When I lived in Mumbai, I shared my flat with three other girls. We sought to find a family in the hustle-bustle of the dream city and we did achieve that goal. However, we all worked and had strenuous working hours, much to the tiredness of ours while judgments of many others. Due to our irregular working hours and the ‘provocative’ clothing, we were given a monthly notice by our landlord to vacate our flat. Stumbled beyond measure, we asked for help from our broker, the management of the society and yes some police officials too. Instead of getting help from these authorities, we further faced ridicules, often inviting derogatory remarks about our characters and getting questioned over our work, which somehow was perceived to be ‘soliciting’ in nature. We had to submit our paper works regarding our background and our job to sustain the livelihood we achieved with great difficulty.
The story of Pink is along the same line.
Pink is a beautiful story of how society fails its women while supporting the male, it is the story of how women from different spheres of life suffer at the hands of people, whom I love to call- moral cannibals. With its compelling portrayal of a system complicit with the influential in badgering the innocent is something we all have seen, heard of or experienced closely at some point in time. Only the degree of harassment varies. It gets more skewed when a woman is at the receiving end.
The movie speaks about how the women are perceived in the society and how their sexual history or acts can speak majorly for their characters. While on one hand, men are congratulated for their sexual activities, women have to hear undignified remarks about their character and are assassinated further along the same line.
Why is a woman’s character so easy to judge? What makes the society, comprising of both men and women, to base such futile rumors about a specific gender? Why is the process so easy, why don’t we fight for it, why can we not stop the gossip mills which are fueled by a mere act of a girl wearing shorts?
Every once in a life, we are confronted with a choice, a choice to either keep quiet or to fight for what is right. Pink answers the choice, the choice to be unabashed, the choice to be virtuous, the choice to remain dignified come what may, and lastly, the choice to live and work freely. Pink resonates the many choices that society lends to men but aren’t courteous in nature when it comes to women.
Pink is a path-breaking movie, which every individual must watch. Feminist or not, female or not, the movie should be viewed by all. There are few key moments that create history and in the current scenario of feminism, this movie speaks volumes in a span of 136 minutes.
It’s good to have a film stating categorically that a no is a no. That single working women are not a catch to be fondled with. That friendly girls are not promiscuous. That a shared drink doesn’t mean a woman is available. That it all boils down to a woman’s choice and consent. A no is a no, and in no scenario can it transform into a yes, whether the woman in question is some sex-worker or someone’s wife.
Pink resonates itself in the shushed voices of all women, in the daunted silence of their screams, in the broken spirit of their survival, in the reluctant words of their acceptability to society, in their pained vocal chords, in their shattered dreams, in their unraised voices, in their never-ending qualms, and of course, it resonates itself with every women whose NO has been configured or accepted to be a YES.
Watch it for the injustices that society collectively inflicts on women, watch it for amazing performances, watch it to get empowered and sad at the same time, watch it to shun some stereotypes perpetuating towards a woman’s sexuality, watch it for the public apathy, watch it for that beautiful poem voiced by Amitabh Bachchan, watch it to be a better person. Just, watch it.