All About Madhuri And Juhi
By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 08 March 2014
The animation sequence at the beginning of the film sets the stage for Gulaab Gang. While the expectation is pretty much set that this is going to be a dramatic outing with action interspersing the narrative, you know as an audience that what follows next would be in line with what the promos of this Anubhav Sinha backed film had suggested.
The film comes to the point straight away with the introduction of Gulaab Gang. It is a different world out there and though one can sense Madhuri Dixit's presence for a while, she is unveiled - well, literally, in a well set scene at a government office. Her modus operandi being well established, you know that 'Rod is God' in the dictionary of Madhuri and her gang members. If there is no resolution in sight with 'baat', the gang resorts to laat and laathi, which time and again pays.
Of course at times you do wonder if it is actually that simple for Rajjo [Madhuri] and her gang to be unchallenged, considering the number of people around her that turn into her enemies. Her gang maims people, takes on cops, walk away insulting politicians, kicks goons, challenges administrations and yet, is more often than not unscathed despite no help whatsoever from anyone, be it an insider or an outsider.
However, this could well be a cinematic liberty taken by first time director Soumik Sen who basically focuses the film on three pointers - Education for women, their empowerment and the power game. With Madhuri's character being shown as supporter for anyone who can ensure the first two (she is even willing to support politicians for that), when it comes to the third, she even takes on the reigning politician (Juhi Chawla) heads on.
It is this very factor that leads to some good confrontations that ensure that Gulaab Gang has many moments where you actually sit up and take notice of what proceeds on screen. Right from the introduction scene of Juhi where she doesn't spare a cop who refuses to touch her feet, the veteran actress is projected as an opportunist politician who believes in being friends with ‘time’ than real people. At times one is disgusted with her while at other times you are simply amused with the manner in which plays her game.