I have always believed that the purpose of cinema is not just to entertain but also educate and empower the audience. The courtroom drama based movies are always engaging as the prosecutor and defendant both fight to solve the case with solid evidences and inumerable witnesses. Films like “Damini”, “Jolly LLB”,”Talvar” or the recent “Rustom” has been immensely successful in keeping the audience engaged with impeccable dialogues and fantastic screenplay but what makes “Pink” different is the beautiful message on morality and equality of an independent woman when she is says “NO” to getting involved into any sexual preferences.
“Pink” tells the story of three independent girls in the city of Delhi who get involved in a crime in order to save themselves. Hell break lose when one of them, Meenal (played by Tapsee Pannu) files a harassment case against Rajvir Singh(Angad Bedi), a nephew of a powerful minister. Little they know when their attackers turn their life miserable. Enter the scene, an old-aged lawyer (played by Amitabh Bachchan), who wears anti-pollution mask every time he is on road, takes up the case to fight for justice.
“Pink” is one such hair-raising film which is definitely difficult to digest as it gives you goosebumps and eye-popping experience. The scene where Falak (played by Kirti Kulhari) calls her friend to compromise with the situation and immediately retaliate is jaw-dropping. The scene where Amitabh Bachchan asks Andrea (played by Andrea Tariang) where is she from is a beautiful scene showing acceptance of her place in India. Couple of scenes in second half – interrogation scene between the female cop and Angad Bedi with Amitabh Bachchan in the court, the scene between Tapsee Pannu and Piyush Mishra is well-executed. A big clap for the director Aniruddha Roy for a fantastic characters details defined in 136 minutes. Screenplay is the hero of the film with nail-biting moments. Art direction is fine while Cinematography is just about okay.
Amitabh Bachchan is a knight in shining armour. Watch out for him in the second half when he questions the witnesses in the courtroom. It is unforgettable performance which should be lauded for its sheer brilliance. Among the other actors – Tapsee Pannu and Kirti Kulhari is mindblowing with their natural performances. Angad Bedi does well as a menacing character. Piyush Mishra, as usual, is powerful.
On the whole, “Pink” is an experience that needs to be lauded for its impeccable direction, electrifying performances and beautiful message. Excellent 4/5
- Ketan Gupta