Fans of Madhuri Dixit were in for a pleasant surprise, as one of the most-anticipated films of 2014, had its trailer break with the theatrical release of Dedh Ishqiya. Touted as the comeback film of Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, Gulaab Gang brings two divas of Bollywood, who were once considered to give each other tough competition in the ’80s and the ’90s, to share screen space.
Gulaab Gang is the debut directorial venture of Soumik Sen, who has penned down films like Hum Tum Aur Ghost, Meerabai Not Out, Ru-Ba-Ru and Anthony Kaun Hai. None of these did very well at the Box Office, but Gulaab Gang’s trailer promises to give Sen a rosy (literally) entry into the list of brave Bollywood filmmakers.
As the trailer suggests, the film seems to be a story of a gang of women in pink sarees led by Dixit, who seem to be on a mission. By the way, the film reminds us of the Gulaabi Gang led by Sampat Pal Devi (who also appeared on Big Boss 6). Gulaabi Gang are a group of rural women vigilantes in pink saris, in the Bundelkhand region of India, who fight against social injustice.
Madhuri who played the role of a gentle and gracious Begum in Dedh Ishqiya, will be seen in a highly-contrasting avatar in Gulaab Gang. Madhuri is seen wearing simple pink saris in the trailer, with minimal make-up, but her kohl-lined eyes speak volumes about the tough character she plays, her crass lingo only adds to her rural look. The dialogues in the trailer seem to aptly reflect the rugged setting of the film. One of them uttered by Madhuri herself, "Danda sabka peer hota hai, Rod ij God."
The film also stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, the award-winning who worked in Dev Benegal’s Road, Movie. She plays Madhuri’s chief lieutenant.
There have been several female-oriented films that have been made in the past in Bollywood, Lajja, Astitva, Khoon Bhari Maang, Mother India, Kahaani, Mirch Masala, to name a few. We hope that Gulaab Gang will be considered as a valuable addition.
Everything aside, the surprise element in the film, we believe is Juhi Chawla. Apart from 3 Deewarein, Bas Ek Pal, My Brother…Nikhil, I Am and Jhankaar Beats, Juhi Chawla has always portrayed roles that have pretty much depicted her as Miss Goody two-shoes. Juhi seems to be playing the role of a hardened politician who doesn’t seem to mean good for Dixit or her gang of women.
It would be exciting to see both Dixit and Chawla cast opposite each each other. Especially, considering the fact that both have so much to offer in terms of their acting skills.
The film is aptly scheduled to release on International Women’s Day and a week before Holi (the festival of colors), which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Even the first poster of the film saw Madhuri Dixit looking like Goddess Chandi, armed with an axe and a sickle (one of the various avatars of Goddess Durga).
Who can forget Rekha’s transformation from a docile housewife to a violent killer in Khoon Bhari Maang or Vidya Balan’s potrayal of a woman who seeks revenge against her husband’s killer? Bollywood, today has given us many women who don’t succumb to the evils metted out against them. Gulaab Gang, as the trailer suggests, is the story of many such women. After all, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
This Holi is definitely going to be a gulaabi (pink) one, but not the kind played with gulaal, but one played with lahu (blood).
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