Don’t Blink, It’s Pink!

Here is the review of Bollywood movie Pink by G9 Divya Solgama

Expectations:

Amitabh Bachchan is one such actor who reworked the image of a Hindi film hero and kept portraying various professions on screen. One can easily remember his hits films where he portrayed the characters of a police officer, underworld don, dockyard worker, porter, horse-cart driver, truck driver, politician, doctor, teacher, contractor, poet and many more.  But there were few such films where his profession was not properly justified. One of those profession was of a lawyer. We did see him wearing the black gown in films like ‘Mahaan’ and ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’, but none of them were iconic like how Sunny Deol was in ‘Damini’ or Rajendra Kumar in ‘Kanoon’. Though there was an opportunity where Amitabh Bachchan was going to do an out and out court room drama with Amjad Khan as his opponent for a movie known as ‘Shatranj’. The movie got shelved and was later revived with Anil Kapoor and AmrishPuri in the form of ‘Meri Jung’. Thus, right from the first trailer of ‘Pink’, his fans and cinema lovers are highly excited to see this ace actor in the form of a fiery lawyer with some promising court room drama attached to it. So let’s find out, whether ‘Pink’ will add as one more feather to the vast cap of iconic professions performed by Amitabh Bachchan or might be just mere extension to the lawyer roles that he had performed in the past.

PINKStory

‘Pink’, is a story of Delhi based girlsMinal (TaapseePannu), Falak (KirtiKulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang). On one fateful night after a rock show, these independent girls hang out with Rajveer (AngadBedi) and his friends. Rajveerand his friends try to take advantage of the girls and in order to escape, Minal hits him with a bottle. Rajveer is hospitalized and after few days the girls gather their courage and decide to file a case against Rajveer and his friends. On the other end Rajveer belongs to a political family with whose help he files a backdated case and gets Minal arrested. Falak and Andrea try their level best to set Minal free and finally get help from a retired lawyer Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan). This leads to a trail where Minal and her friends are not only accused of hitting Rajveer but are also characterized as high level prostitutes. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Music

Speaking about the music, ‘Kari Kari’ is well placed in the film. But it’s the background score by ShantanuMoitra which works as an additional screenplay for the film. It’s one of the key element of this movie.

Direction

Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury breaks the stereotype court room drama seen in our Hindi film industry and comes up with a serious but overlooked matter about female consent and the typical prejudice male mindset followed by judging ones character based on various reasons. There are many films which have been made on dubious moral issues but ‘Pink’, is a rare film which makes you feel the pain and understand it to the core level.

Screenplay & Technical Details

The story might seem familiar to what we have seen in past but, is totally different and is path-breaking in all terms. The first half takes its sweet time to get established but once it does, it goes on a power paced mode where you do not wish to blink your eyes even for a single second. The tension keeps building up with every scene leading to a nail-biting second half full of court room drama. The movie is presented in a realistic manner and does not wander into the typical melodramatic or traditional norms of what we have been witnessing in our Hindi films. The pioneering credit titles starts with the name of the three leading actresses followed by the name of legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.

There are fantastic scenes in the first half of the film where a police officer try to brainwash Taapsee followed by Kirti requesting Amitabh Bachchan for the case and few more. The makers decide to narrate the main incident verbally through the various characters due to which the inquisitiveness keeps building up and works in the favour of the screenplay. But the moment movie goes into its second half, it’s like a non-stop ride full of back to back outstanding scenes. Scenes such as Amitabh Bachchan examining Andrea over her state followed by his debate with Piyush Mishra, Taapsee’s breakdown over her verdict, Piyush interrogating Taapsee, Amitabh Bachchan confronting police officer (a landmark scene), Amitabh Bachchan questioning Taapsee over her character followed by sarcastically blaming all the girls for spoiling guys, Piyush blaming Kirti for her financial transactions, Amitabh Bachchan confronting Angad followed by Angad’s outburst and views about modern girls and many more, keeps you totally engaged in the film. There are many iconic scenes in the film but the final verdict by Amitabh Bachchan over the word ‘No’, overpowers everything. The end credits showing the real incident along with Amitabh Bachchan’s poem will haunt you for a long time. There are minor tracks related to Amitabh Bachchan’s personal life, which could have been avoided. Also, the writers should have added some more detailing related to working structure of Amitabh Bachchan as he is shown getting all the right evidences and details related to the case. Dialogues by Ritesh Shah are realistic and heart touching. The camera work is fantastic and does full justice to the theme of the film.

Performances

Amitabh Bachchan has delivered many quintessential roles and his role as a retired lawyer in ‘Pink’ will add in the long list of his landmark performances. Your heart skips a beat the moment you see him donning the black gown of a lawyer. Right from the first scene in the court till the finale poem he is flawless in this movie. He adds all the additional power to his character with help of his suppressive eyes, formidable voice and his stern body movements. He surpasses many of his iconic performances and sets a landmark for the future generation of actors. You cannot take your eyes away from his dazzling performance on the screen.

There are few eye opening scenes where he talks about redefining the safety manuals for women (not to go out alone with a stranger, casually smile or touch, judging late coming girls, girls should not drink as it establishes wrong character and the sick male mindset). TaapseePannu looks great and gives a yet another brilliant performance. One can feel the pain and fear shown on her face through her matured performance. KirtiKulhari comes back to her ‘Shaitan’ form and delivers a subtle but hard-hitting performance. Piyush Mishra is fantastic in his role and gives good balance to the towering performance of Amitabh Bachchan. AngadBedi is good in his role of a bad person and will make you hate his character. That’s the beauty of his performance. Andrea Tariang is fine in her role as a debutant actress. Dhritiman Chatterjee lends good support.

Final Verdict

So on an overall basis, ‘Pink’ is a soul-shaking film which questions the upbringing of the Indian mindset. The movie is a must watch for those who love good cinema and will make every female feel proud with its end result. There are many movies which seek to make changes in the society, ‘Pink’ is one such film which does that with help of its simple yet effectual theme.

Rating – 4.5/5(Source – Bollywood Times)