Gone are the times when women were just the kitchen keepers or the house keepers, rearing children, cooking meals for the large joint family, tailoring or knitting clothes or doing every possible chore within the four walls of the house. The modern Indian woman, tearing all the shabby curtains of the stereotypes, moves out of the narrow lanes of this patriarchal society and fights with your misogynistic mentalities. They are found in all fields and they are distinguishing themselves in those fields. But for a modern woman, it is important to be supported and that there is equality in every aspect and that it’s not two halves that make a whole- its two wholes that make a whole.
But, sir, this modern woman intimidates you, doesn’t she? That’s why you make the atmosphere around her so unsafe so that she hesitates in her every step. From inside the womb, till her death, she is at risk. You kill her before she even takes birth. If she takes birth by chance then you molest her, harass her, abuse her, torture her and then abandon her. Mind you, they have the same thoughts, desires and dreams as yours. For, you forget they too are humans, they feel the same pain that you feel.
And when she says, “No”. It doesn’t mean yes or maybe. It means never, nada or not wanted. N O. A simple word which people fail to understand. And when this word is uttered against your will, you lose your mind and commit a sin which you consider a mistake after you are punished. Well, how smart is that!
What is wrong if she is refusing you? What’s wrong if she doesn’t want to fulfill your ‘needs’? What’s wrong if she is not comfortable with you? I tell you what’s wrong – it’s your ego, sir, which fails to bow down in front of a woman.
Pink, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, is a powerfully intense, and a hard-hitting court room drama that painfully explores the mentality of the society we live in. Although, the movie’s name is derived from the said ‘women’s color’, but the movie is an appropriate slap on the age old mindset of the society regarding the female species.
The story revolves around three girls-Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang). They are staying together as tenants in a posh South Delhi locality and are normal working professionals in their respective fields. One night, after a rock concert they accept a dinner invitation from Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and two others to a resort in Surajkund, Faridabad district, Haryana. Rajveer and his friends get drunk and try to molest Minal Arora and her two roommates. Andrea is touched inappropriately by Dumpy (Raashul Tandon). Minal picks up a bottle and smashes it on Rajveer’s eye, leaving him bleeding despite she said NO to him. Rajveer lodges a wrong FIR against the girls labelling them prostitutes, using his powerful connections. Minal is charged for ‘Attempt to murder’, where she could face imprisonment for more than 10 years, if convicted.
Deepak Sehgall (Amitabh Bachchan) is a lawyer who is suffering from bipolar disorder. He experiences frequent mood swings. He represents the girls in the court. The film revolves around how Deepak fights the girls’ case against these influential boys.
During the trails, Deepak clearly asks the girls if they were virgins. Experiencing this in a Bollywood film in a completely serious and relevant manner, without any cheesy expressions is something utterly extravagant. This movie clearly shows how a woman’s freedom is restricted by her sexuality.
The leading trio’s perfect chemistry is the foundation of this film and so their outward behavior. They actually come across as real-life friends and real-life middle-class working women living in South Delhi.
Well, what should I say about Amitabh Bachchan? He never gives up when it comes to impressing the audience. His ‘Don’t stop at nothing’ attitude makes him what he is today, the star of the millennium. In the movie, he shines with his unemotional yet powerful performance. His well-modulated baritone just enhances his performance.
The dialogues of this movie act like the cherry on the cake. They are more like tabooed statements in today’s world. Some of them are:
1) ‘Kal ko baat badegi to badnaami toh tum ladkiyon ki hi hogi’
2) ‘Humare yahaan ghadi ki sui insaan ka character decide karti hai’
3) ‘Achhe ghar ki ladkiyaan sharab nahi peeti’
All in all, Pink ideally portrays the importance of women empowerment. As it is lead by the splendid Big B’s magnificently mesmerizing and completely top notch performance, it becomes a must watch.
Our rating – 4/5
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