Bajrangi vs PK vs Indian Godmen
Both Amir Khan’s PK and Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijan advocate Humanity as religion of all religions. If PK is critical of religious extremism, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is vocal about the superiority of love as the ultimate value of humanity over religious narrowness. Being ambassadors of Humanity, both movies stand on the same ground.
Then, what and where is the difference between PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan? While PK met with severe flak from Hindu extremists all over the country, Bajrangi Bhaijaan has not elicited any response in praise from the same staunch protectors of Hinduism. If PK put Hinduism in bad light according to the Hindu wings of the country, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the story of an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman. “Why criticism for one, no praise for the other?” is my question to the Hindu fundamentalists.
“Why criticism for PK, no praise for Bajrangi?” is my question to the Hindu fundamentalists.
Aamir Khan was accused of having defamed the Hindu godmen and women of India in PK. The countrywide criticism of Aamir Khan’s role in PK movie by a handful of fundamentalists in power was based on the premises that he is a Muslim, and that he hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus by iniquitously disfiguring the (selfstyled) messengers of Hinduism.
The fact is that Aamir Khan being a Muslim or Hindu has nothing personal about or against Hinduism, Islam, or Christianity. The overlooked facts are that he plays an alien from some other planet, and his character belongs to neither Hinduism nor Islam. There is a fine line of distinction between an actor as individual person in real and his / her fictitious or socially relevant characters in the reel. Aamir Khan as an individual actor or person was made scapegoat for whatever his character PK did, whichever he went through and whoever he came across in search of his celestial locket.
The overlooked facts are that Aamir Khan plays an alien from some other planet, and his character belongs to neither Hinduism nor Islam.
If I support the Hindu fundamentalists for their being critical of Aamir Khan as actor or person (Muslim), I would heap praises on Salman Khan, who plays a diehard Hindu and chants the Hanuman Chalisa in Bajrangi Bhaijaan despite being a Muslim in real life. Salman’s character Bajrangi / Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi advocates religious tolerance, which is the only panacea to all socio-religious and religio-political conflicts in the world.
Salman Khan plays a diehard Hindu and chants the Hanuman Chalisa in Bajrangi Bhaijaan despite being a Muslim in real life.
In current times, we need more actors like Aamir Khan and Salman Khan who will play religiously impartial characters like PK and Bajrangi to awaken the god-fearing people from hibernation. Only one PK or Bajrangi cannot carry out the crusade against the fraudulence of self-styled godmen of India, including Radhe Maa, Srimad Sarathi Deb, Asharam Bapu, Nityanand Swami and likes, who have blindfolded and hypnotized millions of religious fanatics.
We need more characters like Bajrangi and PK who carry out the crusade against the fraudulence of self-styled godmen of India.
If some Indian politicians are criticized for their scam practices, involvement in corruption and misusing taxpayers’ hard-earned money, the Indian godmen and women should be blamed for spending innocent devotees’ donations to enjoy rare luxuries and lavish lifestyles like extravagant millionaires. It is partly because of high-profile businessmen, politicians like Gajendra Chauhan and celebrities like Subhash Ghai who have elevated mere human beings with some gift of the gab and pretended humility to the heights of divinity.
We need heroes like PK not only in the reel but also in the real to wake up India from being deceived in the name of devotion, befooled in the name of spiritual rationalism, and enchanted in the name of divine blessing by self-proclaimed avatars like Radhe Maa and Srimad Sarathi Dev who are in the news for allegedly wrong reasons.