As Bollywood is gradually delving in a diverse set of subjects, it is also gaining an international identity. After Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’, it is time for filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s ‘Pink’ to be screened at the United Nations.
As Bollywood shifts focus from the tried-and-tested formula of making romantic ballads to more piece-of-life content-driven cinema, with recent examples like Queen, Udta Punjab, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and Dear Zindagi, Hindi films are procuring global acknowledgement.
One such film that came as a much-needed guidebook underlining issues such as prejudices against women and their degree of freedom in the patriarchal Indian society, was Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s ‘Pink’, released in September this year, that strives to explain what some men may find hard to understand – a ‘no’ from a woman means ‘no’.
Impressed by the movie, the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the film for a special screening at the United Nations. The invitation is a part of the campaign named ‘16 voices’ to raise awareness against violence against women, which will go on till December 10.
T 2453 – ‘PINK’ invited for a special screening of the film at UN Head Quarters, in New York .. by Assitant Secretary General .. honoured ! pic.twitter.com/aWHOYt1RIS
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 25, 2016
As India is striving to eliminate preconceptions about the modern working women, Pink shows the darker side of India’s capital, New Delhi where three regular working women are subjected to endless harassment, solely based on some prejudices that define a so called good woman. Not only the physical abuse, the film also showcases the profound emotional breakdown and mental trauma that women go through during and after molestations and sexual assault of different forms.
The film takes a deep look at the socio-political position of Indian women and how they are still judged on the basis of their dressing, drinking habits and the time when they return home.
Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Angad Bedi, Andrea Tariang and Piyush Mishra, the film won everyone’s hearts and brought forward a powerful message that came in at the right time.