Pink: The Review

You know some movies are going to work for you irrespective of what the general public would think about it,right when you catch a glimpse of it in the form of a trailer .For me Pink was one of those movies and the theme was as much a reason for anticipation as the presence Amitabh Bachchan and in fact it lived up to it’s promise too, on both counts.

Rajnikanth once said that in the world of movies he’s a King probably but that Amitabh Bachchan is in fact an Emperor.If you wonder why The Superstar made that statement, Pink is the movie for you.Legal thrillers are almost unheard of in this industry and all of us have grown up watching the same age old dramatized court room sequence in every other bollywood movie over and over,but when the title credits start rolling without any background music on a pitch black screen in white font, you have an inkling that the filmmakers mean business here and that you’re in for some serious cinema.There are moments when the film falls back to it’s bollywood roots though, but it does little damage at the end of the day.

Amitabh Bachchan makes his entry pretty early and though it takes another thirty minutes or so for him to utter a proper dialogue, in that time, using just his lanky frame and eyes he gives you one hell of a crash course on what screen presence is all about.The intensity that he brings to every scene is the soul of this film and that’s exactly what the theme demands too.Tapsee and the girls translate the vulnerabilities and anger of a group of women subjected to harassment and ridicule for standing up to oppressors, convincingly to the screen.

It’s a coincidence that the movie is released around the same time when the verdict is out for one of the most brutal rape murders reported in Kerala and the apex court’s judgement was under intense scrutiny and criticism.This movie is a slap in the face of the patriarchal system that ensures everyday that the women are always the victims and tells them that they’re at it’s mercy,that they will be judged relentlessly in the name of morality and that even justice is not a right but an elusive gift based on terms set by the society.It essentially tries to drive home a simple point, that when a girl says no to a boy that’s exactly what it means, No.I rest my case.

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