National Award-winning filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan feels Bollywood is different from Hindi cinema as the former…
From Na Na Karte Pyar Tumhi Se Kar Baithe to Kab Tak Ruthegi Cheekhegi Chillaegi Dil Kehta Hai Ik Din Haseena Maan Jaegi… much before the stalking lover entered Bollywood, it was established in India’s celluloid world that a girl’s ‘no’ does not really mean no.
Our society believes a girl never means what she says especially when she says ‘no’ she doesn’t mean it. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary’s Pink is a brave, blunt and brutal canvas that wants to reaffirm the fact that when someone says ‘no’, it means NO.
Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Pink does what perhaps no Bollywood film has ever done – asserting a woman’s right to her own body and her own sexuality. Hitherto, Bollywood made us believe girls who drink, wear short dresses and party with boys are not the ‘ideal’ ones. In Cocktail, Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) will flirt with Veronica (Deepika Padukone) but falls in love with Meera (Diana Penty), and let’s not even start on the numerous films that teach us that the strength of a woman lies in her ‘sindoor’. And what does Pink do? It does not sermonise. It simply shows us the mirror. The fact that it is blunt, brutal image cannot be blamed on the mirror – the reality is such.
Amitabh Bachchan is in full form in Pink. (YouTube)
Advocate Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh) builds up a five-point rule book for the safety of women through the movie. Here are five moments from the film that teach us the meaning of feminism:
1. When people start judging Meenal (Taapsee Pannu), she tries to hide her face with a hoodie but Deepak removes it. This is a subtle yet strong statement — people may blame you, but do not shame yourself.
2. We saw this in the trailer — Deepak asks Meenal whether she is a ‘virgin’.