Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Pink is a powerful statement on the existing feudal mindset of a majority of India, where men and women are judged by different yardsticks. And if the man happens to be from a powerful family, then the fight for justice is even more skewed. Minal (Taapsee Pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang), three middle-class, working girls, are out for a regular night of fun in Delhi. Post a rock concert, they accept a dinner invitation from Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and two others to a resort in Surajkund. But the evening takes an ugly turn when Minal hurts Rajveer, seemingly in self-defence when he forces himself on her.
The girls return to their home, hoping that the incident will fade away. But their lives are turned into a nightmare by the men who are hell-bent on intimidating them. Ultimately, Rajveer uses his connections to file an FIR against the girls, labelling them as prostitutes.
Taapsee Pannu (L), Amiabh Bachchan (Sitting), Andrea Tariang (Second right), Kirti Kulhari (R) (Image: Facebook)
When defense lawyer Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) represents the girls in court, the film takes a dramatic turn. At first, Sehgal is reluctant to take up the case, as he suffers from a bipolar disorder. This twist adds both humour and tension to the way the drama unfolds. The courtroom sequence is inspired by the 1988 Hollywood drama The Accused, especially the bit where Minal is asked scathing questions about her ‘morality’ and ‘sexual habits’.
Pink questions a society’s mindset, quick to label women as ‘fast and loose’. The film also takes pains to spell out that a woman can be your girlfriend, a sex worker or even your wife, but if she does not consent, no man has the right to force himself on her.
The performances in Pink are pitch perfect, with Bachchan and Pannu leading the way. Creative producer Shoojit Sircar makes another valuable addition to his repertoire. Pink is a dramatic suckerpunch and well worth a visit to the movies.