PK (transl. Drunk person; Hindi pronunciation: [piakar]) is a 2014 Indian satirical comedy-drama[c] film directed by Rajkumar Hirani and written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi. It was jointly produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra under the banners Rajkumar Hirani Films and Vinod Chopra Films respectively. The film follows an alien who comes to Earth on a research mission, but loses his remote to a thief, who later sells it to a godman. He befriends a television journalist and in his quest to retrieve the remote, questions religious dogmas and superstitions. The film stars Aamir Khan in the titular role with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles.
The film centres on a humanoid alien who is stranded on Earth, the planet he was supposed to study. In his journey, he experiences many aspects of humanity, including religions, customs, languages, attire, practices and beliefs.
After the success of 3 Idiots (2009), Hirani and Joshi’s began scripting their next project; finding similarities with the plot of Inception (2010), they scrapped the film. It was later rewritten with a different angle and tone. During production, the film was first titled Talli and later Ek Tha Talli before being changed to PK as the latter title was found too similar to Ek Tha Tiger (2012). The film’s soundtrack was composed by Shantanu Moitra, Ajay−Atul and Ankit Tiwari with lyrics written by Swanand Kirkire, Amitabh Varma and Manoj Muntashir. UTV Motion Pictures acquired the distribution rights of the film.
PK was released on 19 December 2014. It received generally positive reviews, with praise for the performances, particularly by Khan, and its portrayal of superstitions. The film received eight nominations at the 60th Filmfare Awards, winning two. Additionally, it won five Producers Guild Film Awards, and two Screen Awards. PK garnered the Telstra People’s Choice Award at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Produced on a budget of ₹850 million (approx. $12 million), PK was the first Indian film to gross more than ₹7 billion and US$100 million worldwide. At the time, it emerged as the highest-grossing Indian film of all time, and ranks as the 70th highest-grossing film of 2014 worldwide. The film’s final worldwide gross was ₹854 crore (US$140 million). It currently stands as the 5th highest grossing Indian film worldwide and 5th highest-grossing film in India
A humanoid alien lands on Earth naked on a research mission in Rajasthan but is stranded when the remote control for his spaceship is stolen. He manages to get the thief’s cassette recorder. On the same day in Bruges, an Indian Hindu woman, Jaggu, meets a Pakistani Muslim, Sarfaraz, and falls in love with him. Jaggu’s father objects to their relationship, citing religious differences. He consults godman Tapasvi Maharaj who predicts that Sarfaraz will betray Jaggu. Determined to prove them wrong, Jaggu asks Sarfaraz to marry her. At the wedding chapel, she is heartbroken when she receives an unsigned letter, believing it is from Sarfaraz, calling off the marriage due to cultural differences.
Jaggu returns to India and becomes a news reporter. She meets the alien and is intrigued to see him distribute leaflets about the “missing” God. She earns his trust by rescuing him when he attempts to take money from a temple’s collection box as a refund on God’s broken promises. The alien tells her that he is a ‘astronaut’ from another planet. His people know nothing about dressing, religion, or verbal communication. They transfer ideas by holding hands. The alien learned to fit in with humans by wearing clothes and using money stolen from “dancing cars”.
In a flashback, after being accidentally hit by a truck, the alien is befriended by bandmaster Bhairon Singh, who takes him along with his troop. Bhairon takes him to a brothel, where the alien holds a prostitute’s hand for six hours and thus learns the Bhojpuri language. Bhairon suggests him that his thief may be in Delhi. The alien leaves for Delhi. Due to his strange behavior, people assume he is drunk and call him “peekay” or “PK” (Hindi for drunk); the alien adopts PK as a name (his people have no language and thus no names).
People tell PK that only “God” can help him find his remote. He sincerely practices Indian religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity and Islam, attempting to find “God”, to no avail. He later discovers that Tapasvi has his remote, who claims it was a gift from God and refuses to return it. Jaggu promises PK that she will recover his remote and he can go back home.
PK conjectures that Tapasvi and other godmen must be dialing a “wrong number” to communicate with God and are 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, telling him that he sold his remote to Tapasvi. PK realizes that Tapasvi was a fraud all along and that it was not a “wrong number”. Bhairon brings the thief to Delhi, but both die in a terrorist attack.
Tapasvi decides to confront PK on-air. Tapasvi asks PK what the “right number” is. PK says that “God that created us all” is the only concept people should believe in and that the other “duplicate Gods” are artificial. Tapasvi argues, saying that PK is trying to take people away from their Gods and that they will not stand for their Gods being taken away. He claims he has a direct connection to God and refers to his prediction of Sarfaraz’s betrayal to try to prove that Muslims are liars. PK, having absorbed Jaggu’s memories earlier, realizes that Sarfaraz did not write the letter to Jaggu.
Jaggu contacts the Pakistani Embassy in Belgium where Sarfaraz worked part-time. The embassy tells her that Sarfaraz has been annoying them by repeatedly asking if they received a call from Delhi, implying that he still loves Jaggu. That day, Sarfaraz found the same letter and thought it was from Jaggu, and didn’t call her as he understood she was under family tension. Jaggu and Sarfaraz reconnect, and Tapasvi is forced by Jaggu’s father 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. He lies to Jaggu that the tapes contain a variety of Earthly noises which he will miss, such as crows and car horns. Jaggu realizes his love for her by seeing the note he wrote for her earlier but does not directly confront him about it. PK does not even look back while going as he didn’t want her to see his teary face which will giveaway that he loves her. After his departure, Jaggu publishes a book about him, with Sarfaraz and her family assisting. Her father whistles at her reading, implying that after many years he is very proud of Jaggu.
One year later, PK returns to Earth on a new research mission on human nature with several other members of his species.
Aamir Khan, lead actor in PK
Aamir Khan as the alien a.k.a “PK”
Anushka Sharma as Jagat “Jaggu” Janani Sahni
Sushant Singh Rajput as Sarfaraz Yousuf
Boman Irani as Cherry Bajwa
Saurabh Shukla as Tapasvi Maharaj
Sanjay Dutt as Bhairon Singh
Parikshit Sahni as Jayprakash Sahni
Amardeep Jha as Jaggu’s mother
Ram Sethi as an old man (cameo)
Sai Gundewar as Ticket Seller
Rohitash Gaud as a Police Inspector Pandey ji (cameo)
Ranbir Kapoor as a fellow alien scientist from PK’s home planet (cameo)
Reema Debnath as Phuljhadiya, the prostitute
Sachin Parikh as the Tapasvi’s manager
Michael Pekala as bystander in train station
Rukhsaar Rehman as Pakistan embassy receptionist
Plabita Borthakur as Jaggu’s sister (cameo)
Anil Mange as character dressed as Shiva
Brijendra Kala as idol seller at a temple
Alok Pandey as Reporter
Rajiv Gupta as Inspector of the New Delhi railway station
Monali Thakur as a Kashmiri girl
Udesh Limma (Cameo)
Maanvi Gagroo as Mitu, Jaggu’s colleague
Shaji Chaudhary as Tapasvi Maharaj’s bodyguard