Pink (2016 film)

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Pink
Pinkmovieposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Produced by
Written by Shoojit Sircar
Ritesh Shah
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Abhik Mukhopadhyay
Edited by Bodhaditya Banerjee
Production
company
Distributed by NH STUDIOZ
Release date
  • 16 September 2016 (2016-09-16)
Running time
136 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 23 crore[2]
Box office 107.32 crore[3]

Pink is a 2016 Indian courtroom drama social thriller[4] film directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury,[5] written by Ritesh Shah, and produced by Rashmi Sharma Telefilms (Pawan Kumar and Rashmi Sharma), Sheel Kumar[6] and Shoojit Sircar.[7][8][9] It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra, and Dhritiman Chatterjee.[10][11][12][13] It was released on 16 September 2016.[14][15][16][17][18] The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) granted the film a U/A certificate with four verbal cuts.[19] The film received widespread critical acclaim, and garnered the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.[20] [21]

The film was specially screened for the Rajasthan Police so as to train them to be sensitive and sensible about women's rights and dignity.[22] The film was also specially screened at Rashtrapati Bhavan [23] and invited for a screening at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.[24][25] On 4 November 2016 the movie completed a 50-day run in theatres.[26]

Plot[edit]

Three young and affluent boys, Raunak (Raashul Tandon), Vishwajyoti (Tushar Pandey) and Rajveer Singh (Angad Bedi) rush to the nearest hospital because Rajveer is profusely bleeding from an injury to his head. They nervously refrain from filing a police complaint.

On the other side of the same town, three young women — Minal (Taapsee Pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea  — hurriedly travel in a taxi to their apartment. They look disoriented, and it is implied that they have something to do with the incident. Minal and her friends are shaken but try to carry on with their normal life.

The story revolves around these three young women. They are independent and self-sufficient women living together in Faridabad.

Minal goes out for her usual morning run, where she is constantly observed by an old man who lives in her neighbourhood, a man called Deepak (Amitabh Bachchan). He senses there is something wrong and introduces himself to these women as a reputable lawyer who is in retirement, and they enlist his help in the matter.

Eventually, as Deepak had predicted to the women, a series of threats arise from Rajveer’s friend Ankit (Vijay Varma), who pushes for revenge. The threats result in Andrea being stalked and Falak losing her job. They are discouraged by a police officer from filing a complaint stating it would make their daily lives more miserable unless they relocate to another town or city. In reality, the local police are aware that the young men are "well connected" and are backed-up by Rajveer’s uncle Ranjit, a powerful influential politician from South Delhi.

Nevertheless, Minal files a complaint.

Immediately, the next day, Minal is kidnapped by Rajveer’s friends during her morning run. Deepak witnesses the incident but is unable to help in the heat of the moment even though he notes down the details and number plate of the car

Minal is threatened to stop filing complaints, blackmailed and is molested in the moving car and later dropped back home after all the commotion with a serious warning. A few days later, Minal is arrested by police from her apartment, based on a complaint from Rajveer labelling the women as prostitutes and charging Minal with attempted murder.

At this point, Deepak says enough is enough and visits Falak and Andrea at their apartment. Soon enough he helps them with the bail procedures and also in representing them in the court to plead their case.

In the courtroom, Rajveer’s lawyer, Prashant Mehra (Piyush Mishra), presents the following version of events:

Rajveer and his friends meet with Minal and her friends at a rock concert. The men invite the women for dinner at a hotel resort, where they have drinks. The women provoke the men, have intimate relations and thereafter demand money, all signs indicating that they are prostitutes. Rajveer refuses to pay and an enraged Minal hits him on the head with a bottle and flees. Prashant’s argument focuses on the poor moral character of the women. He pushes the idea that the friendly manner of the women, the fact that they attended a rock concert and the fact that they had drinks with the men indicate that they were prostitutes. Prashant attacks the fact that Minal has family in Delhi but chooses to live alone, Falak is in a relationship with an older man, and Andrea has moved to the city from Northeast India.

Contrary to this, Minal and her friends statement: that the men tried to sexually assault them. Minal alleges that Rajveer tried to rape her, and she attacked him with the bottle in self-defence.

Deepak’s argument focuses on the issue of consent and a woman’s right to say no.

A series of interesting and chilling courtroom arguments ensues in the following days.

Towards the end of the trial, Rajveer becomes enraged and provoked by the reputable and respected lawyer Deepak, revealing the truth by stating that the women “got what they deserved”.

Deepak criticizes the regressed views of the society where women are stereotyped as prostitutes if they come home late, move out of their home, want to be independent, drink and so on, but none of these applies to men.

In his closing remarks, Deepak mentions that his client said “no”. No means no and does not require further explanation. The women are acquitted while Rajveer, Ankit, and Dumpy are charged, with the duration of their sentences pending. Vishwajyoti is let off with a warning.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In early March 2016 Amitabh Bachchan revealed that he was shooting a film in Delhi. It was rumoured that the film was titled "Eve".[27] On 13 March Bachchan denied the rumours and announced through Twitter that the film is titled Pink.[28]

Director-producer Shoojit Sircar informed that Amitabh Bachchan accepted the role and Taapsee Pannu was their first choice.[29] Andrea Tariang was also selected to play the role of one of the girls in the film.[30][31] Tushar Pandey, Raashul Tandon and Arjun Chakraborty are making their debut with this film.[32]

Filming[edit]

The principal photography of the film began in New Delhi on International Women's Day, 2016.[15] The looks of Amitabh Bachchan in the movie was created by Shoojit Sircar however the idea of wearing the mask was suggested by Amitabh Bachchan since Delhi is very polluted.[33]

During the shoot, Amitabh Bachchan wandered the streets of New Delhi while wearing a costume in which the public could not recognise him.[34] Amitabh Bachchan finished filming his scenes in April 2016.[35]

Taapsee often broke down on the shooting sets as she felt her character was very strong and challenging.[36] She suffered from viral infection during the court scenes and wanted to dub later, however Shoojit felt that her illness would add more authenticity to the scenes.[37] Despite the hardships Taapsee enjoyed filming the scenes.[38]

The original climax of Rajvir and his friends winning the case was modified so as not to hurt the sentiments of the audience.[39]

A special screening of the film was held for Amitabh Bachchan's co stars and the leading ladies of Bollywood.[40] However Amitabh Bachchan could not attend the screening due to health issues.[41] Taapsee also arranged a special screening of the film for the Telugu film industry at Hyderabad.[42]

Bishan Singh Bedi, father of Angad Bedi, arranged a special screening of the film in Delhi which was attended by cricketers like Kapil Dev, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh.[43]

Marketing[edit]

Shoojit Sircar and Amitabh Bachchan questioned their fans on Twitter as to what they think the film title "Pink" is all about.[44] Times of India had opened a contest in which 5 lucky winners got a chance to meet Amitabh Bachchan and other 10 winners got free movie tickets of the movie -Pink.[45] The winners were announced on 15-September-2016.[46]

The world television premier was held on 23 – October 2016 on Star Gold and to commemorate the same, Amitabh Bachchan's house Jalsa, Carter Road Promenade and SNDT Women's University were illuminated in pink colour.[47]

The title of the film has no relationship as being the favourite colour of girls but rather conveys that, women should have the freedom to speak and walk freely at night.[48]

Soundtrack[edit]

Pink
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Jeenay De Mujhe"Faiza MujahidFaiza MujahidFaiza Mujahid03:58
2."Kaari Kaari"Tanveer GhaziShantanu MoitraQurat-ul-Ain Balouch06:27
3."Tujhse Hi Hai Roshni"Anupam RoyAnupam RoyAnupam Roy04:28
4."Pink"Anupam RoyAnupam RoyJonita Gandhi & EPR Iyer03:47
Total length:18:40

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Times of India4.5/5 stars
CNN-News184.5/5 stars
Mid Day4/5 stars
Hindustan Times4/5 stars
DNA News4/5 stars
The Statesman4/5 stars
India Today4/5 stars
Filmfare4/5 stars
Mumbai Mirror4/5 stars
The Indian Express3.5/5 stars

Pink was released to widespread critical acclaim. Meena Iyer of The Times of India and Shubha Shetty Saha of Indiatimes gave the film 4.5 stars.[49] Mayank Shekhar from Mid Day gave the film 4/5 stars, saying, "The film, up until the closing credits, does not even visually describe the said incident. It grips you still with a gently piercing background score, moments of silence and dialogue, building up the tension, while the audience wonders what really could have happened one unfortunate night when three girls found themselves in a Surajkund resort with three guys."[50]

Anna M.M. Vetticad of Firstpost called Pink a powerful film.[51] Filmfare, India Today, Mumbai MIrror, Hindustan Times, The Statesman, and DNA have given 4/5 stars, highly appreciating the superlative performances, especially of Amitabh Bachchan. Critics like Anusha Iyengar and Mayank Shekhar called it movie of the year. Namrata Joshi of The Hindu also praised the film.[14] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave the film 3.5 stars.[52]

Rajeev Masand from CNN-News18 rated the movie as 4.5/5 mentioning that "I left the cinema, my mouth dry at the end of Pink. This isn’t just an important film, but also excellently made. It’s a giant leap for Hindi cinema, and easily the best film this year".[53]

Box office[edit]

Pink grossed approximately 4.32 crore on first day in India.[54][55] The first weekend collection was 21.51 crore.[56][57]

At the end of 7 days the domestic box office collection was 35.91 crore.[58] Pink grossed 50 crore in first 10 days in India.[59][60]

The lifetime box office collections in India is 68 crores.[61]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s)/Nominee(s) Result References
National Film Awards 7 April 2017 Best Film on Social Issues Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Producer: Rashmi Sharma Films
Won [62]
Filmfare Awards 14 January 2017 Best Film Rashmi Sharma, Pawan Kumar, Shoojit Sircar and Sheel Kumar Nominated [63][64]
Best Actor Amitabh Bachchan Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kirti Kulhari Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch (For song "Kaari Kaari") Nominated
Best Dialogue Ritesh Shah Won
Star Screen Awards 4 December 2016 Best Film Pawan Kumar and Rashmi Sharma Won [65]
Best Actor Amitabh Bachchan Won
Best Dialogue Ritesh Shah Won
Best Editing Bodhaditya Banerjee Won
Stardust Awards 19 December 2016 Best Film Rashmi Sharma
Pawan Kumar
Nominated [66][67]
Best Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury Nominated
Best Actor(Male) Amitabh Bachchan Won
Best Screenplay Ritesh Shah Nominated
Best Debutant(Female) Andrea Tariang Nominated
Zee Cine Awards 11 March 2017 Best Film(Critics) Pink Won [68][69]
Best Film Pink Nominated
Best Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury Nominated
Best Actor- Male(Critics) Amitabh Bachchan Won
Best Actor(Male) Amitabh Bachchan Nominated
Best Story Ritesh Shah Nominated
Best Dialogue Ritesh Shah Won
Best Female Debut Andrea Tariang Nominated
Best Directorial Debut Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards 16 February 2017 Female Vocalist of The Year Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch - "Kaari Kaari" Nominated [70]
Upcoming Female Vocalist of The Year Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch - "Kaari Kaari" Nominated
Best Background Score Shantanu Moitra Nominated
AACTA Awards 6 December 2017 Best Asian Film Rashmi Sharma, Pawan Kumar, Shoojit Sircar and Sheel Kumar Nominated

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