Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Producer: Shoojit Sircar
Main Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi
Before the film starts, you stand up for the National Anthem. At the end you want to stand up to applaud. However, don't stand up to exit the theatre. Settle back in your seats. During the credits roll, the scenes continue and it is followed by Amitabh Bachchan's recitation of a poem encapsulating the theme of the film. Don't miss it!
[Image of film poster taken by author outside theatre]
OverviewThe outstanding aspect of the film is the writing. Take a bow Ritesh Shah. It is the writing that gives character to the subject, which is stereotyping of women. Hence, the title, Pink, the colour always associated with girls. The film's editor Bodhaditya Banerjee also deserves a mention for keeping it flowing.
Pink's subject plays out through three gal pals living in Delhi. They are in the words of one of these friends, "just ordinary, working women". Yet, how traumatic their lives can turn on the whims of men is unspooled in all its brutal glory. The judgmental tone of the sundry public and the justice system is a scathing commentary on the double standards of society. Kudos to the director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury for keeping the treatment of the scenes at even keel despite at times the drama baazi of the dialogues.
So here are the top 3 reasons to see the film Pink: Dialogue and Screenplay writing, Acting, Depiction of stereotypes in a hard-hitting manner.
Unlike the media critics who generally just reveal the story rather than actually critique it, this is a first-hand review after watching the film in the theatre. While I've kept the main incident under wraps so as not to spoil the pleasure of watching the film, I've revealed a few scenes to bring out the excellent characterization of the people in it.
The cast and the characterization Of the cast, the ones who really stand out are Kirti Kulhari, playing the character of Falak Ali, and Taapsee Pannu, in the role of Meenal Arora. Their character graphs are wonderfully etched and even when push comes to shove, their vulnerability is starkly depicted. Initially Meenal is shown as the tough one, the one who decides there is no point in mulling over & discussing an incident that is over and done with. Falak is shown as the one worried about the repurcussions. The role is reversed when Falak, willing to apologize to the guy who is attacked (Angad Bedi playing the role of Rajvir Singh) so as to close the chapter, gets enraged because of the names he calls Meenal. She lashes back at Rajvir and hangs up the phone on him, apology not given. She is the one who takes upon the tough task of getting Meenal out from the prison environment, the same Meenal who is now a wreck, post an aggressive kidnapping and molestation by Rajvir's friends. The change in their attitude towards the happenings that pan out are beautifully etched out by the performances.
Both Kirti Kulhari and Taapsee Pannu deliver command performances in the courtroom sequences too. In comparison, Andrea Tarlang could not quite capture the arc of her character, which underlines the stereotypes people from the North East face when they migrate to other cities in India. Vinod Nagpal playing against the usual typecast role as the landlord Kasturilal deserves special mention.
The traumatic life of the three girls is depicted very well. Girls living alone, one having a home in the same city but still staying independently so as not to let her late night job schedules disturb her parent's life, going to parties to just chill out & having a peg or two, dressing in clothes which are comfortable for them– they are just doing things that normal girls do. As in one scene Falak says "We are just ordinary, working women". But no, they get typically stereotyped as loose women, returning home at all odd hours.
On the screen is etched how a character of a girl gets trashed due to her odd schedules, her partying, her clothes and even simply her smile, but the same things by a boy are not at all questionable. It is not just the boys in the case with the stereotyped mind set, but also the office colleagues, the police personnel and the neighbourhood people. The one person who believes in the girls' characters, other than their lawyer Sehgal, is their landlord. Thankfully, he is not shown in the clichéd role of the landlord who caves in to bullying and threats and evicts the girls from the house which he has given to them on rent. He believes in them, supports them.
The unfairness of the stereotypes is brought out well in the court room. Amitabh Bachchan as the lawyer Deepak Sehgal who defends the girls is good, as always, but not something really spectacular, with the facial expressions having the same familiar looks as in earlier roles. It was also difficult to understand his diction in the hospital scenes, where the words are an inaudible mumble.
Angad Bedi playing rich brat Rajvir Singh looks promising and it is hoped he will not get typecast as the villain! Tushar Pandey was also good as the friend Vishwa caught between his buddies and his gal friend.
What does not work in the film Given the theme of the film, the lead character Deepak Sehgal's behaviour, which is staring at Meenal when she takes a morning jog and standing outside their house looking up at their window, seemed off kilter as did his black mask. If they were meant as metaphors - protecting women needs vigilance and nature is unpolluted unlike the spaces which humans populate - they were heavy-handed.
The cliche of Sehgal's dying wife was avoidable as it was totally out of place in this film and not really required.
Also avoidable was the screen going blank and black. Maybe it is cinematic technique to have fade-in, fade-out shots, but somehow it did seem unnecessary.
However, these are minor blips in a really gripping film.
Do not miss Pink.
It will give you the blues.
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
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I have watched this movie and I felt this is the best movie I have seen recently. So many subject based movies get released but somehow they don't make a great impact. This movie left me speechless. So many issues we face on day to day basis...and people do judge us without even thinking for a second. I'm a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan and I have watched all movies of his. He gives such a power packed performance. Tapsee also gave a superb performance.
Yesterday (On 24.9.2016) I watched the film. No doubt the film is directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury in an intelligent manner and it conveys a message about working girls, may be about all girls of 21st century. But the story line is weak. What is the relationship of wife of Deepak Sehgal (the lawyer played by Amitabh Bachhan) with the entire event? The dialogue delivery of Amitabh Bachhan has been far from satisfactory. How do we place Professor Javed (?) in the entire episode? The director has not done justice to the powerful actor Dhritiman Chatterjee, playing the role of the Judge. However, I am impressed by the acting of Piyush Mishra (the lawyer of the boys). Sometime his acting has been far better than Amitabh Bachhan. Some other smaller characters (as for example, the Police Officer who refused to file FIR against the boys) have played their roles realistically.
Then the judgement delivered at the end of the film is laughable. The Judge pronounced 'Not Guilty' verdict to the girls and in the same judgement pronounced the boys 'Guilty'. This does not happen in real life. In real life, a Judge would have directed the Government/Police to file a new case on those boys.
Although the film has successfully conveyed a relevant message, I am not impressed by the film. However, the same is not true about this article. The author has cogently presented the review.
In terms of stereotypes, the film Pink does bring it out well. Pink is the colour associated with girls, right from that first gift set we give the mother of a baby girl when she is born, the dolls given with pink dresses, the wall paint selected for a girl’s room....and so on and so forth.
Then comes the narrow-minded views when the baby girl is now all grown up and ready to spread her wings, be financially independent and live away from the parental nest. The parents are only interested on her getting settled, the word 'settled' meaning only one thing - marriage.
Then there is the job. Returning from work late at night is looked down upon by many, including family members, but only if it is a girl doing such a job.
Same with going out for a late night movie or a party with friends. It is Ok for a boy to do so, not for a girl. She is considered a "loose" character if she does so.