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PINK

​Many of us wonders about the title PINK. It is a common street slang in many countries, that refers to the female genital that is bought, with violence. The movie is based on PINK, not as a feminine colour of sweetness or delicacy but the violence on women liberty.

The movie truly brings many social garbage out in the open but the patriarchal society must have that patience and wisdom to accept its flaws and correct them. Regrettably that never happens. Everyone claps after watching a movie like this, comments on the social miscounduct, corruption, absurd authority figures, then sleeps and forgets everything they learnt from it.

It is true that if the same incident happens the very next day in our society, all those figures who just exclaimed the movie PINK as an awesome portrayal of social superstitions and brutal patriarchy, will again blame the women for their lack of clothing, or lack of self composure or anything related to the so called female posterity.

Girls are taught not to be late at night, their deadline is more vital than of a boy’s. It is obvious to the girls when they reach their puberty, that it is for their own protection. But surprisingly, no girl ever asks, protection from whom? A brother? A friend? A boy friend? A stranger?(why would strangers do any harm to each other) As ofcourse, not many of us are that great enough to manufacture a few enemies.

No, girls don’t think that because that is not how they saw their society to be. They only saw wolves roaming in the roads at night, not men. They do not ask their parents to teach their brothers discipline or criticise their mothers for not returning the taunts, their fathers settled upon women standards or place contrary views infront of their father’s eyes; they just swallow it all. And there lies our biggest problem.

Our undisrupted Silence.

Patriarchy is an ancient system, therefore it is a solid structure. Few movies like this won’t be able to put a dent in its hood, unless we penetrate it with our sagacity. As it seems, educating boys is far more necessary than educating girls about social conducts.

There was a common bengali proverb “Already awake can not be awakened”. That is our situation. It not that we don’t know our system’s flaws, but we refuse to solve them, rather we enjoy cursing the system at breakfast. We do not need movies or books to tell us about our faulty system but we need to realise the message they are giving, which is – play your part in the society. Criticise, comment on social conducts, resent corruption and most importantly, value and respect each other, cause at the end of the day, we are all in this together.

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PINK

​Many of us wonders about the title PINK. It is a common street slang in many countries, that refers to the female genital that is bought, with violence. The movie is based on PINK, not as a feminine colour of sweetness or delicacy but the violence on women liberty.

The movie truly brings many social garbage out in the open but the patriarchal society must have that patience and wisdom to accept its flaws and correct them. Regrettably that never happens. Everyone claps after watching a movie like this, comments on the social miscounduct, corruption, absurd authority figures, then sleeps and forgets everything they learnt from it.

It is true that if the same incident happens the very next day in our society, all those figures who just exclaimed the movie PINK as an awesome portrayal of social superstitions and brutal patriarchy, will again blame the women for their lack of clothing, or lack of self composure or anything related to the so called female posterity.

Girls are taught not to be late at night, their deadline is more vital than of a boy’s. It is obvious to the girls when they reach their puberty, that it is for their own protection. But surprisingly, no girl ever asks, protection from whom? A brother? A friend? A boy friend? A stranger?(why would strangers do any harm to each other) As ofcourse, not many of us are that great enough to manufacture a few enemies.

No, girls don’t think that because that is not how they saw their society to be. They only saw wolves roaming in the roads at night, not men. They do not ask their parents to teach their brothers discipline or criticise their mothers for not returning the taunts, their fathers settled upon women standards or place contrary views infront of their father’s eyes; they just swallow it all. And there lies our biggest problem.

Our undisrupted Silence.

Patriarchy is an ancient system, therefore it is a solid structure. Few movies like this won’t be able to put a dent in its hood, unless we penetrate it with our sagacity. As it seems, educating boys is far more necessary than educating girls about social conducts.

There was a common bengali proverb “Already awake can not be awakened”. That is our situation. It not that we don’t know our system’s flaws, but we refuse to solve them, rather we enjoy cursing the system at breakfast. We do not need movies or books to tell us about our faulty system but we need to realise the message they are giving, which is – play your part in the society. Criticise, comment on social conducts, resent corruption and most importantly, value and respect each other, cause at the end of the day, we are all in this together.

Break the taboo about Menstruation

Many don’t even know what is Menstruation or more commonly known as periods. Well, it is a biological cycle a woman goes through every month since puberty till menopause ( i.e. around 50-55 years old). Every month an egg becomes fertile in a woman’s womb and when that egg is not fertilized by a sperm, it comes out from the womb with a hell lot of blood through the genital. Now many might be thinking that oh my god it’s a nasty process, and lets keep quiet about this. Or, what is the need to talk about this? It’s a thing between women and lets keep it that way. Or some kid might be thinking that wow, it is an interesting reading material as this is something the adults prohibits to speak of or rather never speaks of it themselves. Even the mention of the word ‘period’ publicly in India is enough to make women uncomfortable and men cringe.

First of all, this is not a thing between only women, as every adult, men or women know of this process and avoid speaking of it, as most of the women are ashamed of it and men think of it as a sensitive issue and acts to know nothing of it.

To all women, learn to be proud of your own sex. Menstruation is related to motherhood, it is a process that enables you to give birth to a new life in this world, and the blood that leaves your body is as pure as heavenly spirit, it contains stem cells that could save life. So stop being prejudiced about it and feel free to reach out to religious icons without any hesitation during these 5-6 days, and abandon each and every unease regarding this biological cycle.

To all men, since hitting puberty, women are more uncomfortable, uneasy and introvert. And each time you make fun of a girl/woman of how they run, giggle, throw, punch etc. In other words how weak they are, they lose their self-confidence,thanks to your taunting.  Be cautious about not to hurt anyone’s feelings in any way that a girl or a woman loses pride over herself. Yes, guys do have more strength physically when compared to a woman but your own mother endured a hell lot more pain than you ever could with all your physical strength. So next time you call a woman weak, why don’t you rethink that a thousand times over. Don’t laugh when you see blood stain in a woman’s skirt cause that sort of a blood actually made you. Don’t injure her spiritually when she is enduring life to the best of her ability.

To the kids, guys, this is nothing extraordinary. You will understand it better when you are much older and possibly laugh at yourself, thinking about the old times. For the time being all you need to understand is, this is nothing to keep quiet about. Nothing to be ashamed about. This is just another biological process like eating, sleeping etc. only difference is, this happens to woman only. And sometime or other, every woman abuses God over this. So be there for your friend if you feel she is down, or talk to your mother or sister about this and make them feel comfortable about this very normal thing, and if you are asking this question that, “if this is a normal thing, then why do people hide it so much?” then, feel free to ask it to your elders. I assure you they won’t be able to give you a convincing reply, because there isn’t one. This is a normal process and that is an absolute truth.

Break the Menstruation taboo.

Not Independence but Self-Dependence.

Every institution in India celebrated Independence Day by hoisting the National flag and listening to the old Freedom based songs. And this has been going on for the last 69 years. Yes, we have cured Polio in 1.3 billion population, we had mission to the Moon and Mars, literacy rate is on the rise, etc.

However maximum educated young Indians are leaving India to be established abroad, the poors do not get jobs to survive and sustain their families, Students are busy doing dirty politics so much that they forget their primary duty, that is to study. The work hours are so long in the private sectors etc. that parents could not work out time to spend with their family. Children are so busy in their study, they don’t have the leisure time to read story books or play outside and excercise their creative mind. Competition is killing the humanity within all humans. Even after 18, the legal age, Indians can not acquire deserving jobs that could result in their happy life ahead. If a person thinks outside the box, others just outcast him or her from the society. Women security and freedom is still a huge question mark on the face of independence, and many more issues put the independence of India in controversy.

children at school enjoys this kind of Independence Day. But those who passed that phase, knows how much dependant we Indians are, of our society, our family etc. If we really want to be Independent, we must become Self-Dependent. If we want to achieve something, we must seize it. Cause after all its been too long since we started acccusing our government for every misery in our life and those who are still struggling, knows best, that it does nothing good to us. India is not the perfect country, but as Tagore had said, we must stretch towards perfection.So, as everyone takes a New Year resolution on New Year’s eve, young Indians should take a self- dependence resolution on 15th August, and make India proud. 

Teachers or Students who are to be supported in these modern days?

​Recently many stories in the newspaper caught my eyes regarding disputes at schools and colleges. Most of them are anti-teachers, for example the infamous “Jadavpur case” where police took action and which resulted in severe violence and the resignation of the VC, in schools student are having movements against their teachers for not giving them enough marks to pass, even hunger strikes are very common for the students, to protest.

In the old days, teachers used to be the guardians who would teach their students to live with their head held high. They were the sweepers of the superstitions of their mind. Teachers were elders to be feared during the school days and respected afterwards. Then teaching was not a profession to be endured, but a happiness to cherish with new buds that will bloom to become greater than themselves. Also, Student life was easier too. They had plenty of time in the field to exercise their freedom, they did not have a virtual life to lead beside the real one. They could present themselves to the society as they really were without any thoughts of “likes” or “comments”. 

In the modern age the situation has changed a great deal. Here students like to beat the teachers if they act to make them proper honourable MEN. Teachers are so busy to earn money that they sometimes forget to take classes and teach the students. Teaching has become a profession to survive in the modern world, to earn money. Students are so involved in politics that they can not even remember their primary duty as students: to study. Surprisingly peoples’ world view is so corrupted thanks to the social media, television programmes, etc. that they don’t even probably remember their reasons to live.

We must open our mind to dream. Reason and imagination are the simultaneous parts of our visionary mind. Teachers and students must understand that they do not have seperate ways to travel in the journey of life, but the process is a single one. It is like a river. what they fail to grasp is, that the river is circular.

L’Adversaire

PRATIDWANDI (THE ADVERSARY)


Satyajit Ray’s Pratidwandi presents one of the most quintessential pictures of a turbulent Calcutta of the 1970s—the economic stagnation, the ultra-Left Naxalbari movement, and a swirling cynicism amidst the youth. The vignettes of life that Ray shows in the film have lived on over decades through graffiti, street chatter, and the psyche of Calcuttans.

This film is based on the novel by Sunil Gangopadhyaya and it is the first part of Ray’s Calcutta trilogy. The protagonist Siddhartha is forced to give up his study of medicine from Medical college at his demise of his father and thus his ambition of becoming a doctor washed away, but he still dreams about those classes of medical college and the lessons of human physiology whenever relevant situation arises. Then his search of a job at the background of politically turmoiled Calcutta has been beautifully depicted.

Siddhartha is caught betwixt and between. He smoulders with rage about ongoing social injustices, about economic stagnation, but as is the case of youth, he is powerless to express it. The best he can do is act rudely or think of doing something outrageous like shooting his sister’s boss with a pistol. In an interview he was asked to name the most significant world event in the last ten years. His reply was ‘the plain human courage shown by the people of Vietnam’, instead of the expected – man landing on moon. The interviewer asked whether he was a communist or not. Needless to say that he did not get the job because the interviewers doubted whether he was a political rebel.

His inability to find a job was slowly alienating him from the world around him. He disapproves his sister’s way to make money and he seemed not to support his brother’s revolutionary causes but could not prevent them doing those because he himself was jobless and deprived of money.

As the story goes on, Sidhhartha was increasingly embittered over his reduced circumstances and in the end, at his final attempt to get a decent job, he erupted in anger and threw everything because of the most inconvenient atmosphere was provided to the interviewees from the authority and left the city to take a modest job far off in a small town.

Ray’s biggest achievement is his characters are too attached in one form or another of daily survival. About his social responsibilities as a filmmaker, in an interview with Cineaste magazine, Ray commented, “You can see my attitude in The Adversary where you have two brothers. The younger brother is a Naxalite. There is no doubt that the elder brother admires the younger brother for his bravery and convictions. The film is not ambiguous about that. As a filmmaker, however, I was more interested in the elder brother because he is the vacillating character. As a psychological entity, as a human being with doubts, he is a more interesting character to me. The younger brother has already identified himself with a cause. That makes him part of a total attitude and makes him unimportant. The Naxalite movement takes over. He, as a person, becomes insignificant.”

The protagonist Siddhartha was played by Dhritiman Chatterjee, an indelible discovery of Ray who was featured in Mrinal Sen’s Padatik and Akaler Sandhaney and Ray’s Ganashatru too. No other bengali actor has this much rich voice with such crisp accent. His angry young man look in this film can easily represent the face of the youth back in 1970’s. He projects a brilliant personality and evokes empathy and stay very composed in front of the camera as remarked by Ray himself.

This film has been an underrated gem from Ray and a must watch for all the youths struggling to find their ways in life. Because, there’s a Sidhhartha in everyone of us.