An Anubhav Sinha movie where two real-life rivals, or to put it subtly, competitors of the 90s come together in 2014! The Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Juhi Chawla starrer Gulaab Gang is a movie that many are thrilled about. The film releases on 7th March, not so coincidently on Woman’s Day. It is a movie, set in Madhya Pradesh, about women’s rights, liberation and justice, about evil vs. good, about the power of political leaders vs. the strength of common women. The promos are spectacular and both the brilliant actresses are at their, well, absolutely brilliant best. Is the music album as powerful as the promos? Most of it, yes! The songs seem to fit flawlessly in the storyline, giving it depth as well as a boost.
Whether it is the lyrics of the song, the way it has been sung by Shilpa Rao, or the video, the title track gives you goosebumps and leaves you awed. There is so much power in this song – womanpower. This song fumes of women rights, and it feels like no other title track could have ever done justice to this movie.
Dheemi Dheemi Si
Sung by Kaushiki Chakraborty, this song is pretty much a verbal war between the politicians and the common man, or in this case, women. The route taken here is that of casual humor, and yet there is a deeper meaning to it. The song starts slow and intense, then picks up pace where the silly lyrics, which are actually representing the reality of life. The song is overall not so attractive, and you’ll not really want to reach till the end of this song.
Another song sun by Shilpa Rao, this song is a men’s tease. It’s bold, brazen, and absolutely raw. The song is passable, and I wouldn’t really give it another hear. Yet, for the movie it feels just apt.
Sung so sorrowfully and beautifully by Kaushiki Chakraborty, this song portrays the frustration of women, and of the leader of Gulaab Gang. It’s a wonderful soundtrack, but it is only meant to be enjoyed while watching the movie. Otherwise, it’s quite chilling.
Rang Se Hui
A holi song by Kaushiki Chakraborty that takes the folk route, obviously. Perfect for Holi season, but rather boring. Though the tune is nice, the lyrics are strange, and there is some story in the song which you lose track of after 4 lines.
Rangi Saari Gulaabi
Madhuri Dixit’s voice is as gorgeous as herself! It’s her who has sung this beautiful love song. Her voice has an element of affection, coyness and tenderness. The track starts with Anupama Raag’s peculiar voice meant for an older woman, continued by Madhuri, and towards the end Snehalatha Dikshit comes in, which seems to be the voice of a very young woman. The contrast between the old, the young and the adolescent also makes this song charming. It feels like three different generations are singing this song.
Teri Jai Ho
Sung by Soumik Sen, the director himself, this song is a tribute to the leader of Gulaab Gang, and to womanhood. It describes the strength, depth and timelessness of a woman. What a wonderfully moving track to end the album!
An album with some very stirring numbers and some delightful folk beats. It has all female-oriented tracks, and only one song sung by a male (which is also about women). Yes, it’s bursting with feminism. It isn’t the kind of album you would listen to on your way to work on the radio or on a lazy Sunday at home. It suits better as a part of the movie.