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Release Date: 16-09-2016
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Deepali Chugh

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Stigmatisation on a woman's character has been an inevitable part of our society as our pseudo modern society only talks liberalization but when it comes to pointing fingers on woman they find pleasure in being judge of their characters. For the time immemorial life has always been difficult for all outspoken, extrovert and outgoing woman who wish to believe that they can live in this male chauvinist society with blithe disregard to societies unstated rules. The society we live in would always favour men and any women is judged from the way she dresses, her demeanour with men and the time she spends outside her home. The practice of vilifying and pillorying a carefree woman in terms of her mien has continued ever since and the movie ‘Pink’ accentuates the fact with an eminent incident at a Surajkund resort.

Whatever girls may believe in but our society talks foul about any scantly cladded girl even if she tries to live carefree within the premises of her house. She is labelled as a woman far from repute and a topic of Gossip mongering.

The director doesn’t present the exact incident to the audience until the end, yet very tactfully projects details distinctly leaving it for the audience to figure out the case and judge the black hat.

It shows the lives of three independent working women, ‘modern’ in the words of our society for they dress boldly committing an egregious mistake of having casual conversation with smiles and giggles with the supposedly innocent men. Their bold uninhibited attitude and friendly touches drive the men to contemplate it as a sexual invitation as a result of which it costs them their dignity while society points a finger at their character. Their saviour comes in the form of an old man by the name of Advocate Sehgal who stands in favour of not barely these three, but every woman whose whims and wishes are crushed at the behest of a male’s ideology and mentality. He fights for those girls whose liberal and unpretentious behaviour is blatantly evaluated by people labelling these girls as those with a loose character. The movie tries to highlight and awaken the society about woman’s righteousness to voice their resentment with a word ‘No’ and emphasising that mere dallying around does not form an invitation for a consensual relationship. This movie very aptly highlights how opposing an undesired advancement costs them their honour, respect and integrity in the eyes of the masses while defaming and denouncing them as promiscuous women.

The story revolves around a group of three working independent ‘modern’ women Meenal (Tapsee Pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang), who once meet four guys and are mistreated and molested as a result of which one hits the guy with a glass bottle in the heat of the moment and under the influence of alcohol, leaving him barely on the verge of losing an eye.

The court case following that and the ideologies about women from the perspective of men is what is unravelled and unfolded in the story, which not only awakens men, but also women for a fact that when women are dumped in a society as shallow and low graded as ours where men as immoral and despicable as them live, a woman’s character would be judged at every step, at every corner and every moment of her life. A constant of scrutiny in terms of her cladding and her behaviour under persistent radar would follow.

The film is constantly engaging and involving and not for once does the audience waver from the plot. The scenes are absolutely precise and not for once redundant. Piyush Mishra has portrayed the character of the prosecutor who shows the real face of the society by the way of attacking women and questioning their character time and again while the audience cringes and girls agitate every time he disparages women in the courtroom.

But while a section of the audience would favour the girls throughout, I would also mention an obvious point that considering the current era and conditions, revealing clothes at midnight while drinking with unknown boys in a room at a secluded resort does not feign those girls as innocent. Shoojit Sircar has highlighted the men as villainous to which I completely agree, yet what still bothers me is the fact that he never mentioned how foolish it was of the three women, who had the audacity to go into a room with unknown men at a time and a place where anyone would fear to go and expect people to not have a preconceived notion or a label of a person with a loose character.

Every character in the film has justified their roles aptly. The three targeted women in question played by our three leading ladies have skilfully and effectively portrayed the character of vulnerable broken women. Amitabh Bachchan with his intense acting and an impeccable performance has been a treat to watch.

Special mention lies here with the writing of the movie, where the dialogues exactly sum up what the situation is, with banters in a way that leave the audience suddenly laughing amidst a grave condition.

While I could hear cheers and applauses in the theatre, I couldn’t keep myself from eulogizing the film for every star that I give to this outstanding movie proves the worth of this film about an issue as sensitive and important as this in the current era.

I would certainly give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.