Pink (2016) - Movie Review

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By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Pink (2016) By Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury

Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Pink is a story of three modern independent women who share an apartment in Delhi. Their lives turn upside down when one of them is accused of trying to murder a man belonging to a powerful political family. When the girl is taken into custody no lawyer seems interested in taking up her case. When all hope is gone a senile lawyer suffering from a mental condition decides to take up the case. What follows is an intense court room drama that keeps us on the edge of our seats. Pink, written by Ritesh Shah, stars Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu in the lead roles. The film costars Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Piyush Mishra, Angad Bedi, Vijay Verma, Raashul Tandon, and Tushar Pandey.

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Pink is easily the best court room drama to have come out of Bollywood in recent times. The movie's attention to detail reminds one of Hollywood court room dramas like Philadelphia and A Few Good Men and novels of John Grisham. Without reducing the courtroom scenes to farce like was the case with Rustom, Pink manages to keep the legal proceedings interesting, even for an average moviegoer.

Amitabh Bachchan, Pink
Amitabh Bachchan in Pink
The acting performances are solid all around. Having an actor like Amitabh Bachchan in the mix of things can be like a double edged sword. First, the material needs to do justice to his prodigious acting talents and his larger than life persona and then the other performances need to be raised to that level or at least there and about, which is no cinch. The creative team needs to be commended for achieving the much needed balance in the acting department. Credit must also go to Tapsee, Kirti, and Andrea for holding their own against a performer of Amitabh Bachchan’s pedigree.
Tapsee Pannu, Pink
Tapsee Pannu in Pink
Speaking of Bachchan, no compliment is big enough for him. At the age of 73, he continues to exude the same fire that was the signature of his Angry Young Man avatar in the '70s and '80s. Not many actors can just stand and gaze and still make it look like a spectacle. And the moment he unleashes his famous baritone it multiplies his screen presence tenfold. Bachchan's brilliant performance in Pink harks back to Sunny Deol's remarkable turn in DaminiDo watch out for the poem in Amitabh Bachchan's voice during the end credits! 

Kirti Kulhari, Pink
Kirti Kulhari in Pink
Overall, while Pink has its share of flaws, its greatest strength is its strong stand against gender inequality and sexual violence. It is a smack in the face of those who question the way modern women choose to live and the way they dress. The movie’s social commentary is highly relevant to our times. Here is a film that cannot be ignored.


Pink Movie Trailer (YouTube)
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  1. Without prejudice: I have not seen this movie, but by the look of the theme and main character, would Nasir- udin-Shah been a better fit for this role....(Of course, Bachan is uncomparable in modern Indian screen)

    1. Perhaps... but there is no denying that Bachchan essayed the part brilliantly!


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