Madhuri and Juhi flaunt power in 'Gulab Gang' new poster

Director Soumik Sen’s debut film, ‘Gulaab Gang’, is an upcoming women-centric Bollywood film, where both the protagonist and the antagonist are played by women and have men in supporting roles.

The new posters of the film show Madhuri Dixit carrying an axe and Juhi Chawla in a determined mood. The movie has Madhuri playing the leader of a vigilante group, Gulaab Gang, which not only spreads women’s empowerment, but also bashes up those who try to suppress them, while Juhi plays an astute politician who wants to use everyone to her advantage.

‘Gulaab Gang’ tells the story of a gang of Indian women dressed in pink saris fighting against social injustice in the Hindi heartland and Rajjo, played by Madhuri, is the leader.

According to initial reports, the film was based on Sampat Pal Devi’s life to portray ‘Gulabi Gang’, but Soumik refused it, saying that, although he appreciated her work, the movie was not based on her life.

Juhi, who was doubtful before signing for the film in a negative role, reportedly said, “When I read the script, it was great. But, by the end of it, I said, ‘Why will I do this role? People will not believe me if I do this role… I am really glad I am being accepted as a villain today. I was scared of people not accepting me this way or starting to laugh at my dialogues.” But she said that she had reconsidered working in the movie since Madhuri was the ‘hero’ of the film.

The director, while talking to a news agency, said, “You can say that it is a matriarchal society. I wanted to reverse the trend where men are either heroes or villains — or both. It is sort of a Utopian idea in Bollywood, where women are ‘hero’ as well as ‘villain’.”

“The story, however, is about the classic conflict between good and evil. The film is full of action scenes and ‘naach-gaana’ as in any other commercial film. I have tried to make it a believable world where women are at the centre of everything happening,” Soumik added.

Soumik had come up with the idea of the film four years ago when producers questioned the concept of a movie featuring women in lead roles. But, when Madhuri joined the cast, everything changed, he added.

The film, presented by Sahara Movie Studios and Bharat Shah and produced by Anubhav Sinha, is set to hit the big screens across India on the eve of International Women’s Day on March 7.