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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 07:40 PM

PINK: Nailing a message to all men

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‘NO means NO’

 Taapsee Pannu, Andrea Tariang and Kirti Kulhari —three girls staying as tenants in South Delhi locality work as normal professionals in their respective fields. One night, they receive an invitation for dinner post a rock concert from Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and two others to a resort in Surajkund, Haryana. The boys get drunk and molest the girls and out of them, Andrea is touched inappropriately by Dumpy (Raashul Tandon).


A fight takes place, with Minal (Tapsee Pannu) ending up by smashing a bottle on Rajveer’s eye. Revengeful Rajveer lodges a wrong FIR against the girls labeling them prostitutes, using his powerful connections. Then comes to picture Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan), a lawyer who takes charge of the girls. But despite suffering from bipolar disorder, how Deepak fights the girls’ case against these influential boys forms the crux of the story.

Pink is about how India perceives its women. “Pink” is a good entertainer with a brilliant message to the society and it is a perfect movie for the current scenario in the country. It is the need of the hour, mirroring the patriarchal double standard which engulfs our society. The film’s director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, who happens to be a big name in Bengali cinema makes his Bollywood debut with PINK as a master storyteller. While he uses the first half to just set up the film, it’s actually the gripping second half that helps the film in reaching its crescendo. The manner in which Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury has extracted realistic performances from the film’s actors is definitely laudable. Despite the film being rich in content, the film does carry a grim feel due to its subject matter.

PINK is embellished with bravura performances and it is undoubtedly and undisputedly the towering Amitabh Bachchan who steals the show. Even though this is not the first time that Amitabh Bachchan has played the role of an advocate, he manages to bring something different to the table in PINK. It won’t be wrong to say that, with PINK, Amitabh Bachchan has not just delivered an immensely memorable performance, but also one of his career best performances. Trailing an extreme close second is Taapsee Pannu, who manages to ‘earn her place under the sun’ with her sincere portrayal of Meenal. Taapsee Pannu will surely be a serious contender for all the awards this year.

Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra (Rajvir’s lawyer / prosecutor), Dhritiman Chatterjee (Judge) and other supporting cast members excel in the act in the very pragmatic film on sensitive issues. Pink is a powerful film that may well hammer in the message once and for all – a girl’s clothing or mannerisms, or her habits such as drinking are in no way an indicator that she is available! More importantly, when she says NO, it means a definite NO. Do not attempt to touch her without consent, even if she is your wife or girlfriend or even a sex worker. This film should be watched by men for sure. Do not miss the entire courtroom drama, especially when Amitabh Bachchan grills Taapsee Pannu and Angad Bedi and also when Kirti Kulhari breaks down in the courtroom.



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