Recently I was touched by watching the newly released Hindi movie – Pink. The movie is about three girls Minal, Falak and Andrea who are molested by Rajveer and his friends, while at dinner hosted by the latter. Minal says NO to Rajveer’s acts but when it crosses the limits; she smashes a bottle on his head in self-defence and runs away from the scene, leaving him bleeding.
To avenge this insult, Rajveer along with his friends tries to disturb the girls by making them vacate their rented house. They kidnap Minal and molest her in a moving car. Unable to bear this torture, Minal is forced to lodge a police complaint. As Rajveer is related to a powerful politician, the police file a false FIR against the girls instead of taking action against the miscreants. Minal is labelled as a prostitute and charged with attempt of murder.
Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan), a retired lawyer living in the neighbourhood of the girls, comes to their rescue. He tries to secure a bail for Menal. The long legal battle that follows in the courtroom is interesting. The opponent lawyer tries to prove the girls guilty by manipulating the witnesses and the situation. But Amitabh Bachchan argues and proves that these girls are just and are victims of prejudice, male domination and sexual abuse.
This movie is a simple one without any great scenes, action, songs, suspense or fun. But it has surely affected and questioned the mindset with which women are perceived, judged and ridiculed in our country, leaving the audience pondering and ashamed. In the movie three men try to forcefully go against the will of the women by not respecting their dignity. Many of us who think ourselves to be righteous are no less at fault. We try to force our thoughts or expectations on others. Women are judged to have loose character based on their behaviour and habits. If a woman drinks, smokes, returns home late, talks freely with men and dresses in a modern way, she is misunderstood. We have failed to walk in others’ shoes, respect their dignity and allow them to enjoy their freedom. The message of the movie is powerful and clear. Each one has his or her right to exercise freedom. No one can interfere or restrict it or force one’s views on others. It is not others who have to change their way of living, but it’s we who have to change our way of thinking.
By Sch Ovin Rodrigues SJ