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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.

See Also

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

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