Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Andrea Tariang, Kirti Kulhari, Angad Bedi
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
What’s Good: Pink is a compelling film that forces you to think. A powerful script and backing performances lift this film into the must-watch category!
What’s Bad: Slight detours into Amitabh Bachchan’s character detailing and a tad bit longer second half.
Loo Break: Strictly interval!
Watch or Not?: Yes! All men who claim themselves to be liberal yet have no shame in categorizing girls into the ‘pategi’ zone based on their dressing, this a learning lesson for you. For girls I’d say it is so relatable that it could be anyone of you or your friends in this situation.
Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Andrea Tariang and Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) are independent working girls who share a rented apartment in Delhi.
On a fateful night in Surajkund Faridabad, the three girls encounter, three young men and after a mishap, Minal accidentally hits Rajvir Singh (Angad Bedi) with a bottle which hits him above the eye.
A deep cut and a bruised ego, leads Rajvir and his friends to harass the three girls further. After finding it difficult to cope, Minal lodges a police complaint against Rajvir and friends for molestation.
This step further backfires when Rajvir uses his influence and charges Minal for attempt to murder and extortion as a sex worker.
Will Deepak Saigal (Amitabh Bachchan) a senile advocate be able to fight Minal’s case for justice? Can the law punish Rajvir’s mentality and its impact on the society is what lies ahead.
Pink Review: Script Analysis
The beauty of Pink is that it is highly relatable. This case could happen with any of your friend and that’s why it’s powerful.
Ritesh Shah’s script rightly addresses the prejudices that are latched on to educated, self-earning, independently put up woman in Indian society. Be it the judgmental neighbors or well-educated men who think ‘a girl who drinks and wears short dresses is easily available’.
The setting is Delhi and while many may have a problem to that, there is no shame in admitting the fact that it is the sexual harassment capital of India.
Another amazing point the script raises is that of harassment against North Eastern girls. Andrea’s character even admits in the film to have been through much more eve-teasing. If that’s any less, Shah cleverly also puts across a strong point as to why in spite of being seven different states, we refer every person from Meghalaya, Sikkim, Manipur etc to be a North-Eastern. (Isn’t it a crime if you call a Tamil, Telugu or Malayali to be South Indian? Well, think about it!)
Shah’s script questions all the beliefs that society holds against modern girls. Also, why a ‘No’ means ‘No’ for any lady from being a sex worker, a wife, a girlfriend or friend.
How everyday situations play against the girls to prove their bad conduct is intelligently crafted.
Overall, a hard-hitting script that must force you to think and question.
Pink Review: Star Performance
Taapsee Pannu plays the strong Minal Arora with great effortlessness. She emotes perfectly for every scene and it’s as if a friend of yours is standing in that court being questioned for her lifestyle. This girl has potential to go way ahead!
Kirti Kulhari as Falak Ali does a brilliant job in one of the scenes where she breaks down in the court. She seems extremely comfortable and natural in her act.
Andrea Tariang does a fine job too but gets a slightly smaller role than the other two.
Amitabh Bachchan is a powerhouse performer in any given role. As Deepak Saigal, he does a brilliant job. It’s honestly great of him to choose this film and I’d really hope his star power forces people to watch it.
Piyush Mishra as the prosecution lawyer is on the top of his game.
Angad Bedi nails the bad boy act of Rajvir with just his arrogant stare. You wish to kill him with your bare hands!
Pink Review: Direction, Music
Aniruddha Roy Chaudhary directs this film and one feels that he takes inspiration from producer Shoojit Sircar and also Kahaani director Sujoy Ghosh in his story telling style.
One of the best parts about this film is the fact that it visually never shows you the actual incident, up until the end credits. The story is based on the happenings and that mystery builds well in the first half.
Certain scenes are extremely powerful such as the one where Minal’s character lodges an FIR and the interaction that she has with the inspector.
Also, a scene where she is seen drying her undergarments in the balcony while a neighbor stares at the ‘pink bra’ with a judgmental look.
The background score by Shantanu Moitra is a piano note that keeps ticking, as though almost racing with your thoughts.
Amitabh Bachchan’s masked look as he takes morning walks in an overly polluted Delhi is justified in reality but for cinema, it looks creepy and could have been avoided. It does not contribute in any manner.
Songs are used in the background which blend perfectly.
Pink does have its moments where it digresses from the case just to teach a little moral science but I’d say that’s permissible considering our thick-brained audience.
Pink Review: The Last Word
Pink is poignant and powerfully provocative. It is a must-watch for everyone with a blurred vision for modern day women. I’ll go with a 4/5 for this film!
Pink releases on 16th Sept, 2016.
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