Reviewer: Dr Asma Sayed
In the last few decades, rape culture has increasingly become a mainstream issue around the world; discussions about sexual violence and misogyny have come to the front for a number of reasons. Film, in particular, as a cultural document, has captured socio-cultural desires and fears around sexual violence. Some directors in India are taking up this subject in their films; Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s latest film Pink (2016) is one example.
Pink is a story of three young working women, Meenal (Taapsee Pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari), and Andrea (Tariang), who share a flat in Delhi. One evening, the three women were in the company of young men, and after a party gone wrong, Minal hits one of the men with a beer bottle in order to save herself from being molested. Following the event, these women are continuously stalked and harassed. Rajveer (Angad Bedi), the injured man, and his other friends, are all protected by political power. The case finally ends in the court where Meenal, Falak, and Andrea are subjected to the kind of questioning which, unfortunately, is all too common in cases of sexual assault. As the women are defended by their lawyer, Deepak Shegall (Amitabh Bachchan), their characters are up for public dissection, and the three women are subjected to humiliation as the accused men try to prove that the women were prostitutes; the men continually perpetuate rape myths and portray the women as ‘asking for it.’