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IN Desi ON 16 Sep, 2016
Three Delhi girls on the run after one of them is molested and attacked by a pig-headed rich brat Rajveer, was just the beginning of a nightmare. Pink is a powerful statement especially when you are talking about girls and the present feudal system in the country.
It was just last week that the Box office was stunned with a powerful female oriented AKIRA, which took a lot of applauds home with its stunning delivery of messages and morals. India is a hub of the distinction between men and women. I know I should not say this, but let's realize that the choice of clothes of a girl and their character is not a matter of question for the ones who have eyes only for the wrong.
The movie did not only highlight the feuds and frauds but also the justice that is skewed highly by position and social standing.
My rating: 4.5/5
Three independent working girls Minal, Falak and Andrea happen to go out for just a regular night for fun at a rock concert. Post the rock concert they accept a dinner invitation from a rich brat Rajveer to a resort in Surajkund. Rajveer was accompanied by three of his friends who seemed to be quite decent.
Unfortunately, the night takes an ugly turn after a few drinks. Andrea finds herself being touched inappropriately by Rajveer's friend Dumpy and Rajveer forces himself onto Minal. In spite of saying 'NO,' Rajveer pushes himself and tries advancing into the act of being brutally physical with Minal. In a haste to save herself from Rajveer, Minal picks up a bottle and smashes it on Rajveer head, injuring his eye. He is left bleeding in the room while the girls leave running in the hope that they will sleep on it, and it will all fade away.
But their lives are turned into hell by the guys. Like it happens all the time, the girls are intimidated and turned down by molestation and being raped. The ultimate blow comes when Rajveer uses his powerful connections to file a FIR and labels them as prostitutes.
When the matter comes up on the court with the defense lawyer Deepak Mehra who called quits years back because of a medical condition called bipolar disorder, the movie takes a sudden turn. The courtroom scene is right where the heart of the film lies. It is full of questioning Minal about her habits, being independent and even losing her virginity at the age of 19. It laid eyes on the double standards in our society where we think that girls with short hemlines and those who drink with men have morals down to that of the ones staying home covering their heads. It also tells you that whether a woman is a typical working girl or a sex worker, if she says 'NO' then no man has the right to force himself on her.
Amitabh Bachchan is the Boss and he will stay one no matter when you watch him on the screen. The performances were pitch perfect with Bachchan leading the way for the movie. Creative Producer Shoojit Sarkar, who directed Madras Cafe, and Piku makes another stunning addition to his reputation.
Every single actor including Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang upped their ante with this 136- minute riveting drama. While Tapsee was splendid in the courtroom, Kirti took the movie to another level with her performance. It felt like the girls show tremendous range to their acting and Pink just gave them the right platform to do so. The fact to applaud them was that they gave no one reason to overshadow them not even Bachchan or the shrewd lawyer Prashant.
Pink kept us gripped with the impressive story line and that too even when you had low expectations. The details of the movies unfolding like a thriller marked the right moods and stricken the right notes with the Bollywood courtroom scenes, making the audience create their rule book of living in a strictly feminist world.
This one gave Pink, 4 stars, which is apt.
Color me Pink, India. Let girls stand tall for their rights and stay Pink.
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