It’s fun to see the saccharine sweet Juhi turn venomous. She plays Sumitra Devi, a deliciously despicable politician. Her perverse wickedness is the best part of the film. But it’s such a one-note character that it soon becomes predictable. Meanwhile, Madhuri as Rajjo is the avenging angel who channels her inner Durga and even gets to wield an axe. It’s also nice to see women kicking ass onscreen but it would be nicer if the narrative had some logic. Even the accents in their fictional village are inconsistent.
For a real dose of women empowerment, watch Gulabi Gang, a terrific documentary on Sampat Pal, which is still running in select theaters. Gulaab Gang is the masala remix.