

Apart from some slapstick violence and chases there is no physical violence shown. There is a scene of bomb blast in which few dead bodies are shown.

Sexuality

There are a few scenes where moving cars are shown implying couples having sex in them, no nudity is shown, faded moaning can be heard. In the opening scene PK is shown to be naked but nothing explicit is shown. Those scenes are also shown in the trailers. In one scene a character visits a prostitute. Age appropriate romance and one lip kiss is shown.

Language 

Language is mild with only minor cuss words like “tharki”, “harami” and “kamina” are used. In one sequence where two characters talk about a condom and its purpose, the discussion is humorous.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None

Discussion points

*SPOILER ALERT* (Only because the main plot of the film is not revealed in the trailers)

PK is an important film because it provides a lot of talking points for parents and other moviegoers. The main character, who is shown to be ignorant of the societies’ beliefs and other stereotypes, asks a lot of innocent questions which leave people tongue tied. The film questions fundamentalism and organizations of all the religions and how Godmen and priests are taking advantage of innocent people’s fear of God. PK asks some very smart questions which can be a good discussion points for the parents, and what kids think about the place of religion in life.

Apart from religion, the movie also questions how politics of the two neighboring countries has created a pre-conceived bias in the minds of their citizens who form views of other country’s citizens without fully knowing or understanding them. PK also brings up the taboo Indian topic of sex as a topic of discussion.

PK touches upon the current model of 24/7 news channels who feed news not to educate people about important current affairs and worthy stories, but to simply raise viewership to increase revenues. PK the film itself, however, doesn’t feel shy about product placements which are thrown in throughout the film.

Bechdel Test = 0/3

PK has only one main female character.

 

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews on http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/pk/

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EKKEES TOPPON KI SALAAMI (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         10+ (For mild language)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           2.5/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          5.7/10.0

 

Directed by:    Ravindra Gautam

Starring:          Anupam Kher, Neha Dhupia , Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi, Aditi Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Uttara Baokar

Written By:     Rahil Qaazi

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Ram Sampath

Produced by:   Nautanki Films

Lyrics by:        Sandeep Nath

Running time: 140 mins

Genre(s):         Satire

 

BollySitter says

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a social satire. Although the film is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 10+ years age, the subject and treatment may appeal to kids over 13 as the film does get heavy handed at times.

Content

Two sons set out to get their father what he dreamt of all through his life – the ultimate sign of respect. The film takes the audience through the attempt of the sons to provide their father “Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami” (21 gun salute – as a State honor for one’s exemplary life in public service).

Violence 

Few slapping scenes.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There is a prolonged death scene and the dead body is used as a prop in the second half of the movie.

Sexuality 

There is no overt sexuality in the film, except some age appropriate romance. Like any other Hindi movie these days there is a song with some risqué moves.

Language 

Some double-meaning dialogues are used in the film which have sexual innuendos. Although no hard curse words are used, a character speaks about a female character in a derogatory manner and uses words like kutiya(bitch), chudail(witch), haraami(bastard) and rakhail(mistress). The main characters talk to their father in a disrespectful manner and insult his good old values in the first half of the film.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are a couple of scenes where characters are shown drinking alcohol.

Attitude/Behavior

The film has an underlining theme of good old values of honesty, which also comes with the corruption in the society. There are sequences of people duping and using others for their own good. The lead characters’ behavior towards their father is inappropriate in the first half.

Discussion points

Parents can talk to kids about how old values are useful in today’s society, and whether the father’s character was shown to be an irrational idealist or an objective rationalist. Parents can also discuss how corruption affects the everyday life of a common citizen.

Bechdel test 2/3

There are three to four female characters in the film, but besides the main lead the other characters don’t have a significant role. The characters interact but most of the conversations are about men in the story.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews @

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/ekkees-toppon-ki-salaami/