Did that Pink Buffalo tell you something about capitalism in India?
A critic states that the ‘Gulabi bhains’ (Pink Buffalo) shown in ‘Mattru Ki Bijalee Ka Mandola ‘was actually a representation of the toned down communism in India, which suits to the conditions here.
“Whenever he (Pankaj Kapoor) gets drunk, he becomes the advocate of equality for all but never repeats the same, in fact regrets his drunk deeds, in his senses. It works well till a hardcore capitalist businessman becomes a socialist, which as per popular ‘practice’, is a diluted form of communism. And especially in India, it avoids the direct confrontation between the proletariat and bourgeoisie. So, here comes the funda of ‘Gulabi’ (the colour pink). The buffalo is pink because it is not completely red and has been mixed with the cultural artefacts of the Haryanavi society (the story is positioned in Haryana). So, in a nut shell, it depicts the watered down form of stern communism. It suits the mindsets of the people of special economic zones as well. A film that showcases a lot of things from the Zulu slaves to clueless policemen is not likely to use ‘Pink Buffalo’ just as a caricature of a man who loves his drink.” IBN