Saheli Dey: Metropolitan affluent Indians, mainly youths, are ruled by the western trends, since British Raj. But they fail to follow the western civilization. Indians, who have adopted, westernization, to the fullest, believe in professing it too. They take part in late night parties, rock concerts. Following the western fashions, the Indian cultural heritage seems to decay. But, not for, all.
The question that arises is how advantageous is the adoption of trendy corporate lifestyle! Does it really have any benefit? This is certainly a good option for those who believe in this corporate culture, those who believes in partying late. But this ‘right’ is not applicable to all among the 1.25 billion Indians. Hence, criticism is inevitable. It is bound to take place.
Wondering why I am suddenly speaking of westernization and the Indian culture?
Let me explicate on 2 different yet connecting examples to convey my reflection clearly. The first incident is the tragic death of Aabesh Dasgupta. The coverage of the incident by the media was such, it could have been concluded that ‘No means No’ to alcohol and such standards of living. It could have been again said that no one would drink at all; no one would participate in late or whole night parties. The pubs must, should and would close down at 8pm. But did that occur? This incident has been almost forgotten by the so-called elites and corporate genre.
The second incident would be the arrests of the Park Street gang rape accused. But did people stop seeing Late Suzette Jordan in evil eye? After the incident, she had been refused any job and a proper place to stay. The recently released PINK has a good relevance with this incident.
Pink is a must watch for every Indian, especially those who are judgemental. All those associated with the making of ‘Pink’ must take a deep bow for producing a powerful movie with a strong message reflecting the evils of the society. This brave Hindi mainstream movie focuses on the lives of 3 free-spirited young women who live and deal with daily issues which young women all over the world will identify and relate to.
But how far has PINK successfully percolated through the feudal minds of our society? The social issue which has been discussed in the movie still exists in several of our society, where still now the rapes or molestations are being hardly reported.
There was a scene where Minal ( Splendid work by Tapsee Pannu ), was walking along with Mr.Sehgal, in a park, when two guys who pass these comments on the former, “ Dekho woh kaandwali “ ( That girl who committed the sin ) and Minal reacts to that by covering her head. Sehgal immediately removes it. What a scene! Amitabh Bachchan through his character conveys here without uttering a word that she needn’t have to feel low about herself, as it’s totally not her fault! But how many Mr. Sehgals are there?
When I was watching this movie at a theatre, I found several men, sitting in front of me, laughing to the dialogue mentioned above. It must be presumed that they support such view towards women. I strongly believe that the men in the theatre did not have the mental acumen to communicate with such movies. Even today, the so-called ego is a sexist way too strong for many men to give space the opposite gender.
But exemplary movies cannot change a society all of a sudden. Which needed is for the same message and essence, to upgrade the audience. We need to devise ways of taking this message to the society. Still now, the function of the ‘mass media’ fails because of the educated, affluent, however uncultured and unreasonable middle class Indian mindsets.
I watched the movie 3 days back. But all these 3 days I still had to rush out of my office in time, to get an auto/bus, to reach home for household jobs. Does ‘Pink’ really can change this society? Not yet.
Pink is about women, who stay away from their homes, who work for some companies and believe in having fun during the weekends. They wear the clothes they’re comfortable with and party during their leisure, to relieve their stress. Do you think they’re wrong? Women can do anything they want and desire. But the more they decide on such freedom in their minds, the more do they get struck down by the male dominated way of thinking. So does the society need a change or does a woman who wants to enjoy liberty need to change?
Hearing the question, “Are You Virgin” by Amitabh Bachchan in a Bollywood film is meaningful. But how many are ready to give bold answers to such questions in our ill-educated society.
The bottomline is (as per PINK), when a girl says No, she means No. It means go away, don’t bother me. It can also be a prelude to stronger language if the aggressor in question refuses to back off. The young woman can wear short skirts or jeans. She can be present at rock concerts. She can laugh and reach out to a young man in a friendly fashion. She can have a drink or two in his company. She can even be, sexually experienced.
But does anyone pays heed to this NO?
PINK does stand as an important film of 2016, but which is the relevance of it with blind eyes? PINK strongly points out its social message, but the many of the viewers fail to grab the message. PINK boldly portrays the much-needed woman character, but the many of us fail to see the woman in bold avatar. PINK strongly proves that good prevails over evil, but our society is still looking for ways to turn evil into good. PINK ultimately proves that we can change, but many of us shout and say, we cannot (and unwilling to) change. PINK is a successful movie, but our culturally half-breed mindset is a lethargic giant posing itself as a hindrance to its success.