Starring the most iconic actor Amitabh Bachchan, as well as Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, and Andrea Tariang, the movie PINK focuses on how three young women face the accusations against them with the help of a retired lawyer.
Such movies where they openly talk about sex, virginity, and rape are not so common in Bollywood, which is why this movie is so important. Throughout the entire time, it didn’t feel like I was watching a movie; it felt I was seeing the struggle that so many South Asian women go through. Minal is accused of attempt to murder, and labeled as prostitutes along with her two friends Falak and Andrea after she uses self-defense when Rajeev, nephew of a well connected and powerful politician, attempted to rape her.
Now, what bothers me the most about this situation was the irrelevant things the defense lawyer of Rajeev was trying to use as proof: “The girls were drinking, they provoked the boys, they were laughing, they do not live with their families, so they need money, etc.”
I am sorry but, since when does a girl laughing at your jokes mean she is giving consent? Or just because she is independent and living on her own, does it mean she has no morals?
There are a few scenes of the girls having a breakdown, and it sends chills down my entire body and breaks my heart. There are so many women out there that go through this but are not able to stand up due to family and society, or even when they do stand up, and they do not get justice.
The movie, especially the last court scene of “NO MEANS NO,” is something that all men across South Asia must watch. All those women who have been through such torture but have stayed quiet to protect their family’s name must know they have the right to stand up against such men.
After decades, Bollywood has finally given us such a brilliant and powerful movie that clearly, without hesitation, shows the reality of what women must go through. So, thank you to the entire team of PINK for making such an important movie. I hope this starts to bring change to the way women are treated and viewed in the South Asian community.