Very Much Watchable but Sans Bachchan, It Wouldn’t Be As Impressive

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This movie had “Bachchan” written all over it. The movie is very much watchable with a very good story, power-packed acting by Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu and Kirti Kulhari, brilliant background score and capitalizing on AB’s voice. Some key flaws were overshadowed by the strengths, though.

Story (8/10):
Pink is about something which has been said time and again about when a girl says “NO”, it means “NO” and nothing else (I hope I don’t need to mention the context here!). Ironically, a contrary of this is what Bollywood movies reiterated in the 80s and 90s through cheap songs. Three girls from a modest background trying to fight not just a bunch of misguided and politically powerful boys who tried to violated their modesty but also the society that often discourages them from doing the right thing, let alone support them. The plot is not at all new but the story had pretty new elements that showed that a girl’s background, habits, clothes or even “occupation” has nothing to do or justify any kind of crime that happens to her. The story was powerful, flow was good enough. However, one major flaw was the projection of antagonists which was very weak – something that takes the sheen away from protagonists as well. With the kind of reputation Ritesh Shah carries – with Airlift, CityLights, and Kahaani in his pocket – it didn’t elevate.

Acting (9/10):
Besides the obvious – Bachchan – two actors to watch out for was Tapsee Pannu and Kirti Kulhari who gave brilliant performances. Their expressions and dialog delivery was really good. No major names in the rest of the cast. The movie was largely shouldered by Amitabh Bachchan. I am simply amazed at how this legend continues to do this year after years and there is no stopping – in fact, he elevates it every single time. However, there was a drought on the antagonists’ side where there were no major names to call for. Villians aren’t intimidating enough, except for the inexplicable rage attacks (if I may say so). I would have loved to see someone like KK Menon there. Great antagonists make great courtroom drama as well – be it in Kanoon, Waqt, Damini or OMG.

Direction (9/10):
In his Hindi directorial debut, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury was impressive. The flow of the movie was just right and never felt it was losing audience attention. What I loved was the way he projected different perceptions prevailing in the current society regarding crimes against women in a very subtle manner. In that process, he also portrays certain ironies where women themselves are involved in suppressing any voice raised against such crimes. He also touched upon the issue of discrimination against the people of North East – in general, and especially girls. However, he capitalized heavily on Amitabh Bachchan’s voice and relied largely on him to bring this movie to success.

Overall (9/10):
I loved it, even though I have seen better. For Amitabh fans, which practically the entire country, this movie is a treat. But remove him, hypothetically, and I doubt if this movie would have made such a huge impact.

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