Gulaab Gang’ is all set for a release after all the grilling that the director Soumik Sen went through much before the casting and the filming of the film started. Soumik was an economist first and when he found himself writing films, he wrote films like ‘Anthony Kaun Hai’, ‘Ru Ba Ru’, and ‘Meerabai Not Out’.
While penning down ‘Gulaab Gang’, he thought of Madhuri Dixit and confesses, “’Gulaab Gang’ wouldn’t have been made had Madhuri not said yes. See, I have not assisted anyone. On the other hand, she is a legend. She has done it all and has nothing to prove to anyone. Her body of work and her name can’t be compared with anyone else’s. I shall be eternally grateful that Madhuri agreed to play the central protagonist in my film. I also wrote ‘Gulaab Gang’ and it so happened that this was the first film that Madhuri was interested in.”
“Then I met Anubhav Sinha who had just finished ‘Ra.One’. He was in Benaras then and had just started his company. We both carried a similar passion for our very first outings. Anubhav believed in the film, Madhuri was interested as well and together we went on to kick-start ‘Gulaab Gang’.”
Soumik was in a nerve-wracking state when he went to meet the diva Madhuri Dixit with the script and remembers fondly, “I had got through to Rikku-ji (Rikku Rakesh Nath), Madhuri’s manager. I gathered the courage and told Madhuri about the core storyline. Also, I had done a couple of songs and played them to her. She was interested and asked me to come back with the dialogue draft. Once I was ready with that, I gave her a proper narration. She was nice enough to ask me when I would be ready to begin shooting. I just told her that I was ready and would be ready to roll the moment she gave a go ahead!”
Today when finally the film is all geared up for a release, Soumik is elated and is very happy to be able to tell a story which is a woman Vs woman story. “I have loved films belonging to the Western genre as they inherently have a lot of dramatic elements to them. However, whether it is in Hollywood or Bollywood, this genre is always male-centric. You pick up a ‘Sholay’ or a ‘Dabangg’, it is always a man v/s man. I felt that a woman v/s woman conflict has never happened before and this is where ‘Gulaab Gang’ with Madhuri and Juhi Chawla took shape,” said Sen.
More power to you Soumik, for being able to tell such a story…