Amitabh Bachchan-Taapsee Pannu starrer Pink has completed two weeks successfully at the box office collecting over 50 crores and has been winning hearts. The powerful mainstream Bollywood film is being widely celebrated as a film that conveys the message so clearly without beating around the bush, without prevaricating or using obfuscatory language. It also tells us a great deal about the country we live in, and the social mores that its women have had to live by, buried under crippling patriarchy, misogyny and a sense of mistaken shame
As the audience, particularly women can relate to the everyday harassment and prejudice faced by them in the Indian society. The women have lauded the film and said the film portrays the basic but most pertinent thing that, “a no means NO”.
The realistic problems portrayed in the film has touched the heart of the audience and one such woman decided to write a letter to Taapsee Pannu, who played one of the female leads in the film. A Twitter user by the name Shristhi Mitra, wrote a open letter to Pannu to thank her and acknowledge her step for initiating something powerful that could enable some changes in the society.
In a handwritten letter, Mitra wrote, “I know the movie has done well and many congratulations to you on that. The reason I write to you is because this is much more than a film to me. It is a lesson in freedom and liberation.” Well, we are sure it has been liberating more many women out there who often faced the dilemma to decide whether they should raise their voice or not. Realising this dilemma, Mitra beautifully writes, “I realised that values and traditions are not everything, and no matter how much you uphold them, there will come a time when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is convenient.”
— shristhi mitra (@shristhimitra) September 29, 2016
She also questioned, the advice Indian girls are mostly given about how to behave and to remain silent, and she aptly says that when this silence travels into our adulthood, we do not know how to prevent it or deal with it.
Mitra, noted that for the actor it may have been a role that she has powerfully projected, but that has “transformed many lives.” She adds, “You have made girls strong, you have given them a reason to think about themselves, to love themselves enough to fight the odds in society.”
She agreed that “complete transformation of the society will take some time”, but thanked Pannu for taking the first step of change. “That’s what matters,” added Mitra.
Moved by the letter Pannu retweeted it and replied, “Now this has got my eyes moist. Deeply moved! Now that is y we say #pink is a movement now! Let’s all be a part of this CHANGE.”
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) September 29, 2016
Here’s the full text of what Mitra wrote in her letter.
Hope you are well. Before you wonder who I am, let me tell you that you don’t know me at all. But I felt the need and urge to write this letter to you after I watched Pink. I know the movie has done well and many congratulations to you on that. The reason I write to you is because this is much more than a film to me. It is a lesson in freedom and liberation.
Perhaps, not many would get what I am saying. I come from a small town called
Shimla. I have grown up in a pretty middle class set up, which has always taught me to uphold my values and traditions. However, when I moved out of Shimla and started continuing my studies in Delhi, I realised that values and traditions are not everything, and no matter how much you uphold them, there will come a time when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is convenient. We are taught very early in life to keep our mouth shut when we want to share something that goes against family traditions. As girls, we are silenced more often but what we forget is the silence in our childhood transforms into silence in our adulthood as well. We get used to being a certain type, talking in a certain tone, and behaving in a certain manner no matter what the circumstances.
The instances portrayed in the film, we have all gone through in our lives. But how many of us have had the courage to stand up and say ‘I am right, they are wrong’ not many Taapsee. For you it may have been just a role that you essayed but trust me, you have transformed many lives, many mindsets. You have made girls strong, you have given them a reason to think about themselves, to love themselves enough to fight the odds in society. You have done what many actors haven’t been able to do. As a girl and as an actor, you should be proud that today you have managed to make a difference. Maybe every girl will not have the courage or willpower yet. Maybe the complete transformation of the society will take some time. Maybe it will still take some time for people to understand that ‘no means no’. But you have made a start, and that’s what matters.
Lots of love,
A proud woman