Not Gulaabi enough!
Woman centric movies are rare in Bollywood and in GULAAB GANG the protagonist and antagonist, both are females.
The film is based on the true life story of Sampat Pal and her gang of women who dress in pink and fight against injustice against women.
Rajjo (Madhuri Dixit) is a fighter since childhood who grows to become a leader and runs an ashram for the women who have been tortured.
The plot thickens when Rajjo their leader, locks horns with a shrewd politician Sumitra Devi (Juhi Chawla), who uses everyone to her advantage.
Sumitra Devi is a manipulative lady who plays dirty games and makes it a messy affair.
The debates between Rajjo and Sumitra are the highlight of the movie.
Madhuri Dixit is undoubtedly a powerful actress and she gives one of the best performances of her career. However, it is something similar to what she did in MRITYUDAND.
Juhi Chawla is the scene stealer. She amazes everyone with a power-packed performance. Her character has shades of grey and she strongly portrays them.
Soumik Sen has worked really hard on the script and Anubhav Sinha has written the screenplay of the movie.
While Soumik has worked hard on the story, he sure does not do justice to the flow of the movie and especially the dialogues.
Even extending himself to do the music was probably not a great idea as the songs are not melodious, except the title track.
The 'Ek Do Teen' sequence was also not required as that breaks the momentum of the movie.
Even though Sampat Pal was the inspiration for the movie, the woman is not given any credit and that probably makes you feel that the director and producer are not being respectful.
Priyanka Bose who plays Sandhya is brilliant. Even Divya Jagdale and Tannishtha Chatterjee are wonderful.
GULAAB GANG could have been a very strong movie, but the few unreal moments kill the buzz and make it a less colorful affair.