In its second week, PINK has not just become a 50 crore grosser at the box-office, but has also stirred an igniting conversation on social media. The movie has garnered praises and had been applauded for its straightforward and unapologetic approach to misogyny and patriarchy. The movie underlines the core of what we lack in the perceptions of women today. A ”no means a no” is something which our society fails to understand leading to slut-shaming and sexual harassment for women.
The impact seems to be pretty powerful since it has led a woman to write a personalised letter to Taapsee. Sharing it on twitter, Taapsee confessed how this is exactly what she wanted her movie to earn.
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) September 29, 2016
The letter talks about Taapsee’s performance standing beyond her acting capabilities. The writer of it, Shrishti Mitra mentions how liberating and free the movie has made her feel – the freedom which is most often curbed in veil of patriarchal and traditional values we are grown with.
“I realized 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
Here’s the full text of 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
In a crowd of meaningless entertainment masala, churning out movies like PINK deserves appreciation and applaud to the makers for their courage and vision. We might still not be there, but little steps in Bollywood towards a cinema which delivers value is definitely flagging off CHANGE. After all, isn’t that what art, cinema, and culture meant to do all this while?