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Gulaab Gang
Director :  Soumik Sen
Music :  Soumik Sen
Lyrics :  Neha Saraf, Shreya Narayan and Soumik Sen
Starring :  Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Divya Jagdale

February 18, 2014 11:39:17 AM IST
updated March 9, 2015 6:08:13 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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Class director of films like TUM BIN, DUS and RA. ONE, Anubhav Sinha's films have always had chartbusting music. And one knows for sure that Anubhav has an ear for good classy music. So we expect some nice, melodious folk based compositions in GULAAB GANG, which is the next venture of his own production house Benaras Media Works in association with Sahara Motion Pictures. Multi-talented Soumik Sen composes, aided by lyricists Neha Saraf and Shreya Narayan. So let's get on and check out the music of a film, which perhaps for the first time in Bollywood history deals with two powerful female protagonists, pitted against each other.

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The number, 'Gulaabi' sketches the strong, intense, larger than life character of the lead protagonist, and it can be also classified as the theme song as it gives an insight into the story, very much like 'Omkara'. The tune that Soumik chooses suits the mood and so do the apt Hindustani musical arrangements with abundant use of 'dhol', 'shankh', 'sitar' etc. The strong and deep throated vocals of singers, Malabika Brahma and Shipla Rao are tailor made for the song.

The situational socio-political 'Dheemi Dheemi Si', a song of awakening takes a dig at the power hungry politicians and has a nice fusion of folk and semi-classical and takes a rather unusual and novel route musically. Kaushiki Chakraborty comes in with the melodious 'mukhda' while Malabika Brahma (the new female Sukhwinder!) chips in with the dark humour filled vociferous style rendition. Lyrics are apt as well as interesting and topical.


Nice 'ghatam' sounds and lovely harmonica kick off the item song of the year, 'Sharm Laaj', which hooks with its lovely gripping rhythm and it would be a treat to watch the dancing queen, Madhuri's spellbinding moves on screen. Malabika does well, ably supported by Pavni Pandey.

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.''

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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.


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!

 Rating : 
3.5/ 5 stars

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