Friday, March 7, 2014

Gulaab Gang Drives Women Empowerment on Rocky Roads

Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla playing Holi with gulal in Gulaab Gang movie poster
Official poster of Gulaab Gang movie featuring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla playing Holi with gulaal 
You dare to put a woman in hot water, she will tell you how strong a tea can be!

Gulaab Gang got set to air just a day before Women’s Day to hit the noble message through entertainment. Where the center of attraction is the interesting chemistry between the dhak-dhak girl Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, the center of focus is girl-child education and women empowerment. The masala film has everything from drama to dance to action and yet it boosts the sensitive issues like making the women society self-dependent through raising their self-belief and eradicating inequality. The two divas are playing the strong protagonists and combating for/against injustice in the society.

Story of Gulaab Gang: Casting and Characters

Gulaab Gang is a team of nine pink dressed army women, which makes hand-ground spices, hand-woven clothes and baskets. Kajri named bruised and battered from North India joins the Gang after being humiliated and thrown out of her husband’s life and her own married home as her parents couldn’t fulfill the demand of dowry. Gulaab Gang steps ahead in lead of Rajjo with their sickles (the curved blades with short handles) and axes to mete out the malevolence and open the doors of justice for her and all.

The brutal case of innocent teenaged girl’s rape by the politician’s son make the Gang and Rajjo take a stand via ballot box. This time, Rajjo has to battle the much bigger force- Sumitra Devi who was not alone. Rajjo has to fight against not only a politician, but also her money, power, bullets and connections.

How far the ‘power of Pink’ will survive?  Will it taste success in empowering women and seeking justice? The climax of Gulaab Gang answers it all, depicting the story in entertaining way. 

Quick Look: Overview of Gulaab Gang

Cast and Crew

Genre: Action, Drama, Social
Inspired by: Movements in U.P. 
Production Companies: Benaras Media Works, Sahara Movie Studios
Producers: Anubhav Sinha, Abhinay Deo, Alumbra Entertainment
Director: Soumik Sen
Creative Directors: Subrata Chakraborthy, Amit Ray
Editor: Cheragh Todiwala
Concept Writer: Soumik Sen
Screenplay by: Soumik Sen
Dialogues by: Soumik Sen, Amitosh Nagpal
Casting by: Prashant Singh
Movie Star Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Priyanka Bose, Vinitha Menon
Choreographer: Saroj Khan
Cinematographer: Alphonse Roy
Costume Designer: Eka Lakhani

Action: Parvez Sheikh

Country: India
Language: Hindi
Sets & Shooting Locations: India
Distributor: Sahara Movie Studios
Running Time: 139 minutes
Release Date: March 7, 2014

Music Label: T-Series
Music Director: Soumik Sen, Sadhu Sushil Tiwari
Background Music by: John Stewart
Lyricists: Soumik Sen, Shreya Narayan, Sarah Hayes, Neha Saraf, Rohit Shrama
Singers: Shilpa Rao, Malabika Brahma, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Snehalatha Dikshit, Superwoman, Pavni Pandey, Anupama Raag, Saumik Sen, Sadhu Sushil Tiwari, Chaittali Shrivasttave, Madhuri Dixit
Music Running Time: 38.51
No. of Gulaab Gang mp3 Songs: 8
Music Release Date: January 28, 2014
Album Verdict: Good (for folk, traditional and classical songs' lovers)
Album Rating: 3.5

Movie Poster

Bright colored official posters of Gulaab Gang movie featuring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla
Gulaab Gang official posters: Brighter like the Festival of Holi

Gulaab Gang Trailer Launch

Star studded Gulaab Gang trailer launch saw gorgeous Madhuri, stunning Juhi, renowned choreographer Saroj Khan and the team
Gorgeous Madhuri, stunning Juhi, renowned choreographer Saroj Khan and the team at Gulaab Gang trailer launch event

  • The trailer of Gulaab Gang got launched on January 10, 2014. 
  • From floor to air, the atmosphere looked wrapped in the color of Gulaab Gang movie. 
  • Madhuri and Juhi looked friendly and happening on the trailer launch. 
  • The famous choreographer Saroj Khan was also spotted on the event. 

Despite being a sound movie and involving strong characters portrayed by stars like Madhuri and Juhi, the movie didn't create the expected buzz. The critics didn't mark the soundtracks on good books and believes that the absence of a male lead hero is a reason, especially when talking about Indian cinema and audiences. 

Gulaab Gang Music Launch

Madhuri Dixit, Soumik Sen and Anubhav Sinha at Gulaab Gang Music Launch
Madhuri Dixit, Soumik Sen and Anubhav Sinha at Gulaab Gang Music Launch

The Gulaab Gang  music launch event at Varanasi got happened successfully in presence of more than 18 thousand people on January 25, 2014. Dheemi dheemi was its first track that released single on January 18, 2014.

Characters & Casting

Madhuri Dixit and team Gulaab Gang discussing abut costumes
Madhuri Dixit and team Gulaab Gang with costume designs

  • Initially Tabu was approached to play the female protagonist’s role, but due to insufficient fund the film couldn’t step to the floor. Later Madhuri Dixit confirmed her lead role as Rajjo on her Facebook page. When Tabu was again offered the same negative role that was equally strong of the lead role, she declined. It was rumored that she wanted to play the lead role and someone added that Karishma Kapoor, vidya Balan, Ravina Tonton and others were also approached, but they were not convinced.
  • When Juhi Chawla, rumored to be a competitive actress of Madhuri in 1990’s, was offered to grab the role, she ultimately agreed. Soumik declared his wish to cast Shilpa Shukla and Mahie Gill for other roles.
  • The gang of pink-dress-clad grown when Tannishtha Chatterjee was signed the role of chief lieutenant in Madhuri’s pink gang. She was excited about both the script and working with a big star- Madhuri Dixit, but she found her role sketchy and skimpy; she wanted it to be fleshed out. She accepted the role after the director re-worked on her part.
  • Then Divya Jagdale and Priyanka Bose joined Madhuri’s Gulaab Gang. The film went on floor after Monsoon.  
Anubhav Sinha and team says it a creative decision of casting two iconis divas- Madhuri and Juhi together for a movie where they will be seen in lead roles as oppositions.  

Preparations by the Madhuri Dixit for Gulaab Gang

Preparations by the Madhuri Dixit for Gulaab Gang movie
Madhuri Dixit practicing with stick for Gulaab Gang movie

  • For Gulaab Gang, the gorgeous diva Madhuri Dixit got training of some rare martial art forms like Shaolin Chin, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali and Shaolin Kung Fu. She learnt Kali knife, short stick, close combat and Shaolin joint locking.
Madhuri Dixit fighting with goons in an action scene of Gulaab Gang movie still
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  • The 46-year-old beauty mesmerized the Martial Arts Expert and her trainer, Kanishka Sharma by giving the tough action sequences effortlessly. The way she has given scenes like twisting the arms and kicking a man hard, was shocking as the tiring action scenes looked flawless on screen.  
  • Madhuri’s pitch-perfect timing and suppleness made the stunts looking both realistic and visually aesthetic. 

Juhi has also acted harder as it was her first time of playing a negative shade. 

Shooting of Movie: Development

Madhuri Dixit checking back her filming video in camera at shooting location of Gulaab Gang movie
Madhuri Dixit filming an action sequence and checking back her shot of Gulaab Gang movie

The filming process commenced in October, 2012 and Madhuri Dixit got involved in December, 2012, wrapping up her schedule in January, 2013. 

Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit in Gulaab Gang movie stills
Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit in Gulaab Gang movie stills

Juhi Chawla joined the shooting in December, 2012 at Kamalistan Studios, Mumbai.

Madhuri Dixit and her Choreographer Guru Saroj Khan on dance practice and stage
Saroj Khan and Madhuri Dixit performing on stage (left) and in dance practice still (right)

Madhuri shared that her first schedule involved a ‘high energy song’, for which she teamed-up with the renowned choreographer Saroj Khan. They both have given the historically hit numbers to Bollywood, such as Ek do teen from Tezaab, Maar daala from Devdas and the song that make her famous as dhak-dhak Madhuri- Dhak dhak karne laga from Beta.

Rumors & Gossips: Off-Camera Behind the Scene Stories 

Below are some interesting news related to Gulaab Gang movie!

Story of Gulaab Gang Inspired or Based on a Real Life

Madhuri Dixit and her Gulaab Gang in pink Saris
Madhuri Dixit and her Gulaab Gang team donning pink saris while performing a shot of the movie

The story of the movie is said (not officially) to be based on the movements of Gulabi Gang in 2006, which was formed by Sampat Pal Devi at badlands of Bada district's Bundelkhund in Utter Pradesh.  Though the director refused to it, saying it is inspired by the acts in U.P. and he respects her (Sampat Devi) social contribution, but it is neither based on any individual not a biopic. He said the movie a fiction.

Actress Juhi Chawla Left the Set First Time in Her 25 Years of Career

There was a buzz during the shooting that Juhi Chawla had left the set in annoyance because her payment was due that she was supposed to get. Some said she left in her insecurity with La Dixit and was seen throwing tantrums before too. The two divas had been in rumors to be competitors in 1980’s and 1990’s; they are working for the first time together though. However, they cleared all that when came to Koffee with Karan and seemed pretty friendly with each-other. 

Juhi Chawla's New Shade of Acting for Gulaab Gang

Juhi Chawala is playing her first villainous role with negative shade in Gulaab Gang.

Director Turned Producer for Gulaab Gang

Director Anubhav Sinha has turned producer first time for a film.

Madhuri Sang First Time for Gulaab Gang with Her Mother

Madhuri Dixit Singing in recording studio for first time for Gulaab Gang with Her Mother
Madhuri Dixit with her mother in recording studio for Gulaab Gang

Madhuri Dixit teamed up with her trained mother in classical singing, Snehlata Dixit for recording of a folk song- Rangi Sari Gulaabi Chunariya that was composed by Soumik Sen.

Non Glamorous Yet Strongly Entertaining Gulaab Gang

Angery Madhuri Dixit running in pink sari while an action scene shoot
Madhuri Dixit giving an action scene in anger for Gulaab Gang movie

The film’s set and location is given extra focus to show it as natural as possible. The plot has its roots in rural areas of India, so even the make-up and costumes have designed accordingly. Madhuri will play as demanded- a de-glam role.  

Bigg Boss 6 Fame Sampat Pal Devi Files Case on Gulaab Gang

Sampat Pal Devi and the real Gulabi Gang protesting with sticks at Delhi High Court in pink saris
Sampat Pal Devi and team Gulabi Gang protesting with their raised sticks

Sampat Pal Devi filed a case against Gulaab Gang at Delhi High Court, saying the makers have no right to make a movie on her life. Where the producer Anubhav Sinha seemed unavailable to respond on this case, the director Sampat said it surprising as he had mentioned several times that the movie is not based on her or Gulaabi Gang.

On March 6, 2014, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva of Delhi High Court restrained the movie from release and said it portrays a bad image of Sampat Devi and causes damage to her reputation, which can not be compensated on any monetary terms. But Soumik Sen senctioned his plea of releasing the movie from Justice Sachdeva and it got released on March 7 involving no objections.

Promotion Photos Gallery: Images of Gulaab Gang Stars

Director Soumik Sen and Madhuri Dixit promoting Gulaab Gang at Fm Radio station
Director Soumik Sen and Madhuri Dixit addressing the listeners to promote Gulaab Gang at Fm Radio station

Juhi Chawla promoting Gulaab Gang movie with Director Soumik Sen
Juhi Chawla and Director Soumik Sen promoting Gulaab Gang movie 

Director Soumik Sen and Madhuri Dixit on promotion of Gulaab Gang
 Director Soumik Sen and Madhuri Dixit sitting for Gulaab Gang movie promotion 

 Director Soumik Sen and Madhuri Dixit
 Director Soumik Sen and Madhuri Dixit

Gulaab Gang lead actors Madhuri Dixit in formals and Juhi Chawala in gown
Madhuri Dixit looking smart in formals and Juhi Chawala gorgeous in white gown

Stunning divas Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawala during Gulaab Gang promotion
Bollywood's most promising Divas Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawala 

Madhuri Dixit on promotion of Bollywood movie Gulaab Gang
Madhuri Dixit with team Gulaab Gang

Juhi Chawala and Madhuri Dixit sitting on chairs
Juhi Chawala and Madhuri Dixit 

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