Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Writers: Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi
Stars: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt
A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. His childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter, and letting go.
I couldn’t watch this movie. I tried. Managed about an hour, but I quit after that. I just didn’t find it amusing at all. Worse jokes than Adam Sandler’s. Much worse. Also, the story line is just… bad. Like those Spanish soap operas or something. The acting is way over the top. No. I did not enjoy this.
I have to admit, when I started working on this project I didn’t think of all the consequences. I never imagined that I would review Indian movies. I also never imagined that I would enjoy some of them.
It wasn’t easy to watch the entire movie. But it was interesting. Although a satirical comedy, it can be perceived as a philosophical approach to religion in modern-day society. Also, another important aspect in the movie is discrimination. Just because a person belongs to a religion or to a nation, it doesn’t mean that he will behave like it. People should be judged by character, not by background.
Returning to the story at hand, we have a peaceful alien who is robbed upon landing of his remote, something like the car keys to his space ship. Left alone, with no way of communicating with the people around him in the beginning, with no money, he must find a way to survive in this new world. After learning how to speak in the way of the people of Earth, he is told that only God can help him. He starts to learn and practice all the religions in the area but to no success. While “looking for God” he meets with a young journalist, who is facing her own demons after being separated from her fiancé because he was from a different religion.
And this is how this movie surprised me in the good way. Although it may look shallow it has a really deep message. Just because you were born in a religion, does it actually mean that you should believe in it? What if you were born a Christian, but you found more sense in Buddhism? You should be allowed to choose your religion, not be born into it.
Also, while I’m still at religion, there is another thing I want to add. There is a point where the alien is praying to all the gods at once, just wishing to go home. And this is something you see in any given day. Desperate people, turning to religion because it is the last place where they can go. Can you imagine being that desperate that the only option left for you is God?
The other thing that got to me about this movie is discrimination. How can you judge a person just because he was born in the wrong place in your point of view? Why should the son pay for the sins of the father?
Overall, if you can get past the typical clichés of Indian movies, especially the singing and dancing, it can actually be an enjoyable movie. It is not for everybody, but if you actually enjoy a good moral dilemma, then you should see the movie. If not, try something made in Hollywood.