Pink – A courtroom Drama film was released on 16th September 2016. It was directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury who has made some of the critically acclaimed Bengali movies. Though movie looks humble enough but it does have a strong message to convey. From the plot to dialogues and the concluding remark of Lawyer Deepak Shehgal (played by Amitabh Bachchan), the movie literally cries out its message of feminine freedom and tragedy of sexual repression in Indian society. It also tells of the trauma that courtrooms and society inflict on Sexually Assaulted Women.
The movie came out to be clear winner with positive response both from viewers & Reviewers. Though a small budget movie, Pink got into the league of 100 crores+ Bollywood movies.
The plot revolves around three independent working girls – Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) staying together as tenants in a posh South Delhi locality.
Deepak Shehgal (Amitabh Bachchan), a renowned lawyer struggling with manic depression and keeping up with the medical care of his Humorous yet dying wife Sara lives in the same society. Dhritiman Chatterjee has played a compassionate judge yet sometimes seems to overly sensitive. The antagonist league constitutes of Rajveer- Angad bedi, nephew of a powerful politician and his friends, though Prashant Mehra – Piyush seems to be equally good candidate.
The movie starts with Rajveer getting seriously injured and then suspense unravels and fear builds into the scene. Most of the second half consists of courtroom scenes with Deepak Shehgal handling their case tactfully while struggling with his frequent mood swings and shrewd arguments of Prashant Mehra.
The whole movie has a dark background lighting and gloomy music track that suits the context beautifully. One of the scene that took me is when Deepak Shehgal asks Minal in an open courtroom- “What did you do when they tried to ….” And she says strongly yet hesitatingly “I said No”. This scene uncannily resembles with a more powerful scene(You may watch it) of The Accused(1988)– A classic starring Jodie foster that runs on similar themes.
Though the movie is a courtroom Drama, it has a bit of thrill embossed with a very clever start – Muzzled conversations and then Injured Rajveer being taken to hospital and All three girls on a Taxi anxious and hasty. This in turn builds a kind of suspense. Taapsee Pannu has played a Delhi girl quite perfectly – Her dialogues, her poses, her gestures everything imbues with the character beautifully. (Though it seems her health condition during shooting just might have helped a little bit). Amitabh Bachchan has also played the role of manic depressed lawyer quite satisfactorily as the bar for him is always very high.
Like an old classic, Pink is full of symbols telling a far greater meaning that words can convey:
- Mask – Mask seems like a central symbol of the movie with Lawyer Deepak Shehgal wearing it from time to time. It conveys that the identity of man standing against atrocity does not matter, it can be anyone. In the mid of movie when all girls come to his house seeking help and Mr. Shehgal looks at mask on table intently as if searching for valor.
- Safety chain – The girl uses the safety chain whenever someone knocks their door and symbolizes their fears and boundations.
- Tattoo – The tattoo on Minal’s shoulder that shows a bird unfurling its wings. It conveys the feminine freedom.
- Cockroach – At the beginning of trial Deepak Shehgal is distracted by cockroach which is crawling on wood. Cockroach symbolizes survival, Fear and authenticity in the context of Lawyer Mr. Deepak Shehgal.
Lets Sum up
Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Produced by Rashmi Sharma & Shoojit Sircar
Written by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Shoojit Sircar & Ritesh Shah
Starring Amitabh Bachchan as Lawyer Deepak Shehgal
Tapsee pannu as Minal
Kirti Kulhari as Falak
Andrea Tariang as Andrea
Angad Bedi as Rajveer
Dhritiman Chatterjee as Judge Satyajit Dutt
Piyush Mishra as Prashant Mehra
Mamata Shankar as Sara (Sehgal’s wife)
Music by Shantanu Moitra, Faiza Mujahid & Anupam Roy
Budget ₹ 23 crore
Box office ₹ 104.34 crore
Unfortunately, present Indian society is witnessing a bipolar mentality on large scale- Embracing the cultures of the brave new world at the same time clinging to the belief that have fallen out of context and relevance. Where Girls are told to tread the same path a boy does and not to make the same mistakes. Pink capture this dilemma in a very holistic way. Since time immemorial women sexuality has been repressed but it needs to be history now as it should be. The movie seems enjoyable and yet artistic which is quite rare for the Bollywood movie for the past decade. Thus a visit to PVR would seem like a decent deal.