Pink was released on 16 September 2016. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) granted the film a U/A certificate with 4 verbal cuts. The film was a clear winner at the Indian box office, and received a very positive response from both the audience and critics. It has been considered as the most successful solo film for Amitabh Bachchan in recent times.
Plot 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 the nephew of a powerful politician from South Delhi, and two others to a resort in Surajkund, Faridabad district, Haryana. Rajveer is known to Minal through a common friend. Rajveer and his friends get drunk, and so do Minal and her friends. Seeking the opportunity, the three men separate the three girls from each other. Rajveer then tries to molest Minal, despite her telling him no. Minal picks up a bottle and smashes it on Rajveer's eye, leaving him bleeding. Seeking revenge, Rajveer and his friends try to vacate the girls from their houses by threatening them and the landlord. Minal is even kidnapped and molested by Rajveer's friends in a moving car. Minal (with the support of her friend) is finally forced to approach the police with the intention of filing a FIR against Rajveer and his friends. However, knowing Rajveer and his family, the female police officer on duty does not register the complaint. Upon realisation, Rajveer lodges a false FIR against the girls, labelling them as prostitutes, using his powerful contacts. Minal is then charged for attempted murder and for soliciting, where she could face imprisonment for more than 10 years, if convicted. The other girls are labelled as co-accused. Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) is a retired lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder who experiences frequent mood swings and has an ailing wife (Mamata Shankar). He is also a neighbour of Minal, Falak and Andrea. He witnesses their troubles and after consultation with his wife, represents the girls in the court as their defence counsel. The film revolves around how Deepak fights and wins the girls' case against the influential boys.
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Amitabh Bachchan as Deepak Sehgal
Swaroopa Ghosh as Uma Di
In early March 2016 Amitabh Bachchan revealed that he was shooting a film in Delhi. It was rumoured that the film was titled "Eve". On 13 March Bachchan denied the rumours and announced through Twitter that the film is titled Pink.
Director-producer Shoojit Sircar informed that Amitabh Bachchan accepted the role and Tapsee Pannu was their first choice. Shillong girl Andrea Tariang was also selected to play the role of one of the girls in the film. Tushar Pandey, Raashul Tandon and Vijay Verma are making their debut with this film.
The shooting of the film began in New Delhi on International Women's Day, 2016. The looks of Amitabh Bachchan in the movie was created by Shoojit Sircar however the idea of wearing the mask was suggested by Amitabh Bachchan since Delhi is very polluted.
During the shoot, Amitabh Bachchan wandered the streets of New Delhi while wearing a costume in which public cannot recognise him. Amitabh Bachchan finished filming his scenes in April 2016.
Taapsee often broke down on the shooting sets as she felt her character was very strong and challenging. She suffered from viral infection during the court scenes and wanted to dub later, however Shoojit felt that her illness would add more authenticity to the scenes. Despite the hardships Taapsee enjoyed and had lots of fun while filming the scenes.
The original climax of Rajveer and his friends winning the case was modified so as not to hurt the sentiments of the audience.
A special screening of the film was held for Amitabh Bachchan's costars and the leading ladies of Bollywood. However, Amitabh Bachchan could not attend the screening due to health issues. Taapsee also arranged a special screening of the film for the Telugu film industry at Hyderabad.
Bishan Singh Bedi arranged a special screening of the film in Delhi which was attended by cricketers like Kapil Dev, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh.
|The Times of India|
|The Indian Express|