Rajjo (Madhuri Dixit) is determined to stand up for women's education. She sets up a powerful gang to work towards the social development in Madhaopur. The feisty women dressed in pink saris, armed with rods and sickles are popularly known as the 'Gulaab Gang'. Sumitra Bagrecha (Juhi Chawla), plays a scheming politician who wages a war against Rajjo and her gang. What follows is an intense yet somewhat haphazard battle between the two protagonists.
Soumik Sen's script unfortunately abides by the conventional 'Bollywood formula' norms of good over evil. However, the importance of the 'Gulaab Gang movement' is sadly lost in the conventionally commercial moments of the film. The first half is impressive, but the script loses luster in its second half. Even the climax doesn't add much value.
The film relies a little too much on its powerful dialogues and the clash between the leading ladies. In the bargain, the social message of women's empowerment and education is blatantly sidetracked.Even, the music fails to impress and one might wonder why a social activist should suddenly break into a song and dance routine. Also, Juhi's character is unrealistically one-dimensional.
However, the film is not devoid of it's positives. Madhuri and Juhi sizzle whenever they are in the same frame. The vibrant pink saris against the dull brown backdrop make for stunning visuals that have been brilliantly captured. Madhuri Dixit gives a spirited performance but her accent is not entirely convincing. Juhi Chawla is remarkable and as villainous as she can get. She even outshines Rajjo in parts. Priyanka Bose and Divya Jagdaleare are brilliant and add the necessary edge to an otherwise predictable plot.
On the whole, 'Gulaab Gang' impresses only in parts. The fate of the film solely lies on the seasoned shoulders of the two leading ladies. Watch this film only for Madhuri and Juhi's performances. We give this film a couple of Claps and quite a few Slaps!