I watched #PINK over the weekend, a movie that has received rave reviews by movie critics- after all it’s got Big B. The best way to watch a film is to book tickets without knowing anything about the film, walking into the hall still debating what you think the film is about and watch the cinematic frames weave the story from scratch. That’s what happened to us this time. Other than the name of the film, glorious reviews by critics and the fact that Amitabh Bachchan starred in it, we knew nothing. And that’s why I came out feeling cheated.
Recently I have noticed anything to do with Women starts trending- A recent Tanishq working women ad, Nike’s Da Da Ding, Whisper’s How do girls run etc. Men think they are showing an upper hand by liking it, Women think we have to cheer for our own. And that’s exactly what’s happening to Pink.
I am surprised that critics who tear apart other films for inconsistencies, flawed scripts, under developed characters, director faux pas, have waxed lyrical of the film with not one mention of the grave errors in the film. Why? Apparently women issue films are exempt from the basic movie review check list. That friends in my eyes,is called subject inequality.
For starters, the issues in the film for me were very stereotype. Middle class girls getting harassed by a Political heavyweight’s son and friends. Really Mr Scriptwriter? How about a more real situation? Girls with forcibly visible tattoos- a bad character portrayal. Do women without tattoos not get eve teased? Firing a girl whose objectionable picture pops up on the net. By that logic, very few boys or girls will have jobs left.
Apart from that, technical failures in plenty. Jump in day to night sequences with no justifications, time lapses in story, edits in the film that leave gaps ( A girl is missing from wee hours of the morning till late night and there are no red flags raised by her flatmates) a full fledged court case with only one girl’s parent in attendance, Sarvpriya Vihar resident walking to Deer park (Non Delhi-zens may not get the locational boo boo, but 2 kms is apparently walking distance for an aged Amitabh)
All that apart only 2 things resonated with me
- Amitabh’s character trying to see the relevance of why opposing counsel only asked the petite Meghalaya born, about her native city – North East.
- The closing argument was actually the saving grace of the film for me in many ways. ‘No – means No. No is a sentence in itself and does not need any other word to complete it. No means no- whether said by a girlfriend to boyfriend, prostitute to customer or even wife to husband. ‘
Don’t get me wrong, its a film made with the right intentions, but just because filmmakers choose women centric stories, does not mean critics will applaud the intention whilst throwing the film critique-ing parameters out of the window.
That in itself is sexist isn’t it.
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