‘Pink’ movie review: True portrayal of modern day woman’s challenges
Pink Film Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra, Dhritiman Chatterjee
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Girls who drink and smoke, strut around in mini dresses and indulge in premarital sex without a care are not considered children from a good family. Yes, the argument remains very much in point even in the 21st century. A woman is always under the red eye scanner for indulging in these activities and is always questioned about her character.
Well, this is what is Pink all about. Pink addresses the mindset of our society about a good girl from a good family by depicting the life of three working girls staying in an uber cool metro city like New Delhi. The three women put together in a south Delhi flat – Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea Tariang (Andrea).
As a normal working girl does during her weekend, the three girls went for a rock concert and that is when the tale of bad twist of events follow them. On that fateful night, after the rock concert, the three women head to the outskirts of Delhi, at a resort in Surajkund to dine with three of their male friends- Vishwa (Tushar Pandey) and his friends Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and Dumpy (Raashul Tandon).
After the dinner, Rajveer tries to molest Minal in a drunken state and Dumpy tries to touch Andrea in an inappropriate manner, who hails from the north-eastern part of India. In a mode of self defense, Minal hits Rajveer with a glass bottle that hits him above the eye and leaves him injured. With a bruised ego, the three men set out to take a revenge on the girls, and the series of events drag them to the courtroom with an attempt to murder charge filed against Minal by Rajveer. A retired lawyer Deepak Sehgal, played by Amitabh Bachchan, who also happens to be Minal’s neighbour to fights the case in Minal’s defence. What follows next is a brilliantly depicted courtroom drama emoted beautifully by the talented actors.
Tapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan are the biggest catch of the movie as they emote every scene with power-packed performance. Angad Bedi justifies his role well with fluent English and decent clothing, like any other guy from a rich Delhi house be. He does not forget to give that Delhi touch to his performances by omitting the sentence, Janta nahi main kaun hun (You don’t know who I am), like many other Delhiites does when they are in trouble. Tushar Pandey and Raashul Tandon also does a fair justice to their roles, given that their screen time was very limited.
Dhritiman Chatterjee nails his part as a judge by his dramatic facial expressions while witnessing the cross questioning sessions at the court by the lawyers. Although the courtroom proceedings in Pink is inspired by the 1988 Hollywood flick The Accused, Aniruddha beautifully captures the minute details and does not make that part of the film a ripoff.
With an impeccable story plot that is very much necessary in the 21st century, Pink flows effortlessly and makes it a must watch this weekend. Also, for all the women out there, do not give it a miss!