The good part about the film isn’t its noble intention but the sputtering chemistry of Madhuri Dixit Nene and Juhi Chawla that makes it a film worth investing on. Though Chawla soars in her stronger portrayal, Madhuri’s indomitable conviction of delivery wins just as much. For them alone, watch and applaud it…. Sen like most of us is definitely an ardent Madhuri fan. And even when he exceeds the time spent on her by a galloping degree, you won’t be complaining as Dixit’s fervor is still spry. She is effectively convincing in her spirited performance adding fiber to her largely author backed role with perseverance. The lady after the delicate role of Begum Para in Dedh Ishqiya shows her mettle in with equal vigor proclaiming to the younger guns what female superstars of Bollywood were originally made of. READ MORE
Times of India: 3/5
The action is crackling and Madhuri looks great, going from dhak-dhak to thak-thak with a big stick. Alongside, Juhi shines with malicious pleasure as Sumitra Madam ji whose ambition - to become raja from patrani - is ferocious. READ MORE
IBNLive tweet review:
Both @MadhuriDixit and @iam_juhi deliver a super performance in #GulaabGang. Good to see Juhi doing something out of her comfort zone. READ MORE
At one point, Dixit does a vaguely kung-fu move that has her leaping off the ground, vaulting off the bonnet of a truck and then slam-dunking her opponent. It’s as adrenalin-charged as any fight scene in Bollywood. Safe to say, Dixit is as credible as Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar when she’s taking out her competition with leaps and flying kicks. Unlike the two men, she can dance although that talent doesn’t come handy in this film, thanks to the ghastly choreography. READ MORE
Z News: 3/5
Minuses apart, the scenes between Madhuri and Juhi will make you truly wish to see them more often together, for they make a captivating duo on screen and have it in them to give the Khans a run for their money! READ MORE
Miss Malini: 3/5
It’s quite the casting coup anyway to see Juhi and Madhuri in a film together, and they both do a great job – especially when in the same frame. Madhuri gives Rajjo her all, doing everything from singing, dancing, and fighting. READ MORE
Planet Bollywood: 4/5
Madhuri’s act is impressive as well, especially her high octane action sequences making it a ‘macho’ film no less. These 90’s stars are back in form, giving newcomers some tough competition. READ MORE
The best scenes arrive when Rajjo takes on Devi. Their confrontations crackle. If Dixit can pull off evangelical dialogues with conviction and grace, then there’s Chawla who matches it with a smirk. It’s these two performers that make the drama work. READ MORE
Madhuri Dixit has played almost similar characters earlier (Ketki in Mrityudand and Janki in Lajja), but Rajjo in Gulaab Gang unlike those earlier characters is not a victim. She is not an avenger; she is a crusader, fighting for justice. Madhuri is conviction personified in the role, especially her fight sequences….Madhuri and Juhi are a dream casting coup. READ MORE
Boxoffice Capsule: 3.5/5
Performance wise Madhuri Dixit is superb and easily delivers best performance of her life. Her eyes, dialogue delivery and mannerism are spellbinding. No doubt that she will be strong contender to pick awards next year. READ MORE
Moviez ADDA: 2.25/5
Madhuri Dixit looks great in her pink sarees and does a great job. Even though the action scenes seems over the top. READ MORE
Madhuri surely impresses as the leader of this girl gang. We were totally blown away after watching Ms Nene doing those high octane action scenes. READ MORE
Madhuri is great in the role of a social crusader, and she impresses with the mastery of the local dialect….. Gulaab Gang is an interesting movie which is a must watch due to the brilliant performances of Madhuri dixit and Juhi Chawla. READ MORE
Bollywood Hungama: 3.5/5
The simmering tension between Madhuri and Juhi is captured wonderfully. Besides, a couple of dramatic sequences leave a hammer-strong impact….. A big reason the film never feels contrived is its tremendous cast, especially Madhuri and Juhi. It’s a pleasure to watch Madhuri essay the role of Rajjo with flourish. In her three-decade-long career, the actress has worked in practically all genres of cinema, but GULAAB GANG gives her the platform to explore not just the dramatics, but action too. She enacts the part of a righteous woman with supreme understanding and deserves brownie points for a terrific portrayal…..On the whole, GULAAB GANG is well-intentioned with several powerful moments, especially towards the second half. The game of power and politics is well captured too. Additionally, the bravura performances of Madhuri and Juhi add immense weightage to the film. Watch it! READ MORE
Delhi HC lifted its stay order on Thursday, thereby allowing the nationwide release of Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla-starrer Gulaab Gang on March 7.
Earlier in the day, a bench of acting chief justice B D Ahmed and justice S Mridul agreed to hear the plea of film’s producers, Sahara One Media and Entertainment Ltd.
The producers approached the division bench challenging the order of the single judge who on Wednesday stayed the release till May 8.
The film is allegedly based on the life of activist Sampat Pal and her organisation Gulabi Gang even though the producers and the film’s director Soumik Sen have denied it.
Sampat Pal claimed in her petition that the film is based on her group Gulabi Gang, comprising women vigilantes in UP wearing pink sarees.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva had restrained the film’s producers and their agents from “releasing, exhibiting, distributing and promoting” the film in India till the next date of hearing on May 8, saying “irreparable damage and injury” would be caused to Pal if it is released.
Pal in her plea has claimed that her permission was not sought prior to making of the film and had alleged that it contains defamatory content which would adversely affect her reputation.
She has alleged that as per the film’s promos, the lead actress playing her character was shown as an anti-social element, wielding swords and sickles, contrary to her real life persona.
While staying the release of the film - censored oruncensored, the court had rejected the argument of the producers that Pal should not be granted any relief as she came to the court at the last minute despite knowing about the making of the film since March 2013, saying it found no merit in the contention.
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According to the latest reports the Delhi High Court has restrained the release of Gulaab Gang in censored or uncensored form till May 8. The decision was taken after Sampat Pal, leader of “Gulaabi Gang”, filed a complaint against the makers for not asking her for permission to make a film on her life.
While Sampat Pal-ji could easily realize from just reading the synopsis and interviews that the story of Gulaab Gang is fictional and it is in no way her biography, we understand why she may have hold such an delusion and hoped the makers would have solved the issue with her earlier. Both parties had over two years to do so, however Sampat Pal only made her move now as of to gain as much attention and publicity as possible. Blame should however also be placed on the makers of the film, who also had many opportunities to reach out to Sampat and communicate with her, however chose to ignore her.
We hope that the issue gets resolved to the benefit of both parties and Gulaab Gang will be able to release, even if delayed.
Needless to say all Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla fans are now left with a bitter taste in their mouths, as this incident will surely have an effect on the film´s reception and performance at the box office.