We live in a country where men and women are two different sections of the society. While men can drink, women can’t. While men can laugh and goof around with women, women can’t do the same with men. While he can come home at any time in the night, she has restrictions. While he can wear anything he wants to, she just doesn’t have the freedom. In a way, I felt that Pink was no less than a horror film, dwelling deep into reality.
Directed by: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhry
Produced by: Rashmi Sharma, Shoojit Sircar
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Panna, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Dhritiman Chatterjee and Piyush Mishra
Production Company: Rashmi Sharma Telefilms Limited
Release date: 16th September, 2016
Genre: Thriller and drama
The movie has two parts, the first and second. While the first is a thriller, the second comes out as a court room drama. It starts on a very blank note. You don’t know what has happened, and you don’t find out what has really happened till the second half, which works perfectly for the movie. The direction by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhry is exemplary. The screenplay and script of the film, by Ritesh Shah are nothing extraordinary. You can listen to people talking and behaving like this in Delhi on a daily basis, but it still stands out. The story again is an everyday story, of solicitation and molestation, but it speaks volumes. The cinematography is also beautiful. Again, it is very ordinary, but so contributing. The entire movie has scenes in the house, at night or early in the morning. There is no sunshine. It is a very non light up movie, with a streak of sunshine in the end. In fact, it felt as if the cinematography is also a part of the story. As if, it, like Taapsee Pannu or Amitabh Bachchan, is a character.
Speaking of characters and actors, they are all marvelous. Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Piyush Mishra, Angad Bedi, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Vijay Verma and even the Haryanvi cop Mamta Shanker are the reasons why Pink is what it is. Meenal, Falak and Andrea, played by Taapsee, Kirti and Andrea are three roommates who fall in trouble after getting drunk on one night. Whether it was their mistake or no is for the court to decide. What I really loved about the three of them was that they were never one, never alone – the dynamics of their relationship is so strong, even after coming from different places, different upbringings.
But there is one thing that stands out in Pink and that is Amitabh Bachchan. He plays a creepy neighbor and an affirmative lawyer, Deepak Sehgal, merged into one. His creepy looks, tense expression throughout, sarcasm and that shrill and command in his voice prove that he will remain a legend, always. No matter how much we praise this man, it would be an understatement. There is a scene in which he interrogates the Haryanvi cop, and that just wins your heart!
Apart from this, there are various other scenes which just make your heart skip a beat. When Falak meets Vishwa played by Tushar Pandey, Vishwa reminds her that she is a girl and that she should say sorry and finish off the matter. Now whether this was done on purpose or just a mere coincidence, both Falak and Vishwa were wearing blue at that time. In another, when Mr Sehgal and Meenal are taking a walk and two guys comment upon her, she puts on her hoodie, but Mr Sehgal removes it. If this is not feminism, what is?
The movie does take a certain low in the second half, with repeated conversations and similar court drama but I am not complaining. When I saw the trailer, I thought Taapsee Pannu would stand out in a certain way, but Falak just stole my heart. Not that Meenal didn’t, but Falak is a different thing altogether. Her character shines the most amongst the three girls.
The movie not only touches the issue of gender inequality, but demographic inequality too. There is a very small scene, where Andrea says that women in Delhi are molested, but women who are from the North-east, women who look different are molested even more.
Pink is an everyday story. It is not something that doesn’t happen. It is very real. Something like this can happen to you tomorrow, when you wake up. It is a lot to do with aisi ladkiyan, waise ladke, with our patriarchal mindset, with how our country, even after being the largest democracy in the world, isn’t open to the idea of women being free. This is a very powerful film that you, under any cost, cannot miss!