Pink is a compelling film that forces you to think. A powerful script and backing performances lift this film into the must-watch category! Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Andrea Tariang and Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) are independent working girls who share a rented apartment in Delhi. On a fateful night in Surajkund Faridabad, the three girls encounter, three young men and after a mishap, Minal accidentally hits Rajvir Singh (Angad Bedi) with a bottle which hits him above the eye. A deep cut and a bruised ego, leads Rajvir and his friends to harass the three girls further. After finding it difficult to cope, Minal lodges a police complaint against Rajvir and friends for molestation. This step further backfires when Rajvir uses his influence and charges Minal for
This step further backfires when Rajvir uses his influence and charges Minal for attempt to murder and extortion as a sex worker. Will Deepak Saigal (Amitabh Bachchan) a senile advocate be able to fight Minal’s case for justice? Can the law punish Rajvir’s mentality and its impact on the society is what lies ahead.
The beauty of Pink is that it is highly relatable. This case could happen with any of your friend and that’s why it’s powerful. Ritesh Shah’s script rightly addresses the prejudices that are latched on to educated, self-earning, independently put up woman in Indian society. Be it the judgmental neighbors or well-educated men who think ‘a girl who drinks and wears short dresses is easily available’. The setting is Delhi and while many may have a problem to that, there is no shame in admitting the fact that it is the sexual harassment capital of India.
Taapsee Pannu plays the strong Minal Arora with great effortlessness. She emotes perfectly for every scene and it’s as if a friend of yours is standing in that court being questioned for her lifestyle. This girl has potential to go way ahead! Kirti Kulhari as Falak Ali does a brilliant job in one of the scenes where she breaks down in the court. She seems extremely comfortable and natural in her act. Andrea Tariang does a fine job too but gets a slightly smaller role than the other two.
Amitabh Bachchan is a powerhouse performer in any given role. As Deepak Saigal, he does a brilliant job. It’s honestly great of him to choose this film and I’d really hope his star power forces people to watch it. Piyush Mishra as the prosecution lawyer is on the top of his game. Angad Bedi nails the bad boy act of Rajvir with just his arrogant stare. You wish to kill him with your bare hands!
Aniruddha Roy Chaudhary directs this film and one feels that he takes inspiration from producer Shoojit Sircar and also Kahaani director Sujoy Ghosh in his story telling style. One of the best parts about this film is the fact that it visually never shows you the actual incident, up until the end credits. The story is based on the happenings and that mystery builds well in the first half.
Pink is poignant and powerfully provocative. It is a must-watch for everyone with a blurred vision for modern day women. I’ll go with a 8/10 for this film!