Last month, at the Pink trailer launch, Amitabh Bachchan had expressed his wish to see a rape-free India. His latest offering Pink, which opened in theatres on Friday (September 16), talks about gender violence and victimisation women face in India.
Just two days ago, two teenage girls were gangraped in front of their two male friends in outer Delhi’s Aman Vihar by five boys from their neighbourhood.
When we asked if such crimes take place due to a fault in the upbringing or absence of a strict deterrent, Big B told indianexpress.com, “Yes absolutely. In whichever environment you grow up, somewhere down the line it surely affects you. There has to be a sense of awareness among the people in the society. Whenever wherever these things happen, the entire country gets worried about it. It’s very sad that yesterday only we all were discussing about the same issue and I got a message from a journalist that two girls were gangraped in a park by five boys. And it happens in every part of the country. It’s not like it happens in Delhi or Mumbai in particular. My heart aches when I hear about such incidents.”
In the movie, Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of an elderly lawyer who is seen questioning a woman about her virginity and her character. The actor, a firm supporter of women’s empowerment, said, “If you are asking a woman about her virginity, you should ask a man about his virginity too. Why there has to be a difference? The thing is when you ask a woman whether she is a virgin or not, normally it is taken as some kind of a wrong doing and it adds a question mark at the end. And when you ask the same question to a man, it adds an exclamation mark like he has done something to be proud of. Why does this happen?”
For the first time on screen, Amitabh Bachchan has played the role of a character of a lawyer. When asked how he prepared for the role, Big B said, “Whatever the writer had written for me, I completely followed that only. The script was well researched and references were taken from real experiences. And we always had an advocate on sets who was there to guide us throughout the film’s shoot. Whenever we used to make any mistake or speak something wrong, he used to point out those mistakes. So I only spoke and did whatever the writer had written for me.” (Pink movie review: This film blazes its way into your conscience)
Shoojit Sircar’s Pink, which also stars Taapsee Pannu, Andrea Taring, Kriti Kulhari and Angad Bedi in lead roles, has opened to theatres with positive response from viewers and critics alike and has been receiving rave reviews for every character that the film has portrayed.