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Pink (2016) Review: A Film Long Overdue

Pink (2016) Review: A Film Long Overdue

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A disquieting vignette of a society, Pink holds a mirror to everything that’s wrong with us. It shines a light on the vacuous values we live by to preen and preserve our social fabric. And men alone aren’t to be blamed, women stand equally complicit. A slow burn, Pink ruffles and rattles with its glaring observations.

It’s sad that an idea like Pink took this long to be told. A well-intentioned drama, Aniruddha Roy’s film takes you by the scruff of the neck, immerses you into its reality and shakes you up in the process.

Pink trails three girls, one of who is charged with an ‘attempt to murder’ and put behind bars, after a late night out with friends. Is she guilty? Can she prove otherwise? What will it take? What’s her truth? Will there be takers?

Every character justifies their part — from Meenal (Tapsee Pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari), Andrea (Andrea Tariang) and Rajveer (Angad Bedi) to Prashant Mehra (Piyush Mishra). Amitabh Bachchan as lawyer Deepak Sehgal turns in yet another standout performance. The dialogues wouldn’t have been half as effective if not for him.

Pink equally questions our laws, the caretakers of these laws and the people-in-power who misuse authority to their advantage. Here’s a little spoiler I wanted to call out. Why wasn’t the female police officer who fudged/backdated an FIR called to punishment for the same? Or, did I miss something? (There’s a 7-year jail term for filing a wrong FIR by a police officer).

Minor aberrations aside, Pink is an important film that needs to be seen.

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The poem by Tanvi Ghazi, recited by Amitabh Bachchan at the end of the film, fervently captures the spirit of Pink

Rating: 3.5/5

Where to Watch: Netflix

View Comments (31)
  • To the point review. Quite liked the film. Rare film that needed to be made, like you said.

  • Solid movie. We need more meaningful films like this… meaningful and relevant..superb effort! Salute to the director

  • Wasn’t the film over hyped? I mean i get that it was a great concept and everything but it did feel laxed particularly in the first part. Not impressed!

  • I hope to see the film re-release. PVR, are you listening? We would love to watch it again on the big screen.

  • “There was no better way to capture the essence of ‘Pink’ than the poem by Tanvi Ghazi, recited by Amitabh Bachchan at the end of the film.”


  • Great effort by director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. I wish he makes more meaningful films like this. Good effort. Good acting. Good story.

  • Awesome film. one of the best movies I saw last year… One performance of Mr Bachchan is enough to set aside all other actors of this generation. He does one good film every year and gets nominated as best actors against all youngsters today. they have no chance to compete alongside him. he’s the greatest actor that will ever be. more power to Mr bachchan. Fan for life! <3 <3

  • it was a beautiful poem at the end of the movie when the credits started rolling…such beautiful words. and the fact that amitabh bachchan recited it added all the more charm to it. lovely!

  • My only grouse otherwise, with the film was that the first half half moved a little slow and takes longer to get to the point.

    I felt exactly the same. otherwise the film was a good attempt.

  • Watchable only because it had Amitabh Bachchan, else too slow. But I’m glad he took up the role. If not anything, people would at least come to the theatre to watch it for him. and the message is great. More poeple need to watch it. Nice review Flickside!

  • so so movie. very over hyped. it takes too long to get the point. Could have been way more shorter.

  • Amitabh Bachchan is a class actor. No one in this generation comes close to him. He is best

  • a average attempt with a great message but watchable only becoz of AMitabh bachchan

  • Wonderful piece of writing… I want to watch this film… rarely do we see such films from India