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/

MARDAANI (2014)

Directed by:     Pradeep Sarkar

Written by        Gopi Puthran

Starring:           Rani Mukherji, Jissu Sengupta, Tahir Raj Bhasin

Music by:         Shantanu Moitra

Running time:  112 Minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 18+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 1.0/5.0

Content

A high paced crime drama packed with action and thrill sequences. In order to save an orphaned girl she considered as her own daughter, a lady Senior Police officer gets embroiled in a cat and mouse chase with an organized sex trafficking operator. Taut editing and restrained acting by lead protagonist Rani Mukherji and antagonist Tahir Raj Bhasin makes the movie a good watch for adults.

Violence 

Minor scuffle is shown at the beginning of the movie where a police team captures back an escaped criminal. There are murders of three people in two different sequences through gunshots. There are two sequences showcasing destructive rampage by hooligans on public properties. Extreme physical violence is shown in the climax of the movie where the villain is roughed up by the lead actress. Perceived threat with undercurrent of physical abuse is shown throughout the movie where the trafficked girls are manhandled by the operators.

Sexuality 

In the opening sequence, through verbal moaning, an adult couple is referred having sex behind closed doors and the act is mentioned by the lead actress thereafter. A scantily clad woman is shown during the sequence.

There are no kissing scenes but there are some scenes of semi frontal and full back nudity of trafficked girls. Physical sexual assault of a teenage girl is shown in one sequence. Scantily clad young girls are shown in various sequences during the movie.

There is reference to prostitution and bidding of virginity of young girls in few sequences of the movie.

Language 

Hindi cuss words are used liberally throughout the movie by all actors and are part of the main dialogue delivery.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is one Smoking sequence .Drinking and drug intake is shown in some sequences of the movie. There are two sequences showing drug dealing.

Morality/Attitude/Behavior

The main theme of the movie is drug dealing and girl child trafficking for prostitution. The behavior of the handler of trafficked girls is barbaric and disrespectful. The lead protagonist is shown of high morale and integrity. She has a positive attitude and analytical mind with grit and strong determination.

Bechdel test 2/3

Movie has only two adult female characters who meet for the first time towards the end of the movie. There are two main teenage female characters who share great camaraderie between them and with the female lead of the movie. The lead protagonist is a female police officer who is empowered and bold. She can handle adversities and tough situations very well. Movie shows a strong feminist influence on storyline in form of the lead protagonist while at the same time showcasing atrocities inflicted upon trafficked young girls who are forced into prostitution.

Bottom line

Overall, film is targeted at adult audience of 18 years and above who understand issues related to sex trafficking and drugs.

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

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/mardaani/

 

BOBBY JASOOS (2014)

Directed by:       Samar Shaikh

Starring:               Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Arjan Bajwa, Supriya Pathak, Tanvi Azmi, Rajendra Gupta, Zarina Wahab, Kiran Kumar

Music by:            Shantanu Moitra

Running time:   122 minutes

BollySitter Recommended Age: 12+

BollySitter Family GO Factor: 3.0/5.0

Content

Bobby Jasoos is yet another star vehicle to showcase the acting talent of Vidya Balan and meant to entertain both kids and adults. Vidya Balan plays a wannabe detective in the film who solves a somewhat complex (and eventually loopholes-laden and mildly amusing) case with the help of her friends. Due to somewhat mature themes within the film, Bollysitter recommends this film for kids aged 12+.

Violence 

There is no violence in the film. However, the film has a few scenes where certain characters hold or exchanges guns, with the intent of threatening other characters in the film. This may create a sense of peril for younger kids. A character talks about how he lost members of his family during communal riots and how he stabbed and killed a person who had killed his wife.

Intense and Frightening Scenes

A girl attempts to kill herself by drinking poison. There are no other intense or frightening scenes in the film that would disturb the younger kids.

Sexuality 

There is no sexuality or nudity.

The very first scene of the film has a few seconds of mild intimacy between a boy and a girl. There is regular flirtation shown between the lead characters at various points of the film. In another scene, a character blurts a saying that has the words “Porn Star” in it. Younger kids may pick those words up and attempt to get more information around its meaning and usage.

Language 

No curse words are used.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are no objectionable scenes of drinking, drugs or smoking in the film.

Attitude/Behavior

The film has a positive outlook throughout its duration. There are scenes where the lead character does not get the necessary support from her family, especially her father, to pursue a career in detective work. But she perseveres and ultimately succeeds in winning their faith and trust.

Kids may question the rationale under which the father remains estranged from the lead character throughout a major duration of the film.

The theme of the primary detective case within the film is also positive in nature, with family values and social obligations at its core. Kids can see how parents go to extremes to protect their loved ones and to ensure that their sons/daughters get a better life than theirs.

Bechdel Test 2.5/3

This is a film that targets women as its prime audience. The movie has quite a few female characters, a lot of whom talk about men during their conversations. However, there is also a certain level of interaction between the females (friends, sisters, mother-daughter and aunts) that relate to topics other than men (e.g. women making it big in the world of detectives).

Bottom Line

Overall, the film is suitable for 12+ year-old kids who can understand mature topics like communal riots, kidnapping and estrangement from parents.

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

http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/bobby-jasoos/