Madhuri Dixit launched the music of her upcoming film, Gulaab Gang in Varanasi, outfitted in a Pankaj and Nidhi churidar ensemble.
The story line deals primarily with women’s empowerment and the film will release in cinemas across the country on International Women’s Day, the 7th of March.
Sources have it that the grounds where the event took place was packed to the gills with more than twenty thousand people in attendance. They were all there to cheer Madhuri and showed their support for the film wearing gulaabi (pink) caps.
If that was not enough of a show of support, a number of girl students from various schools and colleges performed dances and dramas at the event to enforce the film’s social message.
Madhuri plays Rajjo Devi, a tough activist who fights for women’s rights and issues. At the launch, she said, “A daughter keeps the balance intact in a family. There should be a sense of equality between a man and woman present in society. My character Rajjo in the film is fighting for the same cause. The character may be different from Madhuri as a person but Madhuri agrees and stands with Rajjo. The story of Gulaab Gang is a piece of my heart.”
Best known as Bollywood’s sweetheart, the film also stars Juhi Chawla, who plays her first negative role in a Bollywood film. Incidentally, Juhi and Madhuri were considered rivals in their heyday in the nineties. In fact, they have never acted in a film together before this.
The story is based on a group of real-life women who call themselves the Gulabi Gang. This fierce group of women from the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh, work for the well-being of other women who face various social problems like violence and domestic abuse.