PINK and its message: Courtroom drama to ground realities
So what if someone says, “You are as black as a crow” by putting in baseless, false and fabricated charges against you. That’s fine. Well, but please can you come and stand inside the witness box to prove your point. And when you have someone a maverick lawyer like Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) who acts as the defense attorney to assist the trio rise from the situation in the movie Pink then it’s obviously not going to be an easy win.
Returning back home post watching the movie too many thoughts started crossing my mind. So how safe are today’s women when they are commuting all alone in cab or auto in the darkness of the night? In today’s age of social media the journey for “No” means “No” starts right from the time the guy sends his Facebook Friend Request to the girl he wants to get friendly with. In the initial he knows it’s very unlikely that his add friend request might get accepted but if it does it’s good for him. But on the contrary if the response towards his add friend request is “No” and if it gets declined then it hurts the male ego. Imagine if the impact of “No” as the answer can be so high on social media like Facebook then what it would mean as “No” for these boys in the movie Pink who were expecting to have some good time with the three girls post their drinks and dinner party.
In the initial part of this movie Pink it’s not the voice but the energy in the eyes the death stare of this retired lawyer Deepak Sehgal that’s sufficient enough to amplify his emotions where we see him just observing the three girls who are staying in the opposite building. These three working girls Meenal (Taapsee Pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) are sharing an apartment in a plush South Delhi neighbourhood. In the later half of the movie the retired lawyer Deepak Sehgal decides to return back as the defense lawyer for these three girls staying in his opposite building wearing his black coat reflecting the epitome of dignity, honour, wisdom and justice.
Once the courtroom drama unfolds it’s the lawyer Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) whose rich baritone voice resonates inside the courtroom. Not only that but we also see this retired lawyer return to form who showcases his ability to ask blunt and pointed questions to the petitioner or respondent appearing inside the witness box. He questions a woman, “Are you a virgin?” in the court room in front of everybody with full determination and absence of fear. Septuagenarian and Superstar Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s flamboyant confidence and baritone continues to endorse his trademark once again in this movie. The attackers are represented in the courtroom by Piyush Mishra (Prashant Mehra) .
The movie Pink ends up on a very positive note. It tells you that whether a woman is a sex-worker, wife or slave, if she says ‘No’ to being touched then no man has the right to force himself on her. In today’s world of emerging and competitive corporate markets women be it working or housewife they all should have the freedom to walk freely in the society and never under the chamber of fear. One of the hair raising scenes in the movie was when Taapsee Pannu is forcefully taken into a van and molested till she begs and pleads the men to leave her alone. The way the courtroom drama is portrayed indeed reflects that the film maker’s director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and producer Shoojit Sircar of this film have met several lawyers to ensure that procedures and legal language adhere to the real life scenario.
The movie Pink indeed brings out the reality and attitude towards these women is quite repugnant. Can this be absolutely avoidable?
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