Colour me Pink!
A film like Pink comes along once in a while. It has the power to change the way people think. Very often, as spectators, we try to rationalize a crime by believing the smokescreen created by spin doctors, falsely believing the victim somehow brought the misfortune on herself. It gives us the false comfort that law and order will keep us safe until we deliberately invite trouble. Pink systematically demolishes the feudal mindset that is prevalent in many parts of the country, especially in northern India. A man is even forgiven rape as a mistake while being an independent woman is equated with loose morals.
Pink is aptly set in Delhi which has a diverse population and where liberal modern values often clash with regressive mentality, often with disastrous consequences. The capital is growing rapidly, bringing together populations that were previously separated by physical distance. The heady mix of money and power along with a conservative mindset has made Delhi and many other cities unsafe for women.
The film sucks the viewer in right from the first frame. Something has happened between three girls and three boys. One of the boys is badly hurt needing stitches. The girls are scared hoping to push the incident behind them. Only they can’t. The massive male ego of the boys can’t take no for an answer, they want to destroy the girls’ lives for the “disrespect”. Any girl in India could be one of the girls in Pink. Never mind if they are educated, professional independent women, they are supposed to be subservient to the men.
Help comes in the form of an angry old retired lawyer, Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) who has a fair idea of the girls’ predicament as he is their neighbour. In the ensuing court drama, the film raises and shatters the many beliefs that many men have ingrained in them. And it does so without resorting to preaching. Amitabh proves as compelling as an angry old man as he used to be as an angry young man many decades back. However, in an effort to show his character as distracted and confused, he keeps his voice subdued. Amitabh without his baritone has only half the impact. The full impact of his performance is felt once he uses his voice to the maximum effect.
Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang as the three victims are superbly cast. They are vulnerable, yet strong and courageous enough to not give up the fight. Angad Bedi as the main antagonist Rajveer Singh and Raashul Tandon and Tushar Pandey as his friends Dumpy and Vishwa respectively have performed well. Angad looks very much like a Delhi lad you would find in clubs and parties. Piyush Mishra as the prosecution lawyer and Dhritiman Chatterjee as the judge are competent.
Screenplay by Ritesh Shah is an important factor in keeping the film tight. Last but not the least, credit goes to the director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury for presenting a rather ordinary story with such force that you are bound to sit up and notice. This film is not to be missed.
Rating : 4/5
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Raashul Tandon, Tushar Pandey, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Piyush Mishra
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury