There’s Nothing Pretty in ‘Pink’

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NOVEMBER, 2016

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Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Pink’ is anything but the rosy romantic comedy that it’s title so deceptively implies. Instead, it is a gritty tale surrounding three urban women who are forced to fight various forms of sexual harassment. The film is a bold one, since it does not at any point shy away from highlighting the gross injustice meted out to women in India and wastes no time in sugar-coating the glaring misogyny present in the judiciary and the government.

Made by Swati Singh

Though each woman’s temperament and background varies, they all display tremendous courage in the face of all kinds of tribulations. However, I felt that making the character of Andrea deal with both sexual harassment as well as racism since she was a North Easterner was rather unnecessary since the issue at hand already demands so much attention. However, the character of Meenal played by Tapsee Panu was so nuanced and was brought to life with aplomb. Though she was portrayed as an extremely strong woman, she did break down on occasion, and that is what made her seem so realistic. It is also worth noting that right from the start, she suffers the most when compared to her two friends, yet she displays appalling amounts of tenacity. Amitabh Bachan plays the role of a superannuated, moody lawyer effortlessly.

The manner in which the film is shot is so clever that it does not explicitly define the occurrences that haunt the women at one instant. Instead, it unravels the horrors in tandem with the measured pace of the court trial. The trial itself has one the edge of their seat and manages to condense sorrow, anger and a plethora of social issues very skilfully. The dastardly treatment meted out to the girls in an institution that is supposed to deliver justice begs the question- does justice differ across the sexes? And does it depend on how much political clout one has or does not have?

Overall, the film was an excellent rendition of what was already a brilliant idea. It was the kind of film that made one sit up and take note. Though some scenes were hugely disturbing, I would credit the director for taking the firm decision of including them since they are shot with just the right amount of discretion and add to the powerful message that the film delivers.

Rhea Tewary

Rhea Tewary

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Book lover, feminist, and a deceptively quiet demeanour characterises Rhea best. She has volatile political opinions, but would just as easily melt if someone showed her a furry animal. Rhea enjoys reading historical fiction, political thrillers and murder mysteries. Additionally, she subjects anyone who seems remotely friendly to her pathetic sense of humour.

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