Madhuri’s acting made me feel I was on screen
Vigilante activist Sampat Pal may be angry with the producers of “Gulaab Gang” but in Madhuri Dixit’s character she finds a reflection of her own life
New Delhi: Vigilante activist Sampat Pal may be angry with the producers of “Gulaab Gang” but in Madhuri Dixit’s character she finds a reflection of her own life so stark that it makes her feel “it was me on screen”.
“The battle about the movie has not ended and I will keep it going till my demands are met, but Madhuri has definitely impressed me with her acting skills in the movie,” Pal, founder of the vigilante group ‘Gulabi gang’, told.
“Madhuri’s acting did remind me of my journey and of the times I have been through. I felt it was me on the screen,” she said, adding she has nothing against the actors and her fight is against the producers including Anubhav Sinha.
Pal had moved the court seeking a stay on the film’s release claiming that her permission was not sought prior to making of the film and had alleged that it contains defamatory content which would adversely affect her reputation.
The Delhi High Court on Thursday allowed the film to be released across the country but with a disclaimer that it has nothing to do with the life of Pal and her organisation.
Pal watched the movie on Friday along with her lawyer and said all the incidents portrayed were similar to her story, which was written by Amana Fontella Khan in her book ‘Pink Sari Revolution’.
“The filmmakers are claiming that its not my story, but after watching the movie, I am even more sure. It has all what my life has been all about,” she claimed.
“Giving a disclaimer won’t change the reality. I am right here, the movie has the same story which has been written by Amana Fontella Khan in ‘Pink Sari Revolution’. How can Madhuri Dixit’s character ‘Rajjo’ be a fictitious one,” she asked.
“How I protested against violence against women, how I approached the CM when electricity wasn’t available in remote areas of Bundelkhand, how I had to go to jail, how I got a Congress ticket from the Manikpur constituency in Chitrakoot district in the 2012 UP Assembly polls, it’s all there in the movie,” she said.
Pal, a child bride and former government health worker, formed the gang of pink sari-clad women in 2006 which works for rights of women in impoverished Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.