Before I delve in deeper into the context of the movie and get lost in it, I’d like to salute Amitabh Bachchan for giving another ground-breaking performance. I don’t have words to praise his performance and anything I say will fall short.
So, Pink is probably the most contemporary movie in Hindi cinema. The Indian society is very much influenced by the Hindi cinema and you can sugar-coat it as much as you want, but it is. Every boy, in every nook and corner of a city grows up to be a Shah Rukh or a Salman. Sorry, they want to be the character they play within a span of 2 hours. If they, not they, we boys would try to be the man off-screen it would have brought a radical change in our society. Since that is tough, we went for the character where the character would first stalk, then force and for some reason the girl would be pressurised enough to get married and THE END. That sounds rough, right? Unfortunately that is the plot of every Bollywood movie ever made during the 80’s and the 90’s. Cut to 2016, and we get movies like Aligarh and Udta Punjab and Piku and Pink. Boldly, unabashedly and straightforwardly asking us, what all we consider “sanskar”, is it right? Is it fair? Is it unbiased? The answer is NO, and no means no.
DIRECTION – Annirudha Roy Chowdhury knocks it out of the park, with his Bollywood debut. He is well known for Antaheen and Aparajita Tumi. I am a huge fan of Antaheen and even though I didn’t like Buno Hansh, I loved the style with which he went in order to bring a short story onto the big screen. For this court-room drama, he pushes each character to their breaking point. The back-story of the ailing wife of Amitabh’s wife felt a bit forced. I mean, there was already so much emotion running through the movie, that that felt unnecessary. I am not sure whether the cross questioning of the doctor, waiter and manager was cut for time, because Amitabh’s Deepak Saigal had come back to cross-question every other character he had passed on. It can be over-looked as nit-picking. Other than these two gripes, the movie was very engrossing. The focus was always on the girls and how they were coping with the lingering stares and the questioning eyes. It was hard at times and I had to remind myself that I am watching a movie, because in the back of my mind I knew that this is a reflection of the reality many girls face on a daily basis.
CINEMATOGRAPHY – The use of pale, bland colours showed the bleak and depressing situation we were being shown. The court room scenes were shot extremely well, especially during the questioning scenes. The frequent to-and-fro between the lawyer and the one on the podium, increased the intensity of each question. There weren’t many outdoor scenes but all those that were had a very claustrophobic feeling to it. It showed how cornered someone can feel in a huge city. Finally, this shot is probably the best shot of the movie. It’s just awesome.
ACTING – Hats off to Tapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang. It felt like they gave in everything to their performance. The moments when they were silent were more haunting than when they just burst out of pure anger and frustration. I was a fan of Tapsee since her Chasmee Badoor days but she came out of the stereotype of an Indian actress and that too so brilliantly. I feel as I’m a guy of this generation, I am not qualified enough to understand every emotion of a woman that these girls portrayed but I can say that their performance added another perspective to the idea of a 21st century woman. I am not really sure whether that was the best description. Piyush Mishra, in comparison to Amitabh Bachchan felt one-dimensional. He wasn’t as menacing and well created as Deepak Sehgal. Like I said in the beginning, whatever I say about Amitabh Ji’s performance, it will fall short. So I add in another salute to the mammoth of an actor, Amitabh Bachchan. As I am a comic-book fan, I personally think that in a future “Batman Beyond” movie, this man would be a perfect as the old Bruce Wayne.
FINAL VERDICT – This is a late review. I was actually emotionally preparing myself to watch this movie because I was deeply moved by the trailers and I needed to get to that point when I knew I was ready. Still, I wasn’t. It took a lot to hold back tears because I hear about such cases in the paper and on the internet and probably give it a quick read, and now I feel so bad and guilty. Because, each of those stories have a situation just like this. A change is coming. Political VIP treatment is ending. The mirror is being held in front of us and however ugly we look, we need to look straight at ourselves, accept it and make necessary changes. More movies like this, should be made so that the impact of Bollywood can be used in the correct manner.