Pink (2016) review: A message long overdue to be told

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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:

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29 Comments

  1. Wasn’t the film over hyped? I mean i get that it was a great concept and everything but it did feel laxed particularly in the first part. Not impressed!

  2. I hope to see the film re-release. PVR, are you listening? We would love to watch it again on the big screen.

  3. “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.”

    yes…truly.

  4. Great effort by director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. I wish he makes more meaningful films like this. Good effort. Good acting. Good story.

  5. Awesome film. one of the best movies I saw last year… One performance of Mr Bachchan is enough to set aside all other actors of this generation. He does one good film every year and gets nominated as best actors against all youngsters today. they have no chance to compete alongside him. he’s the greatest actor that will ever be. more power to Mr bachchan. Fan for life! <3 <3

  6. it was a beautiful poem at the end of the movie when the credits started rolling…such beautiful words. and the fact that amitabh bachchan recited it added all the more charm to it. lovely!

  7. 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.

    I felt exactly the same. otherwise the film was a good attempt.

  8. Watchable only because it had Amitabh Bachchan, else too slow. But I’m glad he took up the role. If not anything, people would at least come to the theatre to watch it for him. and the message is great. More poeple need to watch it. Nice review Flickside!

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