Alien Film Is Bollywood at Its Best

The crowd-pleasing Indian film "PK" hews to the traditions of Bollywood cinema, but it is also a timely intervention in the country's ugly wars over religion.

A charming alien and his director.

Photographer: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images

In December, the Bollywood film "PK," an ingenious comedy-drama about a confused extraterrestrial and the Indian subcontinent’s obsession with religion, opened on thousands of screens all over the world (including 272 screens in the U.S.). 

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