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Gulabi Gang Review (Documentary)

Gulabi Gang  Rating: 3.5/5

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Ratings:– Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

Jain’s film is a deeply affecting work that reminds us of the vulnerability of women in rural India, and shines a light on the efforts of this group to protect, educate, and empower their gender against cruel husbands, corrupt politicians, and an orthodox, regressive mindset. The film, which I strongly recommend that you watch, is a testament to their courageous work and the difference they have made

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)

The documentary, Gulabi Gang is a record of an extraordinary women’s movement started by the extraordinary Sampat Pal Devi in Uttar Pradesh in 2006. Sampat Pal is remarkable for her strength and courage but Jain also captures the contradictions in this revolution. Pal has power. People touch her feet. She can get things done – in places, she seems like a don. But what she has wrought is incredible and inspiring. Gulabi Gang is a fascinating portrait of the power of one. I’m going with three and a half stars.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:  Rahul Desai Site:Mumbai Mirror

It is impossible not to wonder if the featured authorities would have behaved differently if there were no cameras hovering over them, but I suppose every documentary must cope with this inevitable margin for error. This still makes for a compelling study of a fascinating group amidst an epidemic of patriarchal darkness. I doubt you will see a more important film this year. Gulabi Gang is an ideology, a searing exercise in awareness, which is why you must make this your mandatory watch this weekend.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

Gulabi Gang’, Nishtha Jain’s award-winning documentary gives us an up-close view of Sampat Pal and her gang, which dons pink ‘saris’, and hefts ‘lathis’, and fights for injustice where it is most needed. Clearly, Sampat is a remarkable woman, and a remarkable story. The 1.5 hour film is an important document. Clearly, Sampat is a remarkable woman, and a remarkable story.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today

Nishitha Jain’s documentary is a very important one. It’s an eye opener for all of us living in the cities with all the comforts and luxuries. We feel India is developed because that’s the picture we get living in the metros, it is developed but not entirely. The purpose of making this documentary is surely to create awareness. The makers have done their job well. Now it’s up to us to spread the word and recommend this film. Whatever you may be doing this weekend, take out sometime to watch Gulabi Gang. Watch it, because it’s important!

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Ratings:– Review By: Deepanjana Paul Site:First Post

Gulabi Gang is a documentary that you should watch with Google at hand. It’s not comprehensive, in that Jain doesn’t delve into either Pal’s own history or the beginnings of Gulabi Gang. Neither does it provide a particularly in-depth understand of Bundelkhand’s social hierarchies. The villages in the documentary could have been in any part of north or central India. But Gulabi Gang does an offer a glimpse into why Pal, with her ego and her confidence, is such a hero to those who commit to the pink sari: she’s one of the few women who are committed to fighting for other women.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

Jain carries me with her daunting journey that I will hold on to for many years probably. The instances were revolting, the tall talks about women’s morality – a sham and the despite the distressing situations – Gulabi Gang is a ray of hope, brimming with optimism to change the stringent attitudes with galvanizing ferociousness. I am going with a 3.5/5 and a big thumbs up to the Gulabi Ladies. This movie made a part of your movement in spirit!

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  1. GULABI GANG: Deeply disturbing, shocking yet entertaining! Recommended!! [4/5]

    More than 3 hours and I am still feeling suffocated with an utterly devastating insight about how inhuman, ruthless and cold-blooded our society can be. Wooden faced impassive men are shamelessly trying to cover up a planned murder of a young girl to avoid legal consequences for the family in question; quoting a Ramayana stanza that reads it’s all written in the destiny and we are no one to change. There is also a mother who doesn’t blink in doubts while confessing that she would totally understand the intensity of the crime if their sons could kill their own sister for dishonoring the family by marrying a man of her own choice. If this all looks or sounds an exaggerated dramatized plot of some thriller, let me pinch, punch and shake you up to the harsh reality we are in.

    Nishtha Jain’s shockingly real GULABI GANG is packed with such shameful episodes and each one makes me feel like crying out loud over our dying empathy for humanity but that’s not all. There is a ray of hope too and in the courageous name of Sampat Pal, the founder lady of a pink clad women group aka the Gulabi Gang.

    In the Bundelkhand Region, Sampat Pal runs an organization at her own to help women fight against crime. We all have seen her in a reality show on Indian television. We all, at some point have laughed at her overtly simple behavior but here, she beats us all and emerges as one of most determined, powerful and extremely concerned social worker. She can smell the fishy. She can make things in process. She can talk unhesitantly for the right. With her gang of 15000+ members, she does ‘dharna’ and ‘hunger strike’ against the powerful and corrupts. She leads, guides, educates and empowers the suppressed women around her. She shows us to be the voice for a change in this conservative, regressive and thoroughly patriarchy ruling power of men.

    Nishtha Jain brilliantly documents the workings of the gang. From capturing the all burnt into ashes body of the girl murdered to questioning the local police in charge for their inactivity in filing the case, she actively participates as an earnest investigative partaker. Watch out for a shot where camera shows villagers of all ages gathered to witness the event but don’t really want to be vocal about and start moving out to leave the frame empty at the end.

    Documentaries are known to be dead factual and less entertaining but GULABI GANG is sure an exception. If it makes you cringe with deeply disturbing truth of our society, fuming over your helplessness to bring some change and feel extremely sensitive about the sufferings women are facing in some part of our country not very far from where we are, it also fills you with its sheer proportion of entertainment. For instance; in an incident, as Sampat Pal recollects, one uninformed lady was told to give her vote on the symbol ‘Chair’ of course on the ballot paper but she ended up putting stamp over a wooden chair nearby and the mistake got repeated for more than 50 times for the women next in line. Ironic but entertaining!

    Overall, there can never be a pretext why one should not watch it. We may not have time to spare from our ‘comforted’ life schedules. We may have our own priorities in life to make it better but trust me; this is bigger than yours and definitely not something out of this world. A little concern and some acknowledgement will do much in restoring the humanity in us. A must-watch! [4/5]

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