Lead actor, Aamir Khan plays a character called PK, who cannot define and distinguish between religions from Hindu to Muslim.
He does not understand the meaning of religion, when it comes to him finding which religion he belongs to; he breaks down. PK realises he disagrees with other spiritual ‘God-men’ leaders of religions, as he believes they are teaching followers the incorrect beliefs. The followers then begin to believe in a wrong belief system of religion, as he describes numerous situations as a ‘wrong number’.
PK arrives in Delhi, searching for his stolen ‘remote control’ (the only remote that can take him back to his home) when he landed from space to the deserts of Rajasthan. He then meets Jaggu, who is a journalist that befriends PK to help him in search of his remote. Jaggu had fallen in love with someone named Sarfaraz whilst in Belgium. However, her parents refused to accept the relationship as Sarfaraz was a Muslim and she was a Hindu.
As well as, PK finding himself within a religion he helps Jaggu to reunite with her Pakistani boyfriend. Throughout the movie it is shown how powerful religious leaders can become to convey their followers that interfaith relationships are wrong. PK tries to win over the followers hearts by showing them that their belief system is wrong. It is not a crime to fall in love with Sarfaraz, the only aspect that is different is his religion but that should not mean religious followers should neglect it.
Many viewers may have forgotten about Aamir Khan’s quote “love has no religion”. This quote is simply what defines the whole movie, yet ignored by many viewers.
No doubt that PK would strap along controversies within religion. Since religion is a strong part of life, it would create debates amongst certain decisions made in the movie.
Surely, the viewers may have been put to rest when they conclude that Jaggu and Sarfaraz will not be reunited together, with the assumption that Sarfaraz had left the alter. Leaving a letter saying he cannot marry her due to the sheer differences in religion and family. Some may be left happy that the interfaith marriage could not be preceded, and some may be left heart-broken, just as much as Jaggu.
From this point onwards is when PK really begins. Aamir Khan is known for his meaningful and eye-opener movies, his performance shined through incredibly. No Alien like PK could teach society a better way of living with religion than he did. Whilst revealing the fake ‘God-men’ and the wrong teachings they have spread, PK also reveals the true love and acceptance of Jaggu and Sarfaraz.
Showing Indian-Muslim marriages as against faith from the beginning of the movie, it then becomes a heart warmer for audiences. Marriage should not be based upon religion; religion is to be loved by all, and not to be against wishes of marriage. Although society in India or around the world may claim to accept religions, it is not of full acceptance when it comes to marriage. If full acceptance was initiated from the beginning of religious belief systems then being against interfaith relationships may as well have been eradicated from society years ago.
PK reflects the Indian society today; it is what the movie has been based upon. For some it may be hard to accept the reality of PK, as when it is hard to accept the reality of this movie it becomes even harder to accept just the story of PK.
PK had amazing thought-provoking scenes that should be applauded, with great courage of performances from the actors. Whilst Bollywood fans have shown appreciation, sadly it has not gained to full credits of achievement due to the deep controversy this movie has entailed within religion and marriage. Unfortunately, society has shown that interfaith relationships will not be happily accepted in a love story.
Society may not accept that love has no religion.