Film Review: Pink
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Writer: Ritesh Shah
Music: Shantanu Moitra, Faiza Mujahid, Anupam Roy
Cast: AmitabhBachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari,AndreaTariang, Piyush Mishra, Angad Bedi, and Dhritiman Chatterjee.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
The story begins even before the credit titles come on the blank screen and by the time the credits end, the director has embroiled you in his intriguing drama about three roommates: Minal Arora(Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali( Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea Tariang sharing an apartment in South Delhi.
One night, the girls meet three friends at a rock concert and agree to dine with them at the farmhouse. What follows is a nightmare that changes everybody’s lives.
The first half of the film focuses on the incident and the repercussions on the characters superbly unfolded without the slightest fuss or frills. The second half is a courtroom drama featuring lawyers Piyush Mishra and Amitabh Bachchan.
What works about the film is the gripping suspense, the intriguing narrative, razor sharp editing and believable characters and dialogues. The writing is detailed and the lyrics and music add to the anxiety of the characters.The single girl is a character in the film, so is the city of Delhi, sinister by day and evil by night skillfully photographed by Abhik Mukhopadyay.
All the performances are extra-ordinary – the three boys and the girls particularly Taapsee Pannu. Dhritiman Chatterjee in the role of a judge brings credibility to the role while Amitabh Bachchan breathes life to yet another unforgettable character, bi-polar Deepak Sehgal. The defamed lawyer looms large in the frame, he is frail and forbidding but once in the courtroom, Bachchan displays a gamut of emotions with perfect timing and rare ability to make every dialogue his own.
Pink is a film about perceptions, more important, about choices. It is also about mental health, about senior citizens and most important, about our youth. It addresses issues of promiscuity, autocracy, minority and double standards of society. It is about the corruption, injustice and gender in-equality and Amitabh Bachchan is the new feminist championing for women’s rights.
Watch Pink for Amitabh Bachchan and wait till the end for his poetry rendition.
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