Is it Twitter that made PK trend at the box office?

Twitteratis have certainly made the movie, PK go up the box office charts with many people claiming that the movie is portrayed against Hinduism and targeted towards Hindu preachers.

Within a few days of release, PK has been applauded by critics and public alike, with its revenue crossing Rs. 50 crore mark within the weekend. However, we doubt that social media can be a big reason for this! The first day after the movie hit the theatres, it saw a massive turnout in Twitter with people with two different set of opinions battling it out for the movie – whether it should be watched or not. Both #BoycottPK and #WeSupportPK have either way led to more and more movie buffs hitting the cineplexes for the movie as you need to watch the movie to support either group.

While #BoycottPK focuses more on the director, Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘commercialisation of religion’ in the movie, #WeSupportPK emphasizes on why this film should not be viewed as one mocking Hinduism and its practices.

#BoycottPK for telling that maulvis &priests of other religions R god sent saints but HinduSages R evil And Hindus will happily accept it

#Boycott PK has rather become the trend on twitter because the hypocrisy and lies of religion is what people find difficult to come to terms with. Why should we Boycott PK when there have been other films like OMG (Oh! My God) which has spoken about the middle-men who promote religious conservatism and try to rob people in the name of religion? Ok. I agree that OMG deals with the major religions in India viz. Hinduism, Islam and Christianity but if PK has taken the example of Hinduism for making people realize human pettiness and religious hypocrisy where the name of God is abused for selfish needs and personal gains, it does not mean the movie targets the religion in its entirety. Try separating ‘Hindu radicals’ who attack other religion followers (viz. Muslims and Christians) from Hinduism itself. Even OMG talks about how milk is wasted when it is poured over Shiv Lingaa that could have a better usage if poured in the beggar’s container, then why do people resort to such tweets:

The love track between Anoushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput has also taken to controversy with people supporting #BoycottPK saying that the romance between a Hindu girl and a Pakistani boy is a way to promote Love Jihad.

Well, what would you say to people who get married to someone from the other religion in the real life, especially if one of them is a Hindu? Aamir Khan who plays an alien in the movie tries to expose the hypocrisy of a Hindu godman who uses different methods to advocate themselves to their followers. Those who could understand this message through the movie have resorted to #WeSupport PK in response to the trend of #BoycottPK. As every coin has two sides, the movie has its followers too as immense in numbers as the ones who want to Boycott PK!

While pictures of the shoe filled with blood of one of the children killed in Peshawar attack and of children whose faces have been coated in blood, as well as those of Hindu temples are doing the rounds, Rajkumar Hirani’s PK has done much well in the Box office, thanks to the people who resorted to the micro-blogging site for a vent-out.

A good movie is always thought-provoking and PK does just that. The fact that people have hurled their angst at the storyline of the film shows just how many people took the movie with them back home. While Hirani’s other movies like 3 Idiots and Munnabhai MBBS have been much successful in delivering a social message, it is up to you to decide if this time too, the director and the movie have turned up in favour of social harmony or it just sparked social unrest.

PK certainly questions the true characters of middle-men, (not only in the Hindu religion) who try to cash-in on our religious beliefs and ideals but is it right to give a fair share of acrimony to the film just because it tries to fight out the age-old religious fanaticism and questions Hindu practices, which mostly do not have much logical reasons to follow.

The movie has raised its voice equally against the Christian missionary conversions and fatwas against girl education – hence, it is not Hindu-centric in its approach.

Decide for yourself which camp you would like to choose.

But, even as you watch the movie, try not taking things to heart as Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines said, “The movie is not targeting anyone. It is fiction and not putting anyone down. It should be taken lightly.” (As reported to IANS) 

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