PK - A Slap On False Religious Notions

poster showing name of actor & producer Amir Khan's P.K. film
Whenever Bollywood produces an extraordinary or out of character film/movie, particularly about religion, there is a fuss. Yesterday I got an opportunity to watch the highly controversial movie “PK.”

In the movie, PK is the leading role played by the very special actor Aamir Khan. He is an alien with a body similar to that of humans. He lands on earth but gets stranded in Rajasthan as a thief robs him of his spaceship's remote control device. In a desperate attempt to get back his remote control device, he tries different ways of worship that humans with different religions on Earth use to get their desires fulfilled.

Many religious leaders have been severely criticizing PK, saying it is against religion because PK (Aamir Khan) questions the authenticity of the ways of worship that humans have long been following without reasoning. PK calls attention to the fact that one thing that is considered auspicious in one religion/culture becomes inauspicious in another. For instance, a Hindu woman wears white sari/clothes when her husband dies or she becomes widow. On the other hand, a Christian woman wears white clothes on her very auspicious marriage ceremony.

White color is just a color. It can’t change with religion or tradition. How can the same color be auspicious for one sect an inauspicious for the other? In fact, it is just out state of mind or way of thinking that makes a thing auspicious or inauspicious.

The two most important facts that PK points out in the PK are:


1) The visible differences among various religions only shallow fashions. God make all men alike, and there is no difference among newly born Hindu, Muslim and Christian babies. It is only with passage of time, as the baby grows, that he/she learns whether he/she is a Hindu, Muslim or Christian.

2) Wrong Number: How can we contact the right person if we dial a wrong number? For example, when a nervous student goes to a religious leader or ‘baba’, he/she is instructed to do something like chanting a mantra for a particular number of times. Can this method guarantee good marks in exam? – Definitely not. But focusing all attention on studies will surely enable the student to get good marks.

God is one; but as per the movie PK, God is of two types – one who create the universe and another that is created by so-called religious leaders. The second is based on people’s fears and superstitions.

PK is not against the real God – the Almighty who created the whole universe, including Earth. He is against the second type, which is created by cunning religious leaders to grind their own axes. In short, PK is a tight slap on false religious notions.


1/09/2015
PK - A Slap On False Religious Notions
poster showing name of actor & producer Amir Khan's P.K. film
Whenever Bollywood produces an extraordinary or out of character film/movie, particularly about religion, there is a fuss. Yesterday I got an opportunity to watch the highly controversial movie “PK.”

In the movie, PK is the leading role played by the very special actor Aamir Khan. He is an alien with a body similar to that of humans. He lands on earth but gets stranded in Rajasthan as a thief robs him of his spaceship's remote control device. In a desperate attempt to get back his remote control device, he tries different ways of worship that humans with different religions on Earth use to get their desires fulfilled.

Many religious leaders have been severely criticizing PK, saying it is against religion because PK (Aamir Khan) questions the authenticity of the ways of worship that humans have long been following without reasoning. PK calls attention to the fact that one thing that is considered auspicious in one religion/culture becomes inauspicious in another. For instance, a Hindu woman wears white sari/clothes when her husband dies or she becomes widow. On the other hand, a Christian woman wears white clothes on her very auspicious marriage ceremony.

White color is just a color. It can’t change with religion or tradition. How can the same color be auspicious for one sect an inauspicious for the other? In fact, it is just out state of mind or way of thinking that makes a thing auspicious or inauspicious.

The two most important facts that PK points out in the PK are:


1) The visible differences among various religions only shallow fashions. God make all men alike, and there is no difference among newly born Hindu, Muslim and Christian babies. It is only with passage of time, as the baby grows, that he/she learns whether he/she is a Hindu, Muslim or Christian.

2) Wrong Number: How can we contact the right person if we dial a wrong number? For example, when a nervous student goes to a religious leader or ‘baba’, he/she is instructed to do something like chanting a mantra for a particular number of times. Can this method guarantee good marks in exam? – Definitely not. But focusing all attention on studies will surely enable the student to get good marks.

God is one; but as per the movie PK, God is of two types – one who create the universe and another that is created by so-called religious leaders. The second is based on people’s fears and superstitions.

PK is not against the real God – the Almighty who created the whole universe, including Earth. He is against the second type, which is created by cunning religious leaders to grind their own axes. In short, PK is a tight slap on false religious notions.