Monday, December 22, 2014

Loose but Exhilarating

GULAAB GANG (2014)

Produced By: Benaras Mediaworks, Sahara Movie Studios and others
Director: Soumik Sen
Starring: Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Divya Jagdale and others
Pros: Fast and exciting narrative, good premise, good music
Cons: Loose story, incoherent at times
Rating: *** of 5 (3 of 5)

So this begins my series of reviews of the movies I saw on the long flight from Chicago to Hyderabad, starting off with this refreshing social tale of a woman who forms a private vigilante army to protect women and their interests in the face of unscrupulous opposition.

Gulaab Gang is much more than a feel-good movie though: unlike previous movies in this genre, this is based on a strong story, although it does falter and fails to make sense at times. Nonetheless, apart from bringing in tried-and-tested stars from the last generation, the movie comes with an excellent premise. It goes against, and even takes potshots at, political dramas like Rajneeti that are little more than a lot of senseless violence. This movie, set in virtually any Indian village, recognizes politics for what it really is and what it can be, which is its biggest strength and the credit for which goes to the director, of course.

Though it can be incoherent as a result, the story is fast-paced and keeps the audience engaged throughout the movie. The music is pretty good, with my favorite Teri Jai Ho being kept for the credits. Overall, a good movie that's worth watching. (OTFS)

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