Amitabh Bachchan shares picture of Pink's 'award-winning' team, and there's not a woman in sight
Amitabh Bachchan is a proud man, and he has many reasons to be. It may have been close to a year since the critically acclaimed film Pink, starring Bachchan in one of the most pivotal roles, was released, and five months since it won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues, but we'll let him bask in that glory.
Bachchan wanted to celebrate the fact that a year had passed since Pink was released, and to mark the occasion, he posted a picture of the film's team.
T 2549 - The team of 'PINK' .. all in one frame .. and .. ALL, independent, individual .. NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS !!🙏 pic.twitter.com/uQV55nUQsO
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 16, 2017
He called them 'independent, individual, National Award-winners'. And in case it isn't adequately clear, they're all men. This is a film that was hailed as paying close attention to sexual violence by focusing on rape. It shed light on victim blaming, how survivors are treated in court, and how the decisions of a woman (to live alone, to have premarital sex) can be used against her in a patriarchal society. But it seems as though the lessons it teaches are limited to the veneer of the silver screen. It's a little astounding that a film centered on women's issues has ostensibly zero women in its core team. Are women's inputs on a film such as Pink not necessary? Was not one woman capable of finding a place in the film's team? This is hardly a new phenomenon in the Hindi film industry, where women are not entrusted with large projects and films starring only women in the lead roles often fail to find funding. This picture is reflective of the fact that there are so few women involved in the making of films, at decision-making and technical positions. But it also sheds light on another detail — films like Pink need a man at the center to be able to get a fair chance. If it weren't for Amitabh Bachchan, the film probably would not have received the investment it did. It may not have gotten as much mainstream attention either. In India, women still 'need' men to voice their concerns, quite literally. Maybe what's most striking is Bachchan (and the Pink team's) tone-deaf attitude towards the issue. But the irony is never lost on Twitter.
Something's missing... right? 🙄 https://t.co/3H44Mm4kDH
— Karnika Kohli (@KarnikaKohli) September 17, 2017
Can't see those three girls who lived independently, how they face society, how they face their morals. Pl repost with their pics too, sir — rahul verma (@rahulverma08) September 16, 2017
A national award winning film about women's dignity and rights but the celebration above has only meṅ in the frame. Wrong messaging sir
— Monica Jasuja (@jasuja) September 17, 2017
Not the entire team of PINK. The three female protagonists- they would make it a TEAM. — Murukesh Krishnan (@MURUKESHK) September 16, 2017
Updated Date: Sep 18, 2017 15:42:13 IST
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