Movie Review: ‘PINK’ Is The New Black!

This week apart from the sloppy horror fest Raaz Reboot, one also witnessed the release of a small but dark movie by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury – PINK. Produced by Rashmi Sharma and Shoojit Sarkar, starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu, Kriti Kulhari, Andrea Taring, Angad Bedi and Piyush Mishra, PINK is a gritty and dark take on crimes done on women in a city like Delhi.

Three girls – Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) are staying together as tenants in a posh South Delhi locality and are normal working professionals in their respective fields. One night, after a rock concert they accept a dinner invitation from Rajveer (Angad Bedi), who is a relative of a powerful politician, and two others to a resort in Surajkund, Haryana. Rajveer is known to Minal through a common friend and therefore they go with the boys. Rajveer and his friends get drunk and try to molest Minal and her two roommates. Minal in the heat of the hour smashes a bottle on Rajveer’s face hurting his eye, leaving him bleeding.

In retaliation, Rajveer and his friends try to vacate the girls from their houses, threaten them over the phone and also abduct Minal and physically assault her. Minal is forced to file a FIR against Rajveer and his friends. Upon realization Rajveer lodges a wrong FIR against the girls, labeling them as prostitutes, using his powerful connections. Minal is charged for ‘Attempt to murder’ and for soliciting, where she could face imprisonment for more than 10 years if convicted.

Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) is a lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder who experiences frequent mood swings and has an ailing wife. He is also a neighbor of the three girls and witness their troubles & agrees to represent the girls in the court. The film revolves around how Deepak fights the girls’ case against these influential boys in the court.

Performances in the movie are a highlight. Every actor justifies their respective characters. Among the girls Tapsee Pannu and Kriti Kulhari do a wonderful job. This is the first time that these two actresses have got a meaty role to dig their teeth into. Amitabh Bachchan is in a great phase of his career. The legend is getting some of the best characters in his second innings which would make any actor from his generation envious of him. Angad Bedi is quite effective and so are the actors playing his friends. Dhritiman Chatterjee and Piyush Mishra in the role of a judge and prosecutor  quite remarkably.

The story, screenplay, and dialogues are quite powerful and not only gives the debutant director (in Hindi) Aniruddha a good scope to showcase his skills. The cinematography by Abhik Mukhopadhyay is quite nice and so is the editing by Bodhaditya Banerjee which is quite crisp. The background score is quite gripping however there is no scope for music in this realistic movie.

On the whole, this is a very good movie that everyone should watch at least once.

My Verdict: 4/5

Movie Review: Te3N – A must see thriller!

This week sees the release of one of the most exciting movies of the year – Te3n directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. After last year’s award-winning performance in Piku, Amitabh Bachchan returns with this Sujoy Ghosh produced whodunit  based on a Korean movie Montage, with Kolkata being the setting once again. Does the desi version of the Korean movie make a mark? Let’s find that out.

The film starts off with a flashback event featuring Inspector Martin (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and John Roy (Amitabh Bachchan). This is then followed by the religious daily visit of John Roy to the police station to meet Inspector Sarita Sarkar (Vidya Balan), regarding the kidnapping and killing of his granddaughter Angela Roy. The story then swing back and forth between the past and the present. Amidst all this, there also exists the story of the guilt filled Inspector-turned-Priest Martin Das, the very man who was in charge of Angela Roy’s case. While the police department including Inspector Martin Das gives up totally on the Angela Roy’s case, John Roy simply refuses to do so and vows to his wheelchair ridden wife that he will not take rest until he nails the innocent Angela Roy’s dreaded kidnapper and murderer. Around 8 years later, there occurs a kidnapping of a school going kid Ronny. The mysterious part about this kidnapping is that, it is totally similar to that of Angela Roy. That’s when the trio of Father Martin, Inspector Sarita Sarkar and John Roy set out to search the masterminded smart criminal. While Father Martin and Inspector Sarita Sarkar go the legal way, John Roy, despite his old age sets out on his own to nab the criminal. What happens after that are a series of twists and turns, which ultimately leads to a shocking revelation in the end. Does John Roy fulfil the promise that he had made to his wife, do Father Martin and Inspector Sarita Sarkar become successful in nabbing the culprit and what is the shocking revelation in the end is what forms the rest of the story.

Ribhu Dasgupta has done a brilliant job in handling the tight script and the veteran actors at the same breath. He stays true to the tone and genre of the movie and therefore one might find the proceedings going a bit slower in few scenes. Performances are top-notch whether it is Amitabh Bachchan or Nawazuddin or Vidya who try to get into the skin of their respective characters.

Music is average and considering the genre one might have very less expectations. The cinematography by Tushar Kanti Ray is wonderful. He captures the essence of Kolkata through his camera. Editing by Gairik Sarkar could have been tighter at certain portions (but no complaints considering the mood and tone of the movie).

On the whole, Te3N is a movie that will appeal to hardcore whodunit fans!

My Verdict: ***1/2