Pink is a hard punch on the face of feudalistic and biased social norms that exist in the Indian society.
Directed by award winning director Aniruddha Roy Choudhury, the movie shines from the starting till the end. Aniruddha has already proved his mettle in Bengali films like Antaheen and Anuranan that have won accolades at the National Film Awards in India.
Pink, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Raashul Tandon and Tushar Pandey, is set in Delhi, a city that has become a premise for several such movies questioning the moralistic views in our society. Yet what happens in Delhi in the movie ‘Pink’, is something that probably takes place across India every day. A woman’s consent to physical advances, is shadowed by feudalistic and chauvinistic mentality in a society, that still sees the woman as the weaker sex.
Three girls living as room mates are simply living normal everyday lives and having fun with friends. One evening outing with ‘dependable’ friends go awry and a small fight ensures. Our protagonist Meenal (Taapsee) ends up hurting the antagonist (Angad) in a bid to free herself from his clutches and sexual advances. What follows is a drama that transports the later part of the movie to a courtroom. Amitabh plays the role of an old lawyer Deepak Sehgall, who is dealing with his own personal crisis of bipolar disorder and an ailing wife. The veteran that Amitabh is, he is able to bring out his mental disorder very subtly.
The well written screenplay and the crisp editing are at play during the entire trial, that also has a few light hearted moments. Amitabh as lawyer Deepak, brings in a fresh perspective of judicial interrogation in Hindi cinema. Piyush Mishra is in complete form, as the lawyer representing the antagonist. The script is not water tight, and there are a few loose ends, but they however do not distract the audience. The film subtly but surely touches several issues like use of political connections to dilute the case and intimidate the innocent; corrupt and insensitive police officers that one has to often deal with; a mindset of the society based on hypocrisy about women safety that questions the character of the woman first, and also the hidden form of racial and geographical discrimination an Indian faces in her own country. At one point in the film, Amitabh Bachchan remarks that so far we all have given our efforts in the wrong direction, we should save our boys, not our girls because if we save our boys then our girls will be safe.
The scene where Amitabh Bachchan turns up at the door of the three girls, ready to take up the case as a lawyer, saw the audience break into an applause in the hall.
Dhritiman Chatterjee is seen in the seat of the old and wise judge, listening patiently to both parties. At some point, we do get a feeling that probably the judge is moved by the plight of the girls, but he holds his forte, when he orders a very unbiased statement of the protagonist to be recorded.
The film beautifully brings out the sensitivity of the issue without trying to preach anything.The movie is a nice balance of tense and light hearted moments, steadily moving towards a somewhat predictable climax by second half. Towards the end, is an attempt to bring in an anticlimax as the lawyer played by Amitabh questions his own client to bring out that one fact he has based the case on. The ending is nice, and has a feel good factor to it after all the tension running through the movie. This is also one of the few movies in Indian cinema after ages, that has been able to keep the audience seated till the end of the credit rolling. Whether the audience is awestruck, are deeply moved to introspect, or are simply listening to the poetry narrated by Amitabh Bachchan in his characteristic baritone, is something we leave for you to perceive.
We would like to say that ‘Pink’ is a movie which is not to be missed this year and is a must watch. With brilliant performances, and on a very well written premise, we would give Pink a rating of 4 out of 5.