written by Souranath Banerjee
Powerful message in Bollywood style, and yet very entertaining!
My Ratings: 4/5.
‘Perfect film for our society boss, aise film aur banne chahiye yaar’ – these were the exact words of a man sitting in front of me in the cinema hall right after the end titles of the film Pink.
According to an Indian Express Article dated at the beginning of this year, the number of rape and molestation cases in India were recently at it’s peak. Unfortunately it’s a known fact.
Inspite of maximum cases not being reported, in Delhi alone last year (2015) there were six cases of rape and 15 cases of molestation registered every day!
Indian filmmakers have been tackling such grave and challenging social issues for a long time now; portraying them in a sensible manner and creating awareness through films like Ankush (1986), Insaf Ka Tarazu (1980), Damini (1993), Dahan (1998), Bawandar (2000), Grahan (2001) and more.
But then, coming back to the latest release Pink, this movie has somehow managed to sum up all the significant problems of our current Indian society and put them raw on a platter. And furthermore the film also succeeds in reminding us that the solution to these problems are very much within us (basically our mind-set) and can be countered only if we realise and act on it.
The story-line doesn’t seem too complicated at the first glance – three independent working-girls Minal, Falak and Andrea (Tapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang) get mixed up in a brawl with a group of rich influential guys (Angad Bedi, Vijay Varma, Raashul Tandon and Tushar Pandey) who had the intention to sexually harass them. The girls did protest but can they eventually fight back against the corruption and the feudal mentality of our current male-dominated society?
Who will help these girls win their battle for justice? (Hint: an actor named Amitabh Bachchan)
Superb performances by Mr.Bachchan as the cranky lawyer Deepak Sehgal wearing his spooky mask and all, probably one of his best roles in the recent times!
Tapsee Pannu and Kriti Kulhari have also displayed such amazing acting capabilities, subtle yet so natural!
Then of course we have Piyush Mishra as the challenging lawyer
against Amitabh Bachchan in the dramatic court scenes, always a delight to watch him perform!
But according to me the true success of Pink is not because of the film’s overall brilliance in the acting department; the real heroes are the writer Ritesh Shah and of course the director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury who has managed to balance such a sensitive topic so well.
A few unnecessary dramatisations and distractions here and there, but overall pink is a film that connects to the audience and shoots it’s message across from a point blank range.
Go watch it.
Poster courtesy: www.bollywoodmdb.com.