Pink – Review :
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi.
Music: Shantanu Moitra, Faiza Mujahid, Anupam Roy.
Direction: Aniruddha Roy Chowdury.
Produced by Shoojit Sircar, the maker of Critically acclaimed, as well as commercially successful movies like Yahaan,Vicky Donor, Madras cafe and Piku – each of them belonging to different genres, and directed by Debutant Aniruddha Roy Chowdury who has made few critically acclaimed Bengali films, Pink garnered considerable attention, with the powerful trailer featuring Big B as a fiery advocate, and it’s theme of injustices done to women. So what’s the movie about?
Plot and Performances :
3 Independent girls Minal, Falak and Andrea, get involved in an ugly legal tussle With the rich, arrogant and powerful Rajveer, after the latter tries to molest Minal and gets injured badly by Minal in her attempt to protect herself. A retired lawyer Deepak Sehgal, also a neighbor of the girls, comes forward to take up the case and decides to fight for justice. Whether Deepak helped the girls win the legal battle is what Pink is all about.
Pink is powered and shouldered ably by the towering screen presence of One man – Amitabh Bachchan.The subdued emotions,the witty, subtle courtroom humor (Courtesy some good writing) and that powerful voice – a powerful show from Big B as Deepak Sehgal , that doesn’t let you notice the other artists despite their part in the proceedings. Tapsee Pannu, so far underutilized in Bollywood in movies like Chashme Baddoor (Baby was an exception,and yeah she’s got the opportunity to play the titular role in its prequel as well), does a fine act, as the distressed Minal, who becomes a victim of an unforeseen situation, and impresses with her petrified looks and perfectly conveyed emotions. Kirti Kulhari plays a vital supporting role to perfection. Andrea Tariang is adequate, while Angad Bedi looks every bit the spoilt brat.
Music and Technical Departments :
Shantanu Moitra – Faiza Mujahid – Anupam Roy’s background score perfectly complements the dark tone of Pink, and the Kaari Kaari number, that comes in parts twice in the movie is haunting. Abhik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography effectively captures the courtroom sequences. Slick editing by Bodhaditya Banerjee makes sure that, Pink, despite being limited to the courtroom for most part, maintains the pace and doesn’t drag.
Aniruddha Roy Chowdury has presented a gutsy movie, that questions the way the society brands, questions and treats Independent women out there to live their dreams and achieve their goals on their own. Through the roles of a neighbor, and the lawyer player by Prashanth Mishra who represents the spoilt brat Rajveer, he establishes the mindset of biased people, and the prejudices they hold against women who don’t match the qualities in their virtual “traditional” rulebook. With the Angry, powerful Amitabh as Deepak Sehgal out to seek justice, Aniruddha also sarcastically lays down the rules in the “Manual for women safety” – and slaps hard with unanswerable questions on what’s wrong with the society. The director, besides generalizing the issues the girls face, also touches on the way a girl from the north east is looked upon, with Andrea’s role and a short sequence in the movie. Despite the serious tone of the movie, and the screenplay restricted to the courtroom and the residential locality of the girls, Pink with a crisp runtime of 2 hours and 16 minutes, doesn’t lag at any point, and keeps you hooked, thanks to the riveting performances and the apt BGM. Ofcourse there are few shortcomings like the lack of detailing into the past of Amitabh and the track featuring his ailing wife, but Aniruddha deserves to be applauded not just for taking up the theme, but also for his ability to weave an engaging screenplay despite presenting the conflict point around which the whole movie revolves around,only during the end credits. All said, Pink is a good attempt at the right time that definitely deserves support for its strong theme, and the movie isn’t exactly about the battle between women and few monsters, it’s about the war they have to face constantly, thanks to the ideologies and narrow mindset that predominantly exists in our society. Pink puts forth few strong questions that shakes the reality – who or what decides what/what not a woman should do, and how much are we(and our notions) right enough to brand/shame them. Not just the powerful voice, but the thoughts Amitabh presents as Deepak Sehgal are sure to linger on your minds.
VERDICT: A strong take on the challenges the society forces on independent women. A must watch.