Star Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Andrea Tariang, Kirti Kulhari, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Duration: 2 Hours 16 Minutes
Pink is a movie that compels every member of our society to think. This courtroom drama-thriller is hard-hitting and keeps you engaged. However, can you handle the truth?
The movie is about Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu) and her two roommates Falak Ali and Andrea (Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang), who get molested by a drunk and pig-headed guy Rajveer Singh (Angad Bedi). The crux of the story is how lawyer Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan), who suffers from bipolar disorder fights the case for these girls and brings them justice. A strong script and amazing performances put this film into a must-watch category.
However, I will present to you my reasons for why you shouldn’t watch this film. It’s not that I didn’t like the movie; I was hooked from the first frame to the last. But what the film really brings out is the flaws in our society, which is why many might take it with a pinch of salt.
Yes, Pink compels you to think, but we don’t like thinking. It questions the mindset of people who think girls who wear skirts with short hemlines deserve to be molested. It questions the mindset of people who think that girls who drink with their male friends are considered low on ethics and morals. It also tells you that a woman, no matter who she is, has the right to say no and then no. It’s the truth you don’t want to hear.
The movie questions society’s biases
We are born and brought up in a surrounding where men and women are judged and treated by a different yardstick. The seeds of gender discrimination have been planted in our head since our childhood. The movie makes a powerful statement on the feudal mindset of people living in India.
It points out the flaws of a patriarchal society
If the man who molested you happens to be from a powerful family, then fighting for justice becomes a distant hope. The court case will most likely stagnate for years. In the movie, Rajveer Singh (played by Angan Bedi) tries to molest Minal. He happens to be a famous politician’s nephew in Delhi. That being said, the three girls’ fight for justice had only just begun.
The police are puppets of the rich
For a girl to come out and speak about a trauma as abominable as molestation, is tough enough in itself. It doesn’t help if the police, with whom you should feel safest, suggest that you keep cases like this under wraps. When Minal finally decides to make a formal complaint, the cop intimates her that she should stay silent about it, else she will be entrapped in even greater problems. It is for reasons like this that the thousands of girls who get eve-teased and molested every day, choose to bury the trauma.
There are chances you might be bullied if you fight for justice
Don’t be surprised if you are a victim who finds yourself being bullied by the authorities because the brat who molested you has the police eating out of the palm of his hand, for Daddy knows the right strings to pull to keep his pig-headed son out of jail.
Even as the victim, the opposition lawyers will publicly tear your character to bits. In the film, the lawyer of the opposition tries to prove that Minal is a prostitute. You will be asked questions like: Are you a virgin? When did you lose your virginity? Who was the boy? Did he pay you for having sex with him? Did he force you or was it mutual? How many guys have you slept with? Do you charge to sleep with people? How much do you charge? They try to prove that you are women of questionable character. There is this moving statement that Amitabh Bachchan makes in the courtroom, “Humare yaha ghadhi ki sooyi ladki ka character decide karti hai.”
The rule book that defines a woman’s character
Rule no 1: If she is smiling and is friendly with a male that means she is dropping a hint.
Rule no 2: If she drinks with the guy, she is interested in him.
Rule no 3: If she’s had sexual relationships before, she won’t mind having one again.
Rule no 4: If she met you in a rock show or pub, she is ready to sleep with you.
Big B points out in the film, “Rock show mein milli toh ‘HAAN’ hai par agar mandir ya library mein milli hoti toh ‘NA’ hoti.”
Rule no 5: What a girl wears defines her character and intentions.
Rule no 6: Girls who belong from good families do not drink and party.
“Ache ghar ki ladkiyaan nahi peeti. Jo ladkiyaan aram se chal de aur sharab piye toh koi bhi ladka samjhega ki they are ready. Aisi ladkiyo ke sath aisa hi hota hai. Aisi ladkiyo ko ‘R**A’ bulaya jaata hai.” Rajveer ruthlessly says this in the film to Deepak, depicting the backward thinking of the people.
Men fail to understand that “NO” means “NO”
If a girl exchanged smiles with you and was friendly, doesn’t imply permission to get into her pants. Whether it’s a friend, a girlfriend, or a sex worker, a clear “NO” shouldn’t need clarification.
Being independent implies availability
Just because a woman lives independently, doesn’t mean she is willing to sleep with you. If a girl drinks, it’s a choice that she makes for herself. It doesn’t come with an “I AM AVAILABLE FOR YOU” sign board. It is this very mentality that impedes society’s progress.
Everyone knows the problem that persists. Shoojit Sircar tries to talk about an issue that most women deal with, and how people in society look at it.
This movie is poignant and powerfully provocative, but isn’t for the thick-brained audiences with blurred visions for a modern-day women.