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Khan, as the title character PK, stands nude on the railroad tracks, looking into the camera while obscuring his genitals with a transistor radio.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani
Produced by
Written by
Narrated by Anushka Sharma
Music by Songs:
Shantanu Moitra
Ankit Tiwari
Background Score:
Sanjay Wandrekar
Atul Raninga
Cinematography C. K. Muraleedharan
Edited by Rajkumar Hirani
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • 19 December 2014 (2014-12-19)
Running time
152 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR850 million (US$13 million)[2]
Box office est. INR6.08 billion (US$95 million)[3]INR6.5 billion (US$100 million)[4]

PK is a 2014 Indian satirical science fiction comedy film.[5][6][7] The film was directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi.[8] The film stars Aamir Khan in the title role with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt in supporting roles. It tells the story of an alien who comes to Earth on a research mission. He befriends a television journalist and questions religious dogmas and superstitions.

The film has emerged as the highest-grossing Indian film of all time,[9][10] and ranks as the 66th highest grossing film of 2014 worldwide.[11] PK was the first Indian film to gross INR 6 billion worldwide.[12][13][14]


A humanoid alien (Aamir Khan) lands on Earth naked on a research mission in Rajasthan but is stranded when his beacon to his spaceship, a locket around his neck, is stolen. On the same day in Bruges, Jaggu (Anushka Sharma) falls in love with a man named Sarfaraz (Sushant Singh Rajput). Jaggu's father (Parikshit Sahni) objects to their relationship because Sarfaraz is a Muslim from Pakistan; he consults godman Tapasvi Maharaj (Saurabh Shukla) who predicts that Sarfaraz will betray Jaggu. Determined to prove them wrong, Jaggu proposes to Sarfaraz. She is heart-broken at the wedding chapel when she receives a letter calling off the marriage due to their differences. She returns to India where she becomes a television reporter.

Jaggu meets the alien and becomes intrigued while watching him distributing leaflets about a missing God. In flashback, the alien, oblivious to Earth's customs, learns to fit in among humans by wearing clothes and using money that he steals from couples having sex in "dancing cars". He attempts to learn to communicate by grabbing peoples' hands and absorbing their memories through touch, but they chase him away when he tries, (wrongly) interpreting him to be a pervert.A passenger vehicle carrying bandmaster Bhairon Singh (Sanjay Dutt) strikes him and renders him unconscious. Bhairon takes him to a doctor who declares the alien as a person suffering from amnesia. Bhairon assumes that the amnesia is the result of the collision.Bhairon decides to take the alien along with his troop. Over time, the alien becomes his friend. Interpreting the alien's attempts at hand-grabbing as sexual interest, he takes him to a brothel. There, the alien holds a prostitute's (Reema Debnath) hand for six hours and thus learns the Bhojpuri language.

Having learned to communicate, the alien then retraces the steps of the thief who stole his remote and travels to Delhi in search of the remote. Due to his strange behavior, the people in the city assume he is tipsy (tipsy translates to pee-kay in Hindi) and call him PK, a name he adopts. Delhi turns out to be a very large city and people tell him that only God can help him find his remote. PK then begins his search to find God, but is confused by India's diverse religions and their confusing traditions. He later discovers that Tapasvi has his remote. However, Tapasvi falsely claims to have attained the object from God in the Himalayas and refuses to return it to PK. After hearing PK's story, Jaggu devises a plan to expose Tapasvi and recover PK's remote.

Bewildered, PK concludes that Tapasvi and other religious heads must be dialling a "wrong number" to communicate with God and are, as a result, spreading misunderstandings and advising the public to engage in meaningless rituals. Jaggu encourages thousands of people to send in videos of their own experiences with religious heads, calling them "wrong numbers". Meanwhile, PK contacts Bhairon Singh who says he will come to Delhi the next day, but dies in a bomb planted by terrorists to protect their faith in retaliation to PK's protests. After massive public appeals, Tapasvi is forced to come into the studio and confront PK on-air. Tapasvi claims he has a direct connection to God and refers to his prediction of Sarfaraz's betrayal as proof. However, PK, who had earlier absorbed Jaggu's memories, discovers that Sarfaraz did not write the letter she received. Jaggu contacts the Pakistan Embassy in Belgium where Sarfaraz worked part-time; the embassy tells her that Sarfaraz still loves her and calls them daily to inquire whether she has called. Jaggu and Sarfaraz reconnect and Tapasvi, exposed as a fraud, is forced to return PK's device.

In the course of the film, PK falls in love with Jaggu but refrains from telling her because she loves Sarfaraz. He records tapes of her voice and fills his suitcases with batteries so that he can listen on his home planet.Jaggu, despite knowing the truth, keeps quiet. She later publishes a book about PK.

One year later, PK returns to Earth on a new research mission with several other aliens giving them (comical) survival tips to survive on earth because of which an alien (Ranbir Kapoor) already gets scared of earth.




According to Rajkumar Hirani, PK is a "satire on Hindu god and their godmen".[16] The co-director Khan began looking for shooting locations in July 2012.[17] Second unit filming was set to begin in late 2012,[18] which was stalled after the rumoured departure of three department heads for the film and bad weather stalling initial shoots.[19][20] Hirani denied rumours that the film would be delayed, stating that principal filming had always been intended to begin in mid-January 2013 in Delhi and Rajasthan to "capture the winter of Delhi".[21][22] Shooting officially began on 1 February 2013,[23] with the filming scheduled to occur over a 45-day period.[24] A 26-day schedule of shooting of PK started in Delhi from 27 September 2013.[25][26][27] When the shoot of the film was going on in Chandni Chowk area of Delhi, an FIR was lodged against makers of the film for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in October 2013.[28] The objection was regarding a scene in the film where a man dressed as the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva pulls the rickshaw with two burqa clad women as passengers.[29]


Firstpost compared PK to Hirani and Khan's previous collaboration 3 Idiots (2009), as they both involve "A socially awkward and 'different' young man – who walks and talks in a strange, enthusiastic childlike manner – observes the system, questions it, asks you to look at the many ludicrous things that inform it, and eventually brings about a minor revolution."[30]


The movie released on 19 December 2014. PK is the 200th Bollywood release in 2014.[31][32] The film's release was later expanded to 6000 screens worldwide including 844 screens overseas.[33] PK was initially released in 4844 screens worldwide.[34][35][36][37] PK has been made tax-free in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.[38][39][40]


The first poster came out on 31 July 2014. A motion poster was also released on the same day on YouTube. The second poster was launched on 20 August 2014 at an event in Mumbai.[41][42] This poster was also released as a motion poster on YouTube. The new poster featured Aamir Khan wearing traditional Rajasthani attire, also sporting dark glasses and holding onto a brass tenor. The promotional strategy for the movie was revealed by the makers at the launch of the second poster.

The third motion poster introduced Sanjay Dutt as Bhairon Singh. The fourth motion poster featuring Anushka Sharma along with Aamir Khan released on YouTube 16 October 2014. The poster introduced Anushka Sharma as Jagat Janani[43] Aamir Khan stated that PK will have a poster campaign in which a new poster would be introduced every two to three weeks. By the time of release, 8 to 10 posters would have been launched.[44][45] The teaser released on 23 October.[46]

The film's first poster sparked a controversy[vague] as it featured Aamir Khan posing almost nude with only a transistor covering his genitals.[16][47] Although the Central Board of Film Certification had already cleared the film, a PIL was filed in the court by the All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front to ban its release saying it promoted nudity and vulgarity. The Supreme Court dismissed the plea and gave the movie a green signal.[48][49]

A case was lodged against Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani in Rajasthan.[50][clarification needed]

The film's final scene shows PK returns to earth with another alien (Ranbir Kapoor). Talking about the ending, Khan said, "May be, Rajkumar Hirani is thinking of getting both Ranbir and me in the sequel."[51][52][53] In an interview with Hindustan Times the writer Abhijat Joshi expressed interest in working on a sequel to PK.[54]

Kamal Haasan is reported to feature in PK remake in Tamil and Telugu.[55][56]


Koimoi reported rumors of a satellite deal in which the satellite rights were sold for INR850 million (US$13 million) if the domestic business reaches INR 3 billion domestic nett.[57][58] The music rights were sold for INR150 million (US$2.4 million).[59] DNA reported "Being the first to use Rentrak, Aamir Khan has taken the first initiative to bring in a paradigm shift from the usual norms followed in Bollywood. He had clearly enforced the idea of Rentrak to be brought in to bring more accuracy when it comes to box office figures."[60]


Soundtrack album by
Released 17 November 2014 (2014-11-17)
Length 30:17
Language Hindi
Label T-Series
Shantanu Moitra chronology
Ajay-Atul chronology
Lai Bhaari
Ankit Tiwari chronology
Singham Returns
Singles from PK
  1. "Tharki Chokro"
    Released: 8 November 2014[61]
  2. "Love Is a Waste of Time"
    Released: 14 November 2014[62]

The film's soundtrack is composed by Shantanu Moitra, Ajay-Atul and Ankit Tiwari with lyrics written by Swanand Kirkire, Amitabh Varma and Manoj Muntashir. The full soundtrack was released on 17 November 2014.

The song "Tharki Chokro" is the first single, released on 8 November 2014. The video focuses on Aamir Khan and Sanjay Dutt,[63] with the song sung by Swaroop Khan and composed by Ajay-Atul with lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire.[64]

The second single, "Love Is a Waste of Time" featuring Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma, was released on 13 November 2014 on YouTube.[65] The song is sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, composed by Shantanu Moitra with the lyrics of Amitabh Varma.[66] "Chaar Kadam" was released on 22 November 2014 on the T-Series YouTube.[67] The song is sung by Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal, composed by Shantanu Moitra with lyrics by Swanand Kirkire.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Tharki Chokro"   Swanand Kirkire Ajay-Atul Swaroop Khan 4:55
2. "Love Is a Waste of Time"   Amitabh Varma Shantanu Moitra Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal 4:30
3. "Nanga Punga Dost"   Swanand Kirkire Shantanu Moitra Shreya Ghoshal 4:46
4. "Chaar Kadam"   Swanand Kirkire Shantanu Moitra Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal 4:20
5. "Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu"   Swanand Kirkire Shantanu Moitra Sonu Nigam 5:12
6. "Dil Darbadar"   Manoj Muntashir Ankit Tiwari Ankit Tiwari 5:31
7. "PK Dance Theme"     Shantanu Moitra Instrumental 2:23
Total length:


PK received critical acclaim. Review Aggregation website Cinechicken gave the film a 75% rating based on 45 Reviews.[68] Srijana Mitra Das of The Times of India gave the movie 4 stars.[69] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave 3.5 stars to the movie quoting "It's a courageous film that sticks to Hirani's well-oiled formula".[70] NDTV gave the movie 5 stars calling it "PK is a winner all the way, a film that Raj Kapoor, Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt would have been proud of had they been alive. Rajkumar Hirani is without a doubt their most worthy standard-bearer."[71] Bollywood Hungama described the film "a solid entertainer that will surely entertain the masses and classes alike" and gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.[72] Raja Sen of Rediff gave PK 4 out of 5 stars and called it "a triumph" and argued that Aamir "soars high".[73] However, Sukanya Verma of the same publication called the film "a mixed bag of spunk and sentimentality", while still giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.[74] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said "Aamir Khan steals the show with his performance".[75] Rohit Khilnani of India Today gave 4.5 stars, and said "Go watch the film & watch it ASAP!"[76]

Activists of pro-Hindu organizations Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal protested against certain scenes in the film, which they considered to be hurtful to the religious sentiments of the Hindu community. Subsequently, some theatres were vandalised by those activists,[77][78][79] who demanded a ban on the movie[80] and a Public Interest Litigation was filed against the film for the same.[81][82] Government officials, such as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and the Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi exempted the film from entertainment tax to encourage wider viewership.[83]

Box office[edit]

PK opted to have its box office figures tracked by Rentrak[84] a United States-based company that specializes in audience measurements. PK has become the first Bollywood film to earn INR1 billion (US$16 million) nett from online bookings.[85]

PK worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
INR3.37 billion (US$53 million)[86][87][88][89][90][91]
Distributor share:
INR1.65 billion (US$26 million)[92]
Entertainment tax:
INR1.08 billion (US$17 million)[93][94]
(Outside India)
US$25.8 million(Rs 1.62 billion)[95][96][97]
US$10,532,007 (United States-Canada)[98][99][100][101]
Worldwide INR6.08 billion (US$95 million)[3][13]


PK earned INR260 million (US$4.1 million) nett on its opening day.[102] The film showed growth on its second day, earning around INR290 million (US$4.6 million) nett.[103] On its third day, the film brought in INR370 million (US$5.8 million) nett, bringing its weekend take to INR925 million (US$15 million) nett.[104]

PK had the highest collections for a Hindi film on its first Monday, earning around INR210 million (US$3.3 million) nett.[105] Over the next two days the film grossed INR190 million (US$3.0 million) and INR200 million (US$3.1 million) nett respectively, taking its total to INR1.53 billion (US$24 million).[106] On Christmas Day the film earned approximately INR275 million (US$4.3 million) nett and taking its first week total to INR1.80 billion (US$28 million) nett.[107]

On its second Friday, PK brought in around INR140 million (US$2.2 million) nett.[108] The film kept growing in its second weekend, earning INR170 million (US$2.7 million) on Saturday and INR220 million (US$3.5 million) on Sunday, taking the weekend total to INR533 million (US$8.4 million) nett.[109] It earned INR92.5 million (US$1.5 million) on its second Monday, INR90 million (US$1.4 million) on Tuesday and INR97.5 million (US$1.5 million) on Wednesday. With this, the film took its total to around INR2.63 billion (US$41 million) nett and became the highest grossing film in India in just thirteen days.[10][110] The film set a record second week figure of INR945 million (US$15 million), taking its total to INR2.76 billion (US$43 million) nett.[94] PK made an all-time record in the Mumbai circuit by grossing there more than INR1 billion (US$16 million) nett.[111]

The film netted around INR275 million (US$4.3 million) in its third weekend, reaching INR3.05 billion (US$48 million) nett in seventeen days.[112] The film went on to nett INR3.19 billion (US$50 million) in India and grossed INR1.53 billion (US$24 million) overseas for a worldwide gross of INR5.77 billion (US$91 million) in three weeks.[88][93] The film earned a final domestic nett of INR3.37 billion (US$53 million).[86]


The film opened in 22 international markets during its opening weekend ( 19–21 December) and grossed $28.7 million placing it at No. 3 at the worldwide box office behind The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Gone with the Bullets.[113]

In North America, the film set an opening weekend record for an Indian film collecting $3.75 million and placing at No. 10 at the box office.[113] PK is the first Indian film to gross US$10 million in North America (US and Canada).[99] In Pakistan, PK had grossed ₨18 crore (US$1.7 million) as of 10 January 2015.[114][115] The international gross of PK is US$25.8 million— currently 3rd in the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in international markets.[95][97][116][117]


Box Office Records made by PK
Box office record Record details Previous record holder Ref.
Number of screens (Domestic) 5,200 screens Dhoom 3 (2013, 4,500 screens) [118]
First week nett (India) INR1.81 billion (US$28 million) Dhoom 3 (2013, INR1.75 billion (US$27 million))(only Hindi) [119][120][121]
Lifetime nett gross (India) INR3.37 billion (US$53 million) Dhoom 3 (2013, INR2.61 billion (US$41 million)) [86][87][122]
Worldwide gross INR6.08 billion (US$95 million) Dhoom 3 (2013, INR5.4 billion (US$85 million)) [3][13]
Highest gross (North America) $10,532,007 Dhoom 3 (2013, $8,090,250) [123]
Highest gross (Australia) A$1,996,986 Dhoom 3 (2013, A$1,752,845) [124]
Highest gross (New Zealand) NZ$540,182 Dhoom 3 (2013, NZ$530,911 ) [125]


PK received two Awards out of eight Nominations at the 60th Filmfare Awards.[126] The film won five Star Guild Awards,[127][128] and two Life OK Screen Awards.[129]

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