Pink, a brilliant film by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury is going to shake you to the core. It is not a film from a feminist perspective, but it does talk about the shackles in which girls of our country are tied even in this century. The newspapers everyday talks of atleast one incident where a girl is either molested or raped. Recently, we found two acid attack survivors Reshma Quereshi and Laxmi making headlines by walking the ramps in New York Fashion Week and London. They conveyed a very strong message that acid can destroy their face / bodies but their will and spirits cannot be destroyed. Thinking of such ordeal itself gives us goosebumps, difficult to even imagine the trauma of the victims. What is the mentality of the people, who do so in the rage of not able to accept rejections? And as far as Reshma and Laxmi are concerned, they have displayed extraordinary grit and strength by fighting all the sorrow, grief, vulnerabilities and leading a life with their heads held high. They generate a great sense of respect and regard for them. If I talk regarding the film Pink, it does not talk of such intense incidents, but it does raise many pertinent questions, talks of double standards, gender discrimination etc. In spite of females excelling in almost every field, there are many unsaid rules in our society which decides whether a female is of good character or not. The beauty of the film is that this is not at all a loud film in spite of conveying a very loud message. It talks of the attitudes prevalent all around us which stamps a female of ‘questionable character’ on the basis of the length of the her skirt, the time when she returns home after work, how much she smiles at men, whether she drinks / parties or not, and her virginity status etc.
There are enough moral policing for girls. It also talks about the corrupt system in our country, the cops who actually need to protect people, end up in framing people in false cases. Pink through its highly engaging plot and courtroom drama turns out to be so powerful that it is bound to make you think.
Three single independent working women Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) are friends and they share an apartment in Delhi. Minal is from Delhi itself, but due to her odd working hours, she stays with friends. Falak is from Lucknow and Andrea from Meghalaya. Their lives take a turn when they go for a rock concert with a friend Vishwa (Tushar Pandey) and befriend Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and Dumpy (Raashul Tandon). They accept a dinner invitation from Rajveer and go for the same in a resort in Surajkund, Haryana. After some light talks, jokes, drinks, Minal is inappropriately touched by Rajveer. In an effort for self-defense, Minal picks up a bottle and smashes it on Rajveer. The girls manage to escape from the resort. Till the credits roll, the incident is not shown which led to the whole plot. But the screenplay is so strong that one gets to have vivid visualization of what could have gone wrong.
Cast and Crew Details (Source – Wikipedia Page)
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan (Deepak Sehgal), Taapsee Pannu (Minal Arora), Kirti Kulhari (Falak Ali), Andrea Tariang (Andrea), Angad Bedi (Rajveer), Dhritiman Chatterjee (Judge), Raashul Tandon (Dumpy), Tushar Pandey (Vishwa), Vijay Verma, Piyush Mishra (Prashant), Sudhanva Deshpande (Haryanvi Cop)
Directed by: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Produced by: Rashmi Sharma, Shoojit Sircar
Screenplay by: Ritesh Shah
Story by: Ritesh Shah
Cinematography: Abhik Mukhopadhyay
Edited by: Bodhatiya Banerjee
Music by: Shantanu Moitra, Faiza Mujahid, Anupam Roy
Production Company: Rashmi Sharma Telefilms Limited
Distributed by: NH Studios
Release date: 16th September, 2016
Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes
Girls do not approach the police initially out of fear. They even get more scared when they come to know that Rajveer is the nephew of very influential politician. Later, when all three are harassed by the boys gang (actor Vijay Varma also joins the gang) by different means, they decide to approach police department and file a case. But Rajveer files a case in turn against Minal mainly and accusing other two too. Minal is accused for ‘Attempt to murder’, for extorting money etc. All three of them are labeled in the FIR as prostitutes. Minal is arrested, and the case is handled by none other than Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan), who lives in the neighbourhood of Minal, Falak and Andrea. The initial shots itself show Deepak doing morning exercises in the park, where he often ends up looking at Minal jogging with blank expressions. Deepak Sehgal had called it quits to his profession as a lawyer due to his bipolar disorder, but comes to the rescue of the girls.
The second half is highly engaging with courtroom sequence. Piyush Mishra as Prashant is the prosecution lawyer. There we get to see some fine and smart moves during the debate. Deepak had answers to every accusation which Prashant was bringing up.
Who wins in the end – Girls or the boys? How efficiently does Deepak suffering from bipolar disorder fight the case ? What defense statements were made by Prashant to protect the boys ? What was the motive of girls behind accepting dinner invitations from acquaintances, was it to extort money from the rich (as accused)? How were the girls Minal, Falak and Andrea treated in the society, workplace and in court after this incident ? How did they handle their character assassination?
There are certain moments in the films which certainly would bring tears to your eyes. There is a scene, where after the incident, Minal is commented upon as the girl involved in ‘Surajkund Kand’, she just puts the hood of her sweatshirt on her head instead of retaliating, Amitabh Bachchan removes the hood. There are many more such moments. There is no lecture in the film; rather it talks about what is happening in and around us.
There are some parts of the plot which were not very much justified: Amitabh Bachchan’s Bipolar disorder, his ailing wife confined to a hospital bed. The boys appeared very influential and egoistic in the beginning, wanted to punish girls at any cost, but once when the courtroom drama started unfolding, there was not a single moment of encounter / threatening from these boys to girls, which seemed unlikely. One of the girl was molested by the boys in a running car, she was harassed, but why incident was not at all mentioned during the court proceedings? But these are very much unnoticeable in midst of powerful scenes.
Amitabh Bachchan blends with the character of Deepak Sehgal so well. He is outstanding. Taapsee, Kirti, Andrea are also extremely good, have projected their vulnerabilities, pain, sadness, confusions, anger with so much finesse. Angad Bedi as Rajveer and Vijay Varma stand out, rest of the boys, Raashul Tandon, Tushar Pandey are also very nice. Piyush Mishra with his exclusive style of dialogue delivery excels as the prosecution lawyer. Vinod Nagpal as the landlord and Sudhanva Deshpande as Haryanvi cop are superb. Dhritiman Chatterjee as judge has done so much justice to his character, he projects his uneasiness when girls are interrogated with uncomfortable questions.
Pink, a very powerful and outstanding film, conveys a message very loudly that when a woman (be it friend, acquaintance, wife) says ‘No’, it actually means ‘No’. It also prompts society to stop judging a girl on the basis of length of her skirt, time of her returning home, her single status, her attempts to enjoy life in parties etc. The poem by Tanvir Ghazi recited by Amitabh Bachchan when the credits roll, clearly conveys that it is high time to end the patriarchal rules which shackles the women in stereotypes. Pink through its highly engaging plot and courtroom drama turns out to be so powerful that it is bound to shake you to the core.
Rating : 4.5 / 5 (Very Good+)
Listen to this Powerful poem by Tanvir Ghazi recited by Amitabh Bachchan in the lyrical video:
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