Pink Review: A Film That Seems To Be Issued In Public Interest

Posted on 19 September, 2016 by Team Wishberry

Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Pink is one film that the Indian masses desperately need to watch. The plot revolves around a woman’s basic right to choose.

Pink is a compelling story of three single girls, Meenal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kriti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang), whose after party bash leads to a terrifying chain of events.

The film’s first half is as tense as a tightly packed thriller should be. We’re given no backstory or explanation in what happened or what is going on. All we know is that something terrible has happened, and the girls are struggling to bring their lives back to normal ever since. All this, while being harassed by Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and his entitled friends. Further adding to their misery are the awkward, creepy stares from their neighbours, including the mysterious Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan).

Pink is stylish and has an impressive first half. The screenplay (deftly written by Ritesh Shah) instantly makes you start uncomfortably twitching and squirming in your seat. You’re almost there, with the girls, experiencing their frustration and vulnerability. However, the film suffers in the second half with its over the top dramatic court proceedings; nevertheless it is outstanding for the content.

A woman shouldn't drink

A woman shouldn't laugh

A woman shouldn’t touch a boy 

A woman's no doesn’t mean no

Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and creative producer Shoojit Sircar articulately debunk this long-debated stigma and establish that no, is no – even if it is coming from a drunk woman, your girlfriend, your wife or a prostitute you just hired.

The film is precise on its smart cinematography, background score and locations. But what truly takes the cake is the acting. Kriti Kulhari’s breakdown, Andrea’s panic driven fear and Taapsee’s gutsy aura - the three actresses have delivered an impactful and utterly believable performance.

However, no actor in Indian cinema compares to the cinematic brilliance of Amitabh Bachchan. The veteran star is electric. His flawlessly pitched dialogue delivery silences even the thoughts running in your brain. He is absorbing even when he’s merely pacing across the jogger’s park, staring down the girls and breathing heavily with an anti-smoke mask on.

Pink is a relevant film, which demystifies numerous beliefs that society seems to be hell bent on clinging to. Single working women who live in the cities are not up for prostitution. Buying a woman a drink doesn’t give you a free pass to get it on with her. And, consent for any sexual experience is essential, even if the experience has been paid for.

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