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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SONALI CABLE (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:         13+ (For Language, Violence, Sexuality)

BollySitter Family GO Factor:           2.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:          3.6/10.0

 

Directed by:    Charudutt Acharya

Starring:          Rhea Chakraborty, Ali Fazal, Anupam Kher, Smita Jaykar, Raghav Juyal, Swanand Kirkire

Written By:     Charudutt Acharya

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Daniel B. George, Mikey McLeary, Amjad Nadeem, Raghav Sachar

Produced by:   Ramesh Sippy, Rohan Sippy, Kamia Mulhotra

Lyrics by:        Sameer, Kausar Munir, Charudutt Acharya, Swanand Kirkire, Kumaar

Running time: 122 mins.

Genre(s):         Drama

 

BollySitter says

SONALI CABLE is a David vs Goliath story set in Mumbai, against the backdrop of India’s cable operating industry. The film is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 13+ age group due to violence, sexuality, language and sexual innuendos. A strong message for everyone, including kids, which lies at the heart of the film, is eventually lost amidst a hotchpotch of needless drama, unnecessary violence, wasted romantic scenes and sexual innuendos galore, resulting in an overall lost opportunity.

Content

SONALI CABLE depicts the story of a strong-headed young girl who provides cable service to over 3000 homes in Mumbai. When her small business is threatened by a large multinational cable company which plans to buy out all local operators, she joins hands with her friends to fight and resist the takeover attempt. During their struggle, people die, old friends part ways, new ones join, politicians and lawmakers forge alliances, criminals wreak havoc and other standard Bollywood “calamities” occur. The film tries to bite off more than it can chew, resulting in an outcome that sounds great on paper but is immensely amateurish in execution.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews @ http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/sonali-cable/