Amitabh Bachchan, who by now has established himself as a fair-weathered feminist, recently shared a picture to celebrate one year of the film, Pink.
In case you don't recollect, Pink was a critically-acclaimed and commercially successful film on women empowerment that released in September, 2016.
A hard-hitting drama with a strong message ("No means No"), Pinkearned rave reviews for the sensitive and realistic portrayal of a society seeped in hypocrisy and how its prejudiced ways affect the lives of three women.
Bachchan played the lawyer who defends the three women in the court of law after one of them is accused of gravely injuring a man who tried to molest her.
Here's the picture Bachchan shared without realising the irony:
T 2549 - The team of 'PINK' .. all in one frame .. and .. ALL, independent, individual .. NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS !!🙏 pic.twitter.com/uQV55nUQsO— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 16, 2017
The picture revealed two things:
1. The fact that the core team behind the making of Pink didn't involve any women -- something that further illustrates the point that there aren't too women in key positions in the film industry.
2. Bachchan sees nothing wrong with it as not only did this point completely escape him, he also conveniently forgot to share pictures (or acknowledge in writing) of the women who were actually there in the film -- Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, and Andrea Tariang. The first step towards solving a problem is identifying it but one of Hindi cinema's biggest actor remains oblivious to the lack of female representation in movie business.
It didn't take a lot of time for people to start calling out Bachchan for sharing a picture which didn't have any women in it.
Can't see those three girls who lived independently, how they face society, how they face their morals. Pl repost with their pics too, sir— rahul verma (@rahulverma08) September 16, 2017
A film on women with no woman in the frame.— Shusmita Khan (@ShusmitaKhan) September 16, 2017
Just look at these amazing women! https://t.co/Cm35boSAcz— अनर्गल प्रलाप (@svetlana25) September 18, 2017
And all men. https://t.co/FEAj6Neqel— Brooke Andy (@brookeandyy) September 16, 2017
A national award winning film about women's dignity and rights but the celebration above has only meṅ in the frame. Wrong messaging sir— Monica Jasuja (@jasuja) September 17, 2017
Where are the Girls ? Who made the characters memorable, they are not in the Team?— pramod k nair (@pramodknair1) September 16, 2017
But , where are the girls?? Wasnt Pink about women ?— Sundar (@Sundoz2016) September 16, 2017
The soul and spirit of PINK is missing in this pic sir. This is not the team... But part of the team. ☺️— सही पकड़े है (@spreadinglav) September 16, 2017
Despite the relentless tweets, pointing out the irony, the actor didn't share pictures of the leading ladies -- Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, and Andrea Tariang, whose terrific performances were instrumental in making the film a success.
In fact, he quietly moved on to doing what he does on Twitter -- share his own pictures with philosophical quotes on the side.
T 2550 -" We are free to choose, but we are not free from the consequence of our choice. "~from Ef pic.twitter.com/Q5mlV3AsmF— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 17, 2017
Here's a post the film's actress, Kirti Kulhari, shared on her Facebook page:
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