Mumbai: While the Madhuri Dixit-Juhi Chawla starrer 'Gulaab Gang' on social injustice against women will hit the screens next month, a documentary titled 'Gulabi Gang' revolving around its leader Sampat Pal working towards the same issue will release in theatres on February 21.
'Gulab Gang', directed by Soumik Sen, is a story of a gang of women fighting against social injustice and will release on March 7.
While 'Gulabi Gang' is a 96 minute feature-length documentary following the story of Sampat Pal and the feisty women of her organisation with the same name as they combat gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption in the badlands of Bundelkand in central India.
Directed by Nishtha Jain, the documentary is based on Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, who have also provided inspiration for the Madhuri starrer 'Gulaab Gang'. "We did not face a problem working with Gulabi Gang. We had their full support, they want media... people to come
and see their work. But there is lot of resistance against Gulabi Gang as they are fighting against corrupt officials, making cases against men who are killing or beating women," Nishtha said. The documentary is being presented by actor-producer Sohum Shah, who was seen in 'Ship of Theseus'.
"The film has a great story, and is highly entertaining. I have always believed that cinema is a great medium for education. A film like this can help spread awareness on the current state of gender inequality in India," Sohum said. Sohum chose to release the film as he is working towards changing the way Indian audience look at documentaries. "Just as so many people came forward to support us when we released 'Ship of Theseus', I feel like it is my turn to lend my support to a film that I feel needs to be seen," he said.