Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Gulaab Gang is messy, illogical

  • Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 08, 2014 16:57 IST
  • Gulaab Gang

    Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla would be seen sharing screenspace for the first time in Soumik Sen's Gulaab Gang. Check out the stills.

  • Gulaab Gang

    Gulaab Gang is the story of a group of Indian women fighting against social injustice. Madhuri plays their leader.

  • Madhuri Dixit

    Madhuri Dixit in action avatar.

  • Gulaab Gang

    Juhi Chawla will be seen portraying a villain for the first time in her career.

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    Madhuri's character is reportedly modelled on Gulabi Gang leader Sampat Pal Devi.

  • Juhi Chawla

    Juhi Chawla was scared of playing a negative character in Gulaab Gang initially.

  • Juhi Chawla

    Juhi Chawla looks evil as well as pretty in this still.

  • Madhuri Dixit

    This looks like another power-packed performance by Madhuri Dixit.

Direction: Soumik Sen
Actors: Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Juhi Chawla
Rating:   **

In Gulaab Gang, writer-director Soumik Sen brings together a slew of talented women — Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Juhi Chawla, Divya Jagdale, Tannishtha Chatterjee. He lifts liberally from the inspiring story of Sampat Pal, an illiterate villager who formed a group of women vigilantes called Gulabi Gang in Bundelkhand. But Sen is unable to embed the actresses into his fictionalised version in a coherent way. The result is an ineffectual and messy ode to women empowerment in which women, with nicely styled hair and handloom saris, maim, kill, fight elections and in between find the time to sing and dance.

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. 


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