Pink, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, produced by Shoojit Sircar, and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Vijay Varma, Angad Bedi, Tushar Pandey, Piyush Mishra, and more was a milestone in Hindi cinema. Well, at least it felt like that in the moment. Given how crimes against women are on the rise, I don’t know how much of an impact it actually had even though it got remade in Tamil as Nerkonda Paarvai in 2019 and in Telugu as Vakeel Saab in 2021.
Vakeel Saab is slated to release worldwide on April 9. It features Pawan Kalyan, Prakash Raj, Shruti Haasan, Nivetha Thomas, Anjali, Ananya Nagalla. It’s written and directed by Sriram Venu, produced by Raju and Shirish, co-produced by Harshith Reddy, and presented by Boney Kapoor. The cinematography is by P.S. Vinod, music by Thaman S., production design by Rajeevan, editing by Prawin Pudi, dialogues by Thiru, and *clears throat* action by Ravi Verma.
I know that Pawan Kalyan has a massive fandom. To them I want to say that if you’re happy with this, that’s great. I am sure my words mean nothing to you. Hope you have an amazing and safe time when it releases. Cool? Cool.
Are they gone? Okay, here are my thoughts. When I watched Pink for the first time, I thought that it was amazing. Maybe a little poorly shot. But the story felt important as it aptly reflected the times the so-called modern society was living in. However, it’s legacy kind of changed over the years as people highlighted the fact that the movie heavily played into the White Knight trope and how the involvement of Amitabh Bachchan put the spotlight on him rather than the women and the issue itself. So, even though his dialogues were heavily shared, the impact was lost because the focus was on the fact that Bachchan Sr. was giving this amazing performance. So, with that in my mind when you see the trailer of Vakeel Saab, it’s evident that the makers have also clearly taken the wrong message.
I cannot comment on the quality of Vakeel Saab itself but nothing about it screams women empowerment. This feels like just another vehicle to promote Pawan Kalyan’s star power. And anybody who says that they don’t see that are clearly lying through their teeth. I don’t know what kind of a message this movie will send to its target audience but I will pray that it’s positive in nature.
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