PINK – Hindi movie review

Are liberated women characterless?

  


By Paresh B. Mehta

Genre: Thriller   Recommended: General Audience   Released: 16 September 2016
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang
Directed by: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury

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Can’t a working girl have a drink and dinner with her friends? What about those girls who stay independently, have a career and once in a while indulge in partying with their friends?

Surely, there is a drift towards the thinking of society towards independent minded girls. It is evident in the metros. Yet, a section of the feudal society still labels them as ‘characterless girls’.

Shoojit Sircar’s PINK, a social thriller film depicts the story of three girls who share an apartment in Delhi. They are career minded professionals, the modern age females.

National Award winning director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury narrates the story of three Delhi-based girls, and a yesteryear’s’ big league lawyer, and how their paths cross. The film also explores the dubious morals of today’s times.

Amitabh Bachchan with Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Taring as the 21st Century women, alongwith Angad Bedi, the film is sure to create ripples in the age old mindset of Indians.

Deepak Sehgall (Amitabh Bachchan) is a retired lawyer residing in Delhi, suffering from bipolar disorder who experiences frequent mood swings, while he also has to take care of his ailing wife (Mamata Shankar).

It begins with Deepak Sehgall who is particular about the pollution in Delhi on his morning jaunt at a part in Delhi where he comes across Minal Arora (Tapsee Pannu) who comes to the same park for her morning jogs.

Minal shares the flat with Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) together as tenants in a posh South Delhi locality and are normal working professionals in their respective fields. While Deepak staying across the road, discovers these girls reside in a flat overlooking his window, which probably prompts his natural instincts to keep a curious vigil over these single girls residing all by themselves.

One night, after a rock concert these girls went in a group with a common friend for dinner at a restaurant in a distant resort in the outskirts of the city with Rajveer (Angad Bedi), who is the nephew of a powerful politician from South Delhi, and two others to a resort in Surajkund, Faridabad district, Haryana.

Rajveer is known to Minal through a common friend. Rajveer and his friends get drunk, and so do Minal and her friends.

Finding the opportunity, the three men separate the three girls from each other. Rajveer gets close and and tries to molest Minal (Taapsee Pannu) and her two roommates, despite they saying NO to them. Minal picks up a bottle and smashes it on Rajveer’s eye, leaving him bleeding.

Trouble begins for the girls from the next day onwards when this politicaly connected boy and his friends try to vacate the girls from their houses and threaten them over the phone.

The girls approach the police with the intention to file an FIR against Rajveer and his friends, which backfires on them as the lady police officer on duty does not register the complaint.

They are shocked to learn that a false FIR is lodged against them and Minal is arrested by the police under the charge of attempt to murder the Politician’s nephew. They are stranded. Deepak Sehgall guides them through to obtain bail for the innocent girl, and then begins a series of hearings in the Court of Law where the girls are often labelled as characterless and even to the extent of blaming them for soliciting.

The aged retired lawyer Deepak takes it upon himself to represent the girls in the court where the rest of the film revolves around how Deepak fights the girls’ case against these influential boys.

PINK begins well with a crisp narration of the events taking place post the unfortunate incident, and it slackens a bit in the second half with the director ofetn establishing the problems of the aged lawyer facing his own bipolar disorder issue and looking after his ailing wife in the hospital.

Taapsee Pannu comes up with a ‘Brilliant’ performance, ably supported by Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang who are her room mates. There are loud moments during the ensuing courtroom drama, while Amitabh Bachchan is calm, subdued yet impressive all throught the film.

It does have some moments where issues of virginity are raised in the court much to the embarrassment of the girls, but they bravely face these moments in their fight for justice.

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Cast:
Amitabh Bachchan as Deepak Sehgal (retired lawyer)
Taapsee Pannu as Minal Arora
Kirti Kulhari as Falak Ali
Andrea Tariang as Andrea
Angad Bedi as Rajveer Singh (Politician’s nephew)
Raashul Tandon as Dumpy (Rajveer’s friend)
Tushar Pandey as Vishwa (Rajveer’s friend)
Mamta Malik as PSI Sarla Premchand (lady Investigating Officer)
Dhritiman Chatterjee as Judge
Piyush Mishra as Prashant Mehra (Prosecuting lawyer)
Vijay Verma as Ankit Malhotra
Mamta Shankar as Sara Sehgal
Vinod Nagpal as Kasturilal (Landlord of the tenanted flat)

Credits:
Production Company – Rashmi Sharma Telefilms Limited
Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Produced by Rashmi Sharma and Shoojit Sircar
Story, screenplay by Ritesh Shah
Music by Shantanu Moitra, Faiza Mujahid
Cinematography by Abhik Mukhopadhyay
Edited by Bodhaditya Banerjee
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