Two big names with proven credentials in Hindi Cinema; a subject on women power. A win-win combination for any director. It's not possible to go downhill from here.
But that is precisely where director Soumik Sen goes from here. He is in a tearing hurry to make a hash of things.
Much was expected from this GULAAB GANG, but it falls flat right from the beginning. Poor writing and weak screenplay let the film down terribly. Add to it some over-the-top acting. All these are major hurdles that never allow the film a decent, seamless flow.
Even the villains are cartoons with no meat in their acting and no menace in their attitude. As such, the movie plods on like a boring documentary.
It begins with a voice-over detailing the story of small girl, Rajjo, who wanted to study as a kid. However, her step-mother would have nothing of it. She ensured that the poor little girl was beaten mercilessly even as the girl's father looked on helplessly. (Was he helpless?). But Rajjo was made of sterner stuff. She defies her evil step-mother. CHECK OUT: GULAAB GANG Movie Dialogues
The movie jumps forward to the time when Rajjo is now a woman. She has taken the cause of the other women in her village, fighting for their rights, and righting their wrongs. Even the men folk come to her Gulaab Gang when they need help!
Enter Madamji (Juhi Chawla). A political big-wig, she tries to win over Rajjo to win the elections after her alliance has lost favour with her.
Rajjo decides to stand against Madamji. Then begins the all too familiar story of blood, gore and betrayal.
Madhuri Dixit as Rajjo is saddled with a dead horse. With her role going nowhere, she keeps asking for a glass of water saying, ''Paani milega? Gala sukh raha hai.''
However, we get to see a different Madhuri here in full-on fight scenes. Like our superstars, she gets to fly around and punch the living daylights out of goons.
Juhi gets stuck in a plot which she does not know is going where. Her acting, or rather situation, could best be described as someone who has stepped on fresh dung and is desperately trying to shake it off. CHECK OUT: GULAAB GANG - Songs Lyrics
The supporting cast can be best described as over-enthusiastic extras.
Even after Madamji wins the elections (there was no voting) the drama continues. You wonder when the film will end!