It’s sad that an idea like Pink has taken this long to be told. A well-intentioned and a well-made drama, Pink takes you by the scruff of the neck, immerses you into our reality and shakes you up in the process. The film questions our mindsets more than our morals. Who defines what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s permissible, what’s not, what’s acceptable, what’s not?
We, as individuals, make up a society. Our collective mindsets and values define the society we live in. And Pink tells us everything that’s wrong with us. And men alone aren’t to be blamed. Women stand equally guilty. Treating our boys any different from our girls or measuring their values on different yardsticks, begins at home. If only we taught our sons to grow up to be real men, we wouldn’t need to tell our daughters how to live by the so called ‘rules’ of the society, that we ourselves have created and nurtured over generations.
Pink trails the story of three girls, one of who is charged with an ‘attempt to murder’ and put behind bars, after a late night out with friends. Is she guilty? Can she prove otherwise? What will it take? What’s her story? Will their be takers?
Every character justified his/her part – from Meenal (Tapsee Pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari), Andrea (Andrea Tariang) and Rajveer (Angad Bedi) to lawyers Prashant Mehra (Piyush Mishra) and Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan). Mr Bachchan delivers another standout performance. I don’t think the dialogues would’ve been half as effective if not for him.
Pink equally questions our laws, the caretakers of these laws and the people-in-power who misuse their authorities to their advantage. Here’s a little spoiler I wanted to call out. Why wasn’t the female police officer who fudged/backdated an FIR called to punishment for the same? Or, did I miss something? (There’s a 7-year jail term for filing a wrong FIR by a police officer).
My only grouse otherwise, with the film was that the first half half moved a little slow and takes longer to get to the point.
But the effort that went into putting this film together is laudable. Pink is an important film that needs to be seen, if I haven’t hammered it enough. Do not miss it!
There was no better way to capture the essence of Pink than the poem by Tanvi Ghazi, recited by Amitabh Bachchan at the end of the film.
Here’s an audio for those who’d like to re-listen: