News Helpline | January, 02 2014
Verdict : Watch it for Madhuri and Juhi Chawla performance ___________________________________________________
Director Soumik Sen comes up with a visual adaptation of social worker and activist Sampat Pal’s real-life story in ‘Gulaab Gang’. The movie stars Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, who were top actresses of the 90’s, in this film which released today amidst lot of controversy.
Rajjo (Madhuri Dixit) runs a ‘Gulabi Gurukul’ in a village named Madhopur where she fights for the rights of women in Northern India. Her gang consists of women wearing bright pink sarees and they fight for social injustice against women.
However, Rajjo’s real struggle starts when she begins her fight against the manipulative local politician Juhi Chawla. Will Rajjo be able to pass this fight with flying colors and this question forms the rest of the story.
Madhuri is a superstar and she has proven her mettle in a lot of movies earlier. The actress can carry any and every role with prowess and in the same vein, she has done justice to Rajjo and is absolutely convincing in most of her scenes.
Interestingly, it is Juhi who walks away with the honors as she clearly overshadows Madhuri in every scene. Juhi’s villainous act stays with the viewers more than Madhuri’s brave avatar. The political fight between the two protagonists is pretty engaging.
The rest of the cast is equally good and deliver commendable performances. The best part of the movie is that it has no unnecessary drama involved.
While speaking of movies which are based on an authentic source, people expect to see something that looks and feels absolutely genuine and believable. Unfortunately, the saddest part about ‘Gulaab Gang’ is that it is a completely different story.
Even after making use of Sampat Pal’s real life story, the director forgets to give her any credit. The director concentrates too much on Madhuri as an actress than her character of Rajjo. The climax is also a bit confusing.
The best thing that the makers of the recent documentary ‘Gulabi Gang’ did was to release their documentary a week before ‘Gulaab Gang’. This helped the viewers get an insight into what the gang was and is all about.
The songs clearly act as a hindrance in the plot. While the first half of the movie is more of a musical, the second half has an engaging story line.
The cinematography is excellent as the camera realistically covers the northern rural areas and the political scenarios. The editing is sharp and crisp while the background score gels well with the mood of the scenes.
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