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More colour, less of craft

Anuj Kumar
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Film: Gulaab Gang

Genre:Drama

Cast:Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose, Divya Jagdale

First things first. Except for the colour, it has little to do with the Gulabi Gang of Sampat Pal Devi. It is the usual masala fare from Bollywood, garnished with some token realistic elements.

The only novelty or gimmick is that here the hero and the villain belong to the same gender and that is not male.

At many places it seems like a sequel to Mrityudand but fails to add much to what has already been said more than a decade back.

Set in a fictional village manicured to appeal to a cross section of audience, the gutsy Rajjo (Madhuri Dixit) runs a school where she instils courage in young girls. She wants to give them a book in one hand a lathi in the other.

Her motto is when nothing works rod is god. She is happy raising issues of infrastructure and gender justice at the local level but when circumstances demand Rajjo gets into the electoral politics.

She is up against a corrupt leader Sumitra Devi (Juhi Chawla), a prototype of a modern-day politician whose face can’t tell what she has in mind.

While Rajjo is fighting male domination, Sumitra wants men to prostrate in front of her.

She first wants to use Rajjo and when it doesn’t work she decides to destroy her.

Right from the montage and swelling background score, you get an impression that director Soumik Sen seems to have something path-breaking idea but the story has been written and rewritten so many times that the end product turns out to be rather predictable because he has two actors who belong to the old school and are not ready to go all out to turn into something potent.

They take the leap but with the mindset to land in the safe territory.

After a point one feels that the director is too keen to balance the presence of two big names in the narrative and as a result the edges get softened.

Very much like Juhi’s attempt to sound vicious, which doesn’t add up to something substantial. Madhuri’s earnestness to be athletic in action sequences is commendable but her rustic dialect sounds forced at times.

It is well meaning, reasonably well acted but not well crafted.

Anuj Kumar

GULAAB GANG

Genre:Drama

Cast:Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose, Divya Jagdale

Bottonline:The safety first approach blunts the impact


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