Amitabh Bachchan shares picture of Pink's 'award-winning' team, and there's not a woman in sight

FP Staff

Sep 18, 2017 15:28:45 IST

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.

The film was, after all, touted as 'an important film for feminism' and a 'slap on the face' of those who uphold patriarchal norms.

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.

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.

Updated Date: Sep 18, 2017 15:42:13 IST

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