I know I am late to the party of celebrating Ajith’s movie choice, H. Vinoth’s detailing, Yuvan’s music and all Ajith Kumar’s fans feeling sad for not seeing their favorite star do some action scenes instead of talking in the court. When they announced Pink remake in Tamil, all I wanted was the filmmakers and the Star value doesn’t bring down the core of the movie. Fortunately nothing like that happened and I am extremely happy that someone with the Star power like Ajith starred in this movie.
When the movie was released, one my friend’s, a girl whose opinions I value a lot had a long argument about Pink, Nerkonda Paarvai and the film industry utilizing the raising uproar of feminism to its advantage. She wasn’t quite happy about this at all. On the other hand I see such movies aren’t preaching but give more or less moral science lessons for adults. In this time and age where women are slut shamed, body shamed for what they choose to do, this film stands a chance to teach its audiences about women’s choices and it is their choice alone, not yours to judge.
Some of the gripes I had with this movie and the original Pink was those creepy stares from the lead actors, they zoning out etc., Especially in Tamil after that particular fight sequence followed by the court scene where the girls doubt Ajith’s capability to take their case and present their situation, it wasn’t up to the mark of the original. Nevertheless, the message was passed and reached so many people for which I will completely forego these minor issues the movie had and considering the subject it handled. If the movie as a whole was bad then I would have had a problem but this movie handled so many things perfectly except for that Bi-polar disorder and unnecessary cliched flashback.
One good thing about remakes is that, the directors who take up the job can fix certain loopholes and make it ever better, I believe H. Vinoth tried the same with adding extra 15 minutes to the movie which I felt really unnecessary. This post is not just about the review of the movie but did the movie achieve its intent? I would like to share some personal anecdotes based on my online interactions with strangers.
Are Movies reflection of the society or are they just gimmicks?
Let’s see, I advocate the idea that films largely shape the opinion of people. Owing to its mass appeal and the visual medium it is, it ha the power to reach the masses easily and also can manipulate them with ease. I am one of those 90’s kids who grew up in a small town in the South of Tamilnadu. My understanding towards society, the big city and women were shaped by these movies, because you see the patriarchal and indoctrinated upbringing we have. We simply fall into the closet and never come out until and unless we are open enough to understand and respect others
So, you might ask why pose this question in the first place? Well, many believe that movies are a reflection of the society but in reality, society takes a lot from the movies and the movies take from society. It is not necessary that every movie should be message heavy, also it is okay for movies to have messages. Well, you might ask If the movies like Nerkonda Paarvai or Pink get a good box office, won’t it put a pressure on the producers to make such message heavy movies which would come out as pseudo-feminist or anti-feminist or half baked message heavy movies? (Remember I mentioned one of my friend’s in this blog post? She asked this question to me). Yes, we will get a whole lot of movies of that sorts and people will go crazy over those mediocre and propaganda movies. Well, we aren’t living in a utopia, some people get it right most don’t. To conclude the argument, movies are the reflection of the society is just a gimmick.
Did the movie achieve its intent?
To a larger extent, a big NO. People still think that the hero advocates the idea that women should know their limits and men gave their freedom. Well, they didn’t get the actual message there I guess. Is it because they are not ready to come out of the closet?
I really don’t know but movies like these should come very often. Every man and Woman should realize that women don’t bore the honor of certain Sect/Caste/Religion. Why put so much burden on women in the name of family honor or Caste honor? Who gave the rights to men that they can put Terms and Conditions applied? Well, that’s the privilege they think they have. The process of teaching equality is slow and painful but it is necessary and need of an hour.
The movie certainly did achieve its intent to an extent but not to the fullest which is completely understandable. One step at a time I guess and we have a long way to go. I highly recommend people to watch Nerkonda Paarvai (Tamil) or (Pink). It is okay that the film industry is utilizing the feminism uproar, until and unless they don’t give pseudo stuff we are good with appreciating such efforts.
So, What did you think about Pink or Nerkonda Paarvai. Come, lets have some fruitful discussion in the comments section.
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