Pink is the new black

Pink follows the lives of three women in South Delhi who are recovering from sexual violation by a group of Delhi men.

In the movie Meena (Tapsee pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) are young, independent and modern women. One night they go to a rock concert and then go out for drinks with some men. The men automatically assume acceptance of the drinks offer directly translates to a sexual transaction. After all only a “loose” women would agree to go out for drinks. After the unfortunate incident where one man forces himself on Meena, she files a police complaint against the man. What ensues is a series of rape threats and harassment from the man and influential friends.

The film is thus about the trauma of rape and of being a woman in a society that ignores and exploits one’s lived experiences. The movie begs women to not see rape as a permanent stain on their societal reputation but demands them to fight for their bodily rights which no one can infringe upon.

Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary’s film also takes the aspect of ‘consent’ as its central theme. It is a hard hitting movie that talks about sexual consent and proves to us that ‘No’ is a sentence in itself which doesn’t require any further justification.

However, the movie comes with its own problems. A film that aims to talk about gender equality has a male lawyer (Amitabh Bachchan) defending the rights of the women. A female lawyer would have been a lot more empowering. Usually when a woman makes a convincing argument she is taken less seriously than her male counterpart. By featuring a female lawyer, it would have addressed this issue as well.

Another loophole in the plot was the unproductive depiction of mental illness. It was only mentioned that Amitabh Bachchan suffers through some mental health problem and hence he is unfit to be a parctising lawyer. This further stigmatised the people dealing with mental illnesses.

Despite this, it deals with the uncountable problems that women face in the urban setting of a metropolitan city of Delhi. It also forces us to realise that education alone cannot help deal with the sexism that’s prevalent in our society. It succeedes in bringing the conversation about gender eqaulity and patriarchy in the mainstream.

Courtsey: Soham Sen



Saakshi Saxena