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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 cassette tape player.
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 85 crore (US$13 million)[2]
Box office est. 735 crore (US$110 million)[3]

PK is a 2014 Indian satirical science fiction comedy film.[4][5][6] The film was directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi.[7] 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 received positive reviews and emerged as the highest-grossing Indian film of all time,[8][9] and ranks as the 70th highest grossing film of 2014 worldwide.[10] PK was the first Indian film to gross INR 7 billion worldwide.[11][12][13][14][15][16] It was also the first Indian film to gross US$100 million(Rs 630 crore) worldwide.[17][18][19][20]


A humanoid alien (Aamir Khan) lands on Earth naked on a research mission in Rajasthan, but is stranded when the remote control of his spaceship is stolen, though he manages to get the thief's cassette recorder, a National Panasonic RQ-565D. On the same day in Bruges, Jaggu (Anushka Sharma) meets a man named Sarfaraz (Sushant Singh Rajput) and falls in love with him. Jaggu's father (Parikshit Sahni) objects to their relationship because Sarfaraz is a Pakistani Muslim, while Jaggu is a Hindu. 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 cultural differences.

Jaggu returns to India and becomes a TV reporter. She meets the alien and is intrigued at seeing him distribute leaflets about "missing" Gods. She saves him when he attempts to take money from a collection box, earning his trust.

He tells her that he was a research scientist from his planet. The people of his planet know nothing about dress, god and verbal communication. They transceive ideas by holding both of their hands with the person whom they are communicating. The longer they hold hands, greater information like language, skills, behaviour can be passed. After he landed on Earth, he learned to fit in among humans by wearing clothes and using money stolen from couples having sex in "dancing cars". After being accidentally hit by a truck, he was befriended by bandmaster Bhairon Singh (Sanjay Dutt), who took him along with his troop. Initially unable to communicate, he attempted to learn human language by grabbing peoples' hands and absorbing their memories through touch, but people chased him away, believing him to be a pervert. Bhairon took him to a brothel, where the alien held a prostitute's (Reema Debnath) hand for 6 hours and thus learned the Bhojpuri language.

Bhairon had a conversation with the alien, and suggested that the thief may be in Delhi. The alien left for Delhi. Due to his strange behaviour, people assumed he was drunk and called him PK (pee-kay, Hindi for "drunk"); he adopted this name. People told him that only "God" could help him find his remote. PK sincerely practiced every Indian religion attempting to find "God", but to no avail. He later discovered that Tapasvi had his remote, that he claimed was a gift from God. Tapasvi refused to return the remote.

Jaggu promises PK that she will recover his remote so he can go back home.

PK conjectures that Tapasvi and other godmen must be dialling a "wrong number" to communicate with God, and are therefore advising the public to engage in meaningless rituals. Jaggu encourages the public to expose fraudulent godmen, by sending their videos to her news channel. This "wrong number" campaign turns into a popular mass-movement, to the dismay of Tapasvi. Meanwhile, Bhairon finds the thief and contacts PK, informing him they will come to Delhi, but both die in a terrorist attack.

Tapasvi decides to confront PK on-air. During the debate, PK says the "God that created us all" is the only one we should believe in, and that the other "duplicate Gods" are created by man. Tapasvi claims he has a direct connection to God and refers to his prediction of Sarfaraz's betrayal as proof. PK realizes that Sarfaraz did not write the letter. Jaggu contacts the Pakistan Embassy in Belgium where Sarfaraz worked part-time. The embassy tells her that Sarfaraz still loves her, and transfers the line to Sarfaraz. Jaggu and Sarfaraz reconnect, and Tapasvi is forced to return PK's remote.

Meanwhile, PK has fallen in love with Jaggu, but refrains from telling her because she loves Sarfaraz. Having filled multiple audio tapes with her voice alone, he takes two suitcases full of tapes and extra batteries when leaving for home. After his departure, Jaggu publishes a book about him.

One year later, PK returns to Earth on a new research mission on human nature along with several other aliens (including one played by Ranbir Kapoor).




According to Rajkumar Hirani, PK is a "satire on Hindu god and their godmen".[25] The co-director Khan began looking for shooting locations in July 2012.[26] Second unit filming was set to begin in late 2012,[27] which was stalled after the rumoured departure of three department heads for the film and bad weather stalling initial shoots.[28][29] 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".[30][31] Shooting officially began on 1 February 2013,[32] with the filming scheduled to occur over a 45-day period.[33] A 26-day schedule of shooting of PK started in Delhi from 27 September 2013.[34][35][36] 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.[37] 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.[38]


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."[39]


The film was released on 19 December 2014 as the 200th Bollywood release in 2014.[40][41] The film's release was later expanded to 6000 screens worldwide, which includes 5200 screens in India[42] and 844 screens overseas.[43] PK was initially released in 4844 screens worldwide.[44][45][46][47] PK has been made tax-free in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.[48][49][50] PK is the widest Indian movie released in the U.K. (198 screens), Pakistan (over 70 screens), Australia (35 screens) and outside of India (844 screens in over 40 overseas markets).[51] PK was released theatrically in China on 22 May 2015 across 4,600 screens[52]


The film's first poster sparked a controversy[vague] as it featured Aamir Khan posing almost nude with only a radio cassette recorder covering his genitals.[25][53] 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 film a green signal.[54][55] A case was lodged against Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani in Rajasthan.[56][clarification needed]


Koimoi reported rumors of a satellite deal in which the satellite rights were sold for 850 million (US$13 million) if the domestic business reached 3 billion nett.[57][58] The music rights were sold for 150 million (US$2.3 million).[59] DNA reported, "Being the first film 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)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
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:



Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Bollywood Hungama 4.5/5 stars
NDTV 5/5 stars
Times of India 4/5 stars
Hindustan Times 4/5 stars
India Today 4.5/5 stars
Rediff 4/5 stars
CNN-IBN 3.5/5 stars

Srijana Mitra Das of The Times of India gave the movie 4 stars out of 5.[68] 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".[69] 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."[70] 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.[71] Raja Sen of Rediff gave PK 4 out of 5 stars and called it "a triumph" and argued that Aamir "soars high".[72] 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.[73] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said "Aamir Khan steals the show with his performance".[74] Rohit Khilnani of India Today gave 4.5 stars, and said "Go watch the film & watch it ASAP!"[75] Edmund Lee of South China Morning Post gave PK 3.5 stars.[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] Amish Tripathi of Hindustani Times and Madhu Kishwar of took issue with the film for mocking idolatry, which they believed in part was intended as criticism of Hinduism, along with other faiths.[83][84] 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.[85]

Box office[edit]

PK opted to have its box office figures tracked by Rentrak[86] a United States-based company that specializes in audience measurements. PK has become the first Bollywood film to earn 1 billion (US$15 million) nett from online bookings.[87] PK grossed 175 crore (US$26 million) worldwide in its first weekend.[88] It is the highest grossing Indian film, in both domestic as well as international markets.[18] The final worldwide gross of PK was 735 crore (US$110 million).[11]

PK worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
3.37 billion (US$51 million)[89][90][91][92][93][94][95]
Distributor share:
1.65 billion (US$25 million)[96]
Entertainment tax:
1.13 billion (US$17 million)[13][97][98]
(Outside India)
US$45.64 million(Rs 2.88 billion)[13][18][99][100][101][102]
US$10,616,104 (United States-Canada)[14]
Worldwide 7.35 billion (US$110 million)[11][13][14][18][103]


PK earned 260 million (US$3.9 million) nett on its opening day.[104] The film showed growth on its second day, earning around 290 million (US$4.4 million) nett.[105] On its third day, the film brought in 370 million (US$5.6 million) nett, bringing its weekend take to 925 million (US$14 million) nett.[106]

PK had the highest collections for a Hindi film on its first Monday, earning around 210 million (US$3.2 million) nett.[107] Over the next two days the film grossed 190 million (US$2.9 million) and 200 million (US$3.0 million) nett respectively, taking its total to 1.53 billion (US$23 million).[108] On Christmas Day the film earned approximately 275 million (US$4.2 million) nett and taking its first week total to 1.80 billion (US$27 million) nett.[109][110]

On its second Friday, PK brought in around 140 million (US$2.1 million) nett.[111] The film kept growing in its second weekend, earning 170 million (US$2.6 million) on Saturday and 220 million (US$3.3 million) on Sunday, taking the weekend total to 533 million (US$8.0 million) nett.[112] It earned 92.5 million (US$1.4 million) on its second Monday, 90 million (US$1.4 million) on Tuesday and 97.5 million (US$1.5 million) on Wednesday. With this, the film took its total to around 2.63 billion (US$40 million) nett and became the highest grossing film in India in just thirteen days.[9][113] The film set a record second week figure of 945 million (US$14 million), taking its total to 2.76 billion (US$42 million) nett.[98] PK made an all-time record in the Mumbai circuit by grossing there more than 1 billion (US$15 million) nett.[114]

The film netted around 275 million (US$4.2 million) in its third weekend, reaching 3.05 billion (US$46 million) nett in seventeen days.[115] The film went on to nett 3.19 billion (US$48 million) in India and grossed 1.53 billion (US$23 million) overseas for a worldwide gross of 5.77 billion (US$87 million) in three weeks.[92][97] The film earned a final domestic nett of 3.37 billion (US$51 million).[90]


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.[116] 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.[116] PK is the first Indian film to gross US$10 million in North America (US and Canada). The international gross of PK is US$45.63 million[13][18][99][117] — currently 1st in the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time in international markets.[100][102][118][119]

In Pakistan, PK had grossed 18 crore (US$1.8 million) as of 10 January 2015.[120][121] PK became an instant hit grossing US$5.14 –$5.3 million in first three days of release due to good word-of-mouth – a record for an Indian film (previously held by Dhoom 3), debuting at second place at the Chinese box office behind Avengers: Age of Ultron.[122][123] PK became the highest-grossing Indian film in China in just 72 hours[123][124] and as of 8 July 2015 has grossed US$19.5 million(Rs 122 crore) in China.[11][125][126] It became the first Indian film to pass the 100 million yuan ($16.11 million) threshold, which is considered rare for a non-Hollywood foreign film.[127]


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) [128]
Lifetime nett gross (India) 3.37 billion (US$51 million) Dhoom 3 (2013, 2.61 billion (US$39 million)) [90][91][129]
Overseas gross US$45.63 million Dhoom 3 (2013, US$31 million) [13][18][130]
Worldwide gross 7.35 billion (US$110 million) Dhoom 3 (2013, 5.4 billion (US$82 million)) [11][13][14][129]
Highest gross (North America) $10,616,104 Dhoom 3 (2013, $8,031,955) [14][131]
Highest gross (Australia) A$2,108,655 Dhoom 3 (2013, A$1,752,845) [132]
Highest gross (New Zealand) NZ$568,336 Dhoom 3 (2013, NZ$530,911 ) [133]
Highest gross (China) $19.5 million Dhoom 3 (2013, $3.17 million) [123][126][134][135]
Highest gross in a single territory outside India $19.5 million (China) [126][135]


PK received two Awards out of eight Nominations at the 60th Filmfare Awards.[136] The film won five Star Guild Awards,[137][138] and two Life OK Screen Awards.[139]

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