Pink crawls under your skin. And stays there. It drives home the “She said No” message many times over. The first half is nail-biting. In comparision, the second half pales but only just. Kudos to director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and writer Ritesh Shah for crafting and delivering a superb argument on the nuances of consent.
The three lead characters are etched out superb: Single Delhi girls we could encounter anywhere. We get just enough information and yet they remain mysterious and anonymous. Taapsee Pannu returns with her spunk and delivers a punchy yet restrained performance. Kirti Kulhari is superb, just a few films old – this should set her on the fame path. Andrea Tariang is appropriate.
Angad Bedi as the entitled rich brat is excellent. Without his potent performance, there would be no Pink.
Amitabh Bachchan plays the eccentric lawyer with equal restraint and fire. The outcome is a class act which is expected and effective. When that voice speaks, we listen.
The biggest win of Pink is that it designs a real life-like situation as a slick thriller. It sticks in a gripping storyline and conveys a strong message with heart.
A group of guys were sitting right behind us as we watched it. Loud, cheery and unruly almost. They left sober. So did we all.
cinemaspotter rating: 3.5 out of 5