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," Sampat Pal,
founder of the vigilante group Gulabi gang, told PTI.
"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.
Sampat 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.
Sampat Pal watched the movie on Friday (March 7) 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
"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.
Sampat 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.
The group, which also has a chapter in France, was formed
as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence
against women. The pink sari clad women visit abusive husbands
and beat them up with 'laathis' unless they stop abusing their
Sampat Pal, who also appeared on popular television reality
show-Big Boss in 2012, criticised the filmmakers for calling
her petition a 'publicity stunt'.
"The film makers might call it a stunt to attract
publicity, but I will keep the battle going. And as far as
publicity is concerned, neither my gang nor me has been short
of coverage in national or international media," she said.
Rubbishing reports of being ousted from the gang by the
national convener of the organisation, Pal said, "My gang is
just a group of people with similar ideology. I founded the
gang, whoever wanted to support, joined me. But who has the
authority to throw me out of the gang. If somebody is unhappy
with me or my ideology, he or she can go and form a separate
The decision to replace Sampat Pal was reportedly taken at a
meeting of the Gulabi Gang members held last Sunday (March 2) at Gaura
Baba Dham in Atarra area on the borders of Banda and
Chitrakoot. The meeting was convened by national convener of
the group Jai Prakash Shivhare who accused Pal of misusing the
gang's reputation and name to serve personal interests.
Sampat Pal, who has lived a large part of the last few years in
the public glare, said that its an attempt to tarnish her
"It's an attempt to malign my image and if it goes on I
might file a defamation suit," she said.
British filmmaker Kim Longinotto's documentary 'Pink
saris', Nistha Jain's documentary 'Gulabi Gang' and foreign
author Amana Fontella Khan's book 'Pink Sari Revolution: A
Tale of Women and Power in India' have also been based on the