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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The DAY Dedicated To PINK

Dear Amitji,

Today. September 16, Friday, the DAY dedicated to PINK.

Sir, as on any day, I woke up at 4.00am and sat before my PC to write my response to your post of the day or any previous one which I thought it should have been responded to but missed to do. Nothing whatsoever came to mind, but neither was it blank. In fact, it was so full of one and only one thought - PINK...PINK and PINK - that there was absolutely no room in it  for any response or an idea to enter. What to do? After some sustained thinking the only way I could think of to be on the Blog but without any contribution of my own thoughts was to put in PINK reviews by prominent papers and critics for Ef to enjoy as much as I did reading them and thus this response today:    

The Times Of India
Pink Movie Review
Meena Iyer, TNN,
CRITIC'S RATING:  4.5/5

LET'S ADD MORE POWER TO PINK

Pink is a powerful statement on the existing feudal mindset of a majority of India, where men and women are judged by a different yardstick. And if the man happens to be from a powerful family, then the fight for justice is even more skewed. Pink questions the society's mindset where we think girls with short hemlines and those who enjoy a drink with men are low on morals. It also tells you that whether a woman is a sex-worker, wife or slave, if she says 'no' to being touched, then no man has the right to force himself on her. Or outrage her modesty.
The performances are pitch-perfect with Bachchan leading the way. Creative producer, Shoojit Sircar, who directed (Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe, Piku) makes another valuable addition to his repertoire.
Colour Me Pink India!

The Indian Express
Pink movie review: Gather everyone and go watch this film
Rating: 3.5 - ‎Review by Shubhra Gupta

All those associated with the making of Pink, please take a deep bow: finally, a powerful, brave Hindi mainstream film which focuses on real young women who live real lives and deal with thorny day-to-day issues, which young women the world over will identify and relate with.
Bottom Line, when a girl says no, she means no. En O, which means ‘nahin’, nada, don’t want. It means go away, don’t bother me. It can also be a prelude to stronger language if the aggressor in question refuses to back off. The young woman can wear short skirts or jeans or Tees. She can be present at rock concerts. She can laugh and reach out to a young man in a friendly fashion. She can have a drink or two in his company. She can even be, shudder, sexually experienced.
When she says no, it means only one thing. No grabbing. No forcing. Take that groping hand and mouth away. She isn’t easy. She isn’t a person of ‘loose morals’. She is not, never, ever, asking for it.

Bollywoodlife.com

Pink movie review: Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu’s courtroom drama is the STRONGEST women-centric film of the year!
Kudos to Big B and the entire team of Pink for the brilliance that the movie is! We bet you'll get the chills by the end of the movie.
By Anusha Iyengar

Not to forget, the dialogues are to the point and witty. The second half of the movie is more gripping and Big B steals the show in the second half. The last scene in the movie is bound to give you the chills. This is Bengali film director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Bollywood debut and is produced by Shoojit Sircar. All in all, this is the Movie of the Year for me. I urge you to watch it with your family and friends.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Hindustan Times

Pink review: Amitabh Bachchan is still the only boss around
Rohit Vats,  
Rating: ⅘

Bachchan gives it all and drives his points home with such force that you fall in love with him all over again. The master’s complete dominance silences the courtroom and the audience. Don’t be amazed if you start feeling uncomfortable and break into tears and claps.

Every single actor has upped the ante in this 136-minute riveting drama. If Taapsee excels in initial courtroom scenes, Kirti takes it to a whole new level in the finale. The girls have shown a tremendous range and Pink belongs to them. Nobody has overshadowed them, not even Bachchan or a shrewd lawyer Prashant, played by a super intense Piyush Mishra.
Pink keeps us gripped from all sides even as a strictly entertainment package. The intricacies of the case unfold like a thriller. You won’t miss the usual Bollywood courtroom theatrics either. Still you will get to know a thing or two about the contemporary feminist debates.

Pink shows what meticulous planning can do to a film. And, of course, Amitabh Bachchan’s enigmatic persona will guide you through the darkness. Not to be missed at all.

Mid-Day
'Pink' - Movie Review
By Mayank Shekhar
Rating: 4/5

What I’m interested in, or at least we ought to be, is where this film is going — ideally to all those people and places in India, still grappling with a seemingly radical idea that men and women are just, well, you know, equal. It’s shocking, as Pink puts it, the views some of the most unlikely men hold about women — on the basis of how they dress, what they drink, who they love, where they live… Even as we see more and more females in public, party, and workplaces.
Yes, Pink does compel you to think. And that’s not all it does.

Indiatoday

Pink movie review: Amitabh Bachchan's POWERFUL message is unmissable
Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu star in this week's Bollywood release, Pink, a social thriller directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. Here's our Pink movie review.
Devarsi Ghosh  | Edited by Ananya Bhattacharya
Ratings: (4/5)
Pink, the new Amitabh Bachchan film, is a lot like Deepak Sehgal, Amitabh Bachchan's character in the film. Mr Sehgal, a lawyer, inside the courtroom, is all theatrics and showmanship - growling one minute, silent and mumbling the next. Mr Sehgal knows that Indians, particularly, the Indian man, has a hard time understanding Indian women the moment the latter do not fit into the feudal expectations set upon them. Screenwriter Ritesh Shah and director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury know that as well. Hence, they have made a film which drives home the point with OTT sound and fury, just the way Mr Sehgal likes to conduct business; break open the Indian skull with a sledgehammer and drill into it basic concepts of human dignity, respect and honour because achchhe din is a long time coming for women in India. And while doing such social service, Pink, like Mr Sehgal, is never for a second, boring.
The screenplay is among the best-written ones of 2016 so far (even though that list isn't long). It is taut, does not beat around the bush and waste time in exposition.
When you have a great script along with actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Piyush Mishra, Dhritiman Chatterjee plus competent young performers like Taapsee and Kirti, you already have a winner in your hands.
However, as much as Pink pushes the envelope in Indian films in regard to discussion around morality, women's freedom of choice, etc., one can see Amitabh, the grand old patriarch of Hindi cinema, playing the sole voice of women's rights as regressive. But if not Amitabh, then who? Can one think of a more commanding voice and a more assertive personality than Amitabh Bachchan in Hindi cinema today, regardless of how many 'women-centric' films Kangana Ranaut has done? Pink is a giant leap, sure, but it can only leap so far. Keeping Pink as a starting point, future writer-directors should build on the foundation established by it to make more brave, more daring films on women's issues, where one day, not Amitabh Bachchan, but a woman can stand up and speak for herself and everyone will listen.

Pinkvilla

Pink Movie Review: Bachchan and his girls give us hope with this flawless film
September 14, 2016 Team Pinkvilla
Do you have the guts to provoke yourself to think? Well, be forewarned because Pink does just that. It isn’t a film for the feeble hearted; it stirs, moves and shakes you up with a jolt. Crude, prude and all of that, Pink makes you want to think where have we gone wrong as a society. It is a social thriller that has some deep, impactful messages in the story but director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury refrains from giving us a crash course in aggressive feminism. For more reasons than one, we would dare to call this movie the year’s best so far.
Amitabh Bachchan leads the pack, with his fine portrayal of a lawyer; using his deep baritone to further the impact of his script. Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang are fascinating. Yes, those girls could be in my family or be my friends. They sell the story to you as your own.
It is a riveting courtroom drama that makes you want to stop blinking so as to not miss even a moment. We all are familiar with the incidents that could’ve triggered the story but Pink is a film that will be memorable for the impact it creates. Are women equal? Not even close but there is hope for change. Let’s make a beginning.
We rate this film an 80% on the Pinkvilla Moviemeter.

With best wishes for PINK

Tilak Rishi