It’s ironic but even a “provocative, yet gentle” film like “PK” has irked the Hindutva elements in Agra and Bhopal, while Yoga guru Baba Ramdev is spearheading the movement to get the film axed with his proximity to the new government.
“PK”, which has already crossed the Rs.200 crore mark at the domestic box office is facing the ire of Baba personalities due to the depiction of a similar character in the film in a gentle way that only Rajkumar Hirani could manage.
Featuring Aamir as an alien, the movie that released Dec 19, takes a hard-hitting swipe at organised religion, god and godmen.
Accusing Aamir of double standards, and advising him to go to Pakistan, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists jointly intruded into the Shree Talkies in Agra on Sunday evening to disrupt screening of “PK”.
Cinema hall management filed a complaint against protestors at the New Agra police station. SP city Sameer Saurabh said action would be taken. Madan Sharma of the Bajrang Dal and Rajendra Garg of the VHP criticised Aamir saying that he was displaying his anti-Hindu sentiments by ridiculing Hindu gods and goddesses in the film.
Some of the Hindu activists also staged protest Monday in front of Jyoti cinema hall in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Bajrang Dal state vice president Kamlesh Thakur said that “PK” should be immediately banned and they will submit memorandum to Madhya Pradesh government soon regarding the same.
Police superintendent (city) of Maharana Pratap Nagar, Arvind Khare told IANS: “People who were protesting in front of the hall have been stopped. They were not mishandled and no one was arrested”.
“PK” had also led to Twitter battle. Thanks to different opinions, #BoycottPK and #WeSupportPK were recently trending on the micro-blogging site.
Reacting to the controversies surrounding Hirani’s latest release, actor Boman Irani says people need to respect the viewpoint of the makers.
“People may agree and may even disagree but then they have to respect it (the concept of ‘PK’) because we are also respecting their view,” said Boman, who has a key role in the film.
Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, who recently watched the film that also stars Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt and Sushant Singh Rajput, hailed the movie as a “wonderful and courageous film”.
Actress Juhi Chawla, who had bought 30 tickets of “PK” for her family, had also tweeted: “I have some issues with PK … I agree with a lot of things but disagree with some. Now THATS a good film. One that stirs thought and discussion”.(IANS)