Pink trailer: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu film promises riveting viewing
It was just a little while ago that we saw Amitabh Bachchan in a riveting thriller — Te3n.
Bachchan gained a whole lot of appreciation for his role in Te3n, as that of an old man who is unwilling to give up investigating the kidnapping of his grand-daughter several years ago.
Now, Bachchan has returned in another thriller — a courtroom drama this time.
In Pink, Bachchan plays a lawyer arguing the case of three women (including Taapsee Pannu) who are held by the police on an attempt to murder charge.
As the case unravels in the courtroom, details emerge: that the women were possibly sexually assaulted by the men who are now being held as the victims, that the incident itself isn't as cut-and-dried as it seems, but has several layers.
The trailer, however, also provides a telling indictment of the way in which survivors of sexual assault are victimised by the legal process: Bachchan's character asks Taapsee's questions about her sexual history, what happened between her and the attacker; while another lawyer asks one of the women if she has been soliciting sex.
What makes some scenes in Pink spooky is the implied violence, and also Bachchan's 'look' — a mask that covers half his face in several of the sequences. At the trailer launch for Pink, the superstar mentioned that his 'look' was designed entirely by Shoojit Sircar (who is producing the film along with Ronnie Lahiri) except for the mask. He added that he was wearing the mask during rehearsals — a necessity in the face of the pollution in Delhi — and Sircar insisted that it be retained in the film as well. As for all the provocative dialogues he delivers in the film, Bachchan said: "They are absolutely necessary and because of that I did not have any qualms".
Incidentally, Shoojit Sircar said that while its script was being written, Pink was envisaged as being set in Kolkata. However, since Sircar has lived in Delhi, he felt it would be "more appropriate to have Delhi as the backdrop".
Incidentally, Pink actress Taapsee Pannu has also lived in Delhi, which, she says, made the role relatable. "This was the easiest and most difficult role to play — at the same time," the actress said at the launch. "Easy because I have lived in Delhi and (the city) is relatable, difficult because the character was emotionally very draining."
Pink is directed by Bengali filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, who previously helmed the 2006 National award-winning film Antaheen. It is expected to release in September this year.
Watch the trailer for Pink here:
Updated Date: Aug 09, 2016 15:24:49 IST