This week’s huge Hindi release, an Amitabh Bachchan starer Pink is a hard look on male privileges through the viewpoint of a traumatic incident that involves three young women. And CRB Tech Reviews brings you the overwhelm and excited review surrounding the movie.
Pink a powerful movie depicting the existing feudal mindset of a majority of India, where women and men are judged differently. What if the man happens to be from a powerful family? …… A skewed fight for justice!
Pink and its portrayal of a system complicit with the influential in harassing the innocent is something we would all have seen, heard of and can empathize with. What varies is the degree of harassment. Things get worse when a woman is at the receiving end.
The movie Pink focuses on the ordeal of three single girls, Meenal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kriti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tarang), whose fun-filled night out at a rock concert lead to a terrifying chain of events. Their frightful experience gets well sandwiched between the opening scenes and the final explicatory visuals of the closing scenes.
The first half is thrilling, taut and tense, leaving the audience biting nails out of concern for the girls’ safety as Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and his set of friends are planning to make life hell for the girls, owing to nixing his advances and resisting his molestation attempts.
Apparently, it could be a film about three women (the gender and happiness quotient of a Dil Chahta Hai ) but besides their fears, frustrations, anger, helplessness, and vulnerability, what we see is the attitude of most men towards the women. There are all types in their universe: from the loving, caring landlord who won’t ask them to leave despite threats from the nosy neighbor who suspects them of prostitution; an estranged boyfriend who says he can either be truthful or never helpful and the severely entitled, deeply patriarchal and feudal boys; a cop who wants to deter them from filing a complaint and the lawyer who goes to any extent, asks odd questions and seeks intimate matters, to humiliate them and save his clients. Even the biased Haryanvi woman cop is like a toy in the hands of the powerful men.
The film labels the men and makes use of the figure of Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan), a respectful patriarch who doubles up as the girls’ lawyer, to reach out as the voice of reason, with the judge (Dhritimaan Chatterjee) as an ally.
The clear message is : The girls are alright; it’s the boys who need to get their act together.
The three girls make for a believable portrayal of working women’s life in the Capital. The friendship between the trio is really effective because the three actors play very well against each other.
But there are some questioning to a lot of plot points, like the Mamta Shankar subplot was not required,then the North-East issue is a bit rapid and humiliating. The courtroom drama of the second half gets clumsy and is highly dramatic, with Piyush Mishra going over the top as the boys’ lawyer.
Pink is a relevant movie, in an age when there are many such cases in the news, where attempts of seeking justice by women are often equated with the vengeful lawsuit. And feminists are more often dismissed as ‘feminazis’.
It’s nice to have a film stating , even if a trifle facile, that an NO is an NO! And single working women are not a catch; friendly girls are not promiscuous ; a shared drink doesn’t make a woman available.
All should boil down to a woman’s choice and consent!
So go and watch Pink and let us know your opinion on the said in the comment section below.
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