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Gulaab Gang (2014) – Drama

WOW, what a disaster and a confusing movie – I guess they wanted to make a docudrama, somewhere midway while writing the idea of a commercial movie stuck with the makers and they end up hiring two of the legendry actresses opposite each other to make a proper commercial masala and end up making this hotch potch which makes no sense at all. I mean so much is happening in one village that too such huge contrasting things is really amazing but I guess I needed to take it all with a pinch of salt as they claim “It’s a work of fiction and has got nothing to do with the life of Sampat Pal Devi” whose actual life people thought it was based on. Of course and I am dead sure that her life wouldn’t be half as interesting as Rajjo Devi’s (Madhuri Dixit) that a movie maker will pay any heed to make it into a movie. In this movie on one hand we have females getting beaten up / raped / tortured and left uneducated and right on the other hand we have females from the same village smoking, drinking and having premarital sex too. No background whatsoever on Rajjo Devi is given to audience, as why she is what she is? As well as no background on Sumitra too – I am still confused what was her title in the movie? What kind of a political figure she was – who was so bothered about a handful of females from one village standing up against the society (Read village) and to top it all – the election results too were dependent on one village. Fortunately the only one thing which works in the favor of the movie is the supremely written character and equally well acted Sumitra Devi (by ravishing Juhi Chawla), she gets to dome some amazing expressions and fantastic lines, totally loved it. Tannishtha Chatterjee gets to do another thankless character which will be soon forgotten just like her other Bollywood movies, along with two other actresses, Divya Jagdale and Priyanka Bose who do actually make a mark in the movie. I will give it a below average 2/5, one for the idea and concept and other one definitely for Juhi Chawla’s superb performance which kept me watching the whole 2 hours and a little longer movie which otherwise I wouldn’t have finished anyways. I am now looking forward to the documentary of the same name and hope that’s way better than this one.
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