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Gulaab Gang  Rating: 2.3/5

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

A handful of scenes are nicely shot, like one in a lake, where a local politician’s rapist son finds himself surrounded by a few of Rajjo’s revenge-seeking gang members who emerge dramatically from under the water. But such portions are few and far between in this dull film. And if you must watch this film, watch it for Juhi Chawla’s inspired performance; it’s the only bright spot in Gulaab Gang. I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five. Muddled and forgettable.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

Although GULAAB GANG raises a strong voice against years of patriarchal pain and suffering — one might assume it tilts towards arthouse cinema — the fact of the matter is, Soumik presents the classic conflict between good and evil like any other masala film, replete with high-voltage drama, song-and-dance routine and of course, action sequences. 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!

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World (Hindustan Times)

The result is an ineffectual and messy ode to women empowerment in which women, with nicely styled hair, maim, kill, fight elections and in between find the time to sing and dance.For a real dose of women empowerment, watch Gulabi Gang, a terrific documentary on Sampat Pal, which is still running in select theaters. For Gulaab Gang, I’m going with two stars.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times of India (TOI)

 There are too many tangents, navels and nose-rings, diverting focus from Rajjo, the story’s driving force. Instead of knowing how and why she becomes the tigress of Madhavpur, we’re given mellifluous songs, intercut with soon-repetitive scenes of exploitation. Considering the subject’s intense power and the charisma of these stars, the movie’s hesitation with how to proceed stands out. At one point, Rajjo asks a woman, “Soch soch ke kaahi maarte ho?” That goes for Gulaab Gang too.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Rahul Desai Site:Mumbai Mirror

I: Madam does look menacing but don’t you think— She: Sometimes, it is necessary to be overdramatic. This is for the masses after all. I: Point. But carrying sickles and hammers? I didn’t feel—  She: What else do you critics want now? A Jai Ho song? A bloody climax? Real victims’ pictures? I: All three are present. Still, don’t you think a plot would have— She: Everything was a plot! The plot to kill, to take revenge, to fight elections, to use two superstars

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

Another point which will definitely go against the film is that except for the highly evolved audience, the other viewers will not appreciate the beating up of men by ladies – this, because of the male-dominated society Indians live in. For the same reason, lack of a hero in the drama will tell on the box-office performance of the film, that too in a very pronounced manner. On the whole, Gulaab Gang is too dull, dry and boring to entertain. It will be anything but in the pink of health at the ticket windows. It will flop miserably at the box-office.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV

Women who weave their own pink saris and are determined to put all pigs in their place, even if they are in the make-believe world of Gulaab Gang, should be the last people to enforce a stereotype that Hindi films have perpetuated for decades. Women, Madhuri and Juhi included, certainly deserve better.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Savera Somshekhar Site:Rediff

Gulaab Gang is director Soumik Sen’s debut, based on a story he has written, and he has clearly worked hard on the film. Unfortunately, taking on the responsibilities of screenplay and dialogue as well have worked to the detriment of the director. Here, she is saddled with a flawed script; something that she is not able to rise above. Also, for a film that is about women who have risen above their harrowed circumstances to help society, 

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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

Madhuri Dixi’s gang, on the other hand, is as make-believe as make-believe can get. ‘Gulab Gang’ is faking it. But from its opening frame you discover that in its supposed feminist garb, ‘Gulab Gang’ is actually the old-style good vs evil story, styled in the tired way these films have been for the longest time. How can you take a film seriously when each bout of `lathi’-clashing is interspersed with group dances, with Rajjo-Rani doing the familiar Dixit` latkas’ and `jhatkas’?

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

Gulaab Gang is nothing but an over-dramatized, over-filmy depiction of a potent as well as pertinent group of women who are toiling over the derogatory state of affairs of women in rural India. But 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 applause it.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Gayatri Shankar Site:Zee News

Overall, ‘Gulaab Gang’ may not be a typical film meant to taste success at the Box Office. The film does speak about issues that need urgent attention, but may not be enough to draw people to the theatres. But Juhi Chawla’s performance in the film isn’t worth a miss. So watch it for her.

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Ratings:– Review By: Sneha may Francis Site:Emirates 24 By 7

Debutant director Soumik Sen’s casting coup is wasted in a story heavily inspired by an all women gang of social crusaders called Gulaabi Gang. Although Sen steers away from turning it into a documentary, he liberally borrows real-life references from their pink revolution and guns for box-office glory without ever acknowledging their movement. It’s when the credits roll, at the end of two-hours-and-twenty-minutes, that you wish he had been man enough to give more insight into their journey. Instead, he lists out a number of unknown faces whose sacrifices and contributions have apparently empowered women and colours them pink.

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  1. Must watch movie…

  2. u r right. liking a movie or not depends upon personal choice. we should not be motivated in a negative way by the critics.Anyways,they r just doing their job.sometimes,they are also biased.while reviewing movies,the critcs speak in such manner about it as if they r great pandits and whatever they r saying is right.let them make a movie.then we will see how flawless it becomes?Gulaab Gang was very good and liked it a lot.madhuri was toooo good.juhi was also good.but there is really something magical about madhuri.

  3. if madhuri is doing overacting,then what is acting?infact she was so much self-composed in the movie.her actions,emotions,dialogue delivery style-everything was so superb.there was not a sign of overacting on her side.infact,she seemed very spontaneous and natural.

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