Most of you probably know that Amitabh Bachchan recently wrote a letter that caused mixed reactions from his fans. While some loved the message, others criticised it as a PR stunt for his latest film, Pink. I, myself was disappointed in the letter and his choice of words and therefore wrote a reply to him,which was published in Dawn (Read HERE if you missed that.. ).
However, in a recent interview, Amitabh Bachchan accepted that letter was actually related to Pink…
“When we were promoting the film, a lot of people were asking the story and concept of Pink, shared Amitabh. “We were getting a little hesitant as to what we should say. That’s when [producer] Shoojit [Sircar] suggested me to write a summary of the film in a letter and send it to my granddaughters. It will be for all the girls.”
This confession disappointed me further, as the ‘intent’ with which the letter was written became questionable.
Having said that, being a BIG B fan, I normally would not miss any of his films, specially that has good reviews. So we went last night to watch the movie, Pink. And half way through the movie, I couldn’t help but think..
“Why in the world did they (the team of movie Pink), even think of doing such a epic fail,PR stunt for a movie that didn’t need ANY -AT ALL! The movie speaks for itself! And it does so, simply put, BRILLIANTLY!”
The movie is about three independent middle class Delhi based girls, who escape a molestation attempt by a group of politically influential guys, by hitting a bottle on the head of one of them. She is then sued by him in a case of ‘attempt to murder’, which Amitabh Bachchan ( a lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder) takes up, as their defense lawyer.
Pink is a very powerful movie, that questions the society’s mindset where men and women are judged by a different yardstick. Women are judged by a certain set of standards that we, as a society have set (only for them ,not for men). And that’s why Pink is so relevant to us, specially in the Indian subcontinent (not only in India).
I was (once again) blown away by Amitabh Bachchan’s performance in the movie. He’s one of the finest actors EVER! (and should stick to what he does best- acting, not publicity stunts ). This movie wouldn’t be the same without him!
Hats off to the creative team behind the movie that has managed to touch such a difficult topic with so much courage. The very strong message the movie screams, without beating around the bush…
“When a girl (no matter who she is, wife, sex worker, girlfriend… ) says No.. it means NO!”.
What a powerful medium (cinema) to get such a powerful message across millions of people, at a time and place, when it is needed the most! Bravo!
My verdict: Pink is a powerful, bold, brutally honest and thought provoking courtroom drama thats slays the double standards of our society towards women. It’s a MUST watch!