Has Bollywood finally graduated from the song and dance routines in Switzerland? We all love our star-studded extravaganzas, the ones that take us to exotic locations and let us watch hot people run around romancing, with no scowling aunties or gossipy neighbours to bar their way. But it’s always a refreshing change, not to mention a needed one, when a movie steps away from that routine to address social issues, and this seems to be happening, thankfully, a lot more frequently. The latest movie to do this is Shoojit Sircar and Aniruddha Roy Choudhry’s Pink, starring Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan in its lead roles.
The movie’s a must watch, not only because of the issues it tackles (the all too pervasive one of India’s horribly patriarchal society), but also the way it handles them.
In fact, many female reviewers have called it all too realistic, as it nails perfectly the morbid fear that comes with being a woman and pursuing, in this country, the justice so often denied to those who encounter some form of sexual assault. Not convinced despite the big names attached and the subject? Check out the BBC’s review here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37426720