Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Amitabh Bachchan, Kirti Kulhari, Andera Tariang, Piyush Mishra, Angad Bedi
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
One of the reasons I am highly interested in realistic and off-beat cinema is they are rich in content and focused on the core storyline; no bullshit, devoid of glamour and absence of melodrama. These are the films which make a real contribution to cinema.
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury directorial Pink is a fine storytelling of a modern day society and our behaviour and attitude towards women. Of course, this is not the first time such topic has been raised; yet Pink stands tall with its script and other cinematic aspects.
Three friends, Minal, Falak and Andrea, stay together in an apartment in Delhi. One night, they go to a resort for a party with some guys whom they barely know. Things go out of hand and Rajveer (one of the guys, who is also a son of a political leader) try to molest Minal. Minal resists and hits Rajveer with a bottle and they escape.
Now, these guys are looking for revenge and out of that thought, abduction, molestation and forcefulness happen. Both lodge FIR and then politics and police crookedness create a chaos. This is a story of these women and what happens to them in the court of justice.
The title Pink is perfect for the film. Not once, it’s used in the movie but it has an exact theme to justify. Written by Ritesh Shah, Pink’s script is masterful. It has a depth, ample length and covers meaningful aspects of today’s independent women. Well, the story doesn’t stop at any point; it’s spontaneous and instinctive. The three women characters are very well written. Another brilliance of the script is the court proceeding. It’s unpredictable who’s going to have an upper edge in the trial and interesting turn of events and cross examinations keep the nerves flowing.
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Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury has done a commendable direction. The film directly begins with the after effects of the incident and then it never returns to that point. No attempt is made to tell the audience what exactly happened (until very later) and no introduction to the characters and who is the creepy guy staring at these women. But that’s the beauty of his direction; it makes the film utterly interesting and full of mystery.
Through the conversations, we get to know the traits of Minal, Falak and Andrea. Minal’s character development was a key to the film. Aniruddha smoothly displays her as fearless and brave girl. He also kept the film fast paced throughout. The court proceedings were power punch for the story. First look at the session court and you know the director knows what he is doing. The set up was realistic. The small hall, dull atmosphere and those ultra-fast questions and counter questions from both the lawyers don’t let you settle.
The storytelling narrates how we as a society judge women, if they are bold and independent. If anything related to rape or molestation happens, woman has to be afraid and ashamed of, which is wrong. Those outbursts in the courtroom were powerful.
When Amitabh Bachchan acts on the screen, you listen in amazement. It has become a cliché to say that Amitabh is one of the greatest actors of all time but everytime you see him on screen, you are happy to say that statement over and over again. His initial creepy look and then fighting the case for the women made this film a memorable affair. That heavy voice, sharp dialogue delivery with an intense look on his face worked wonderfully. Amitabh reminds us how an honest performance can win the movie. I loved the scene where he provokes Rajveer and then exposes him. What command he has over his acting!
Taapsee Pannu is a refreshing face of Bollywood. First Baby and now a big role in Pink, she delivers it genuinely. She perfectly enacts the role of a brave girl who is helpless before the judgement of society. Her beauty complements her performance. That scene where she says,”Phir se karega to phir se marungi”, was epic. Kirti Kulhari was impressive as Falak. She looked convincing as a friend and her support for Minal and Andrea was good. Piyush Mishra was as usual great and he surely talks fast to confuse the hell out of the defendants.
Pink is an important film to make us understand the dynamics of a modern day women. It teaches us how to evolve from our narrow mind-set. Thoughtful direction, brilliant story and mind blowing performances make Pink a top-notch film. It is one of the best films of 2016 in Bollywood.
Note: Please do not leave the theater when the end credits roll, that’s when the crucial revelation of Pink happens.