Sampat Pal: Madhuri Dixit’s acting did remind me of my journey and of the times I have been through

The leader of Gulabi Gang and former Bigg Boss contestant is mighty impressed with the dhak-dhak girl’s performance in Gulaab Gang

Two icons of Bollywood – Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla came together for the very first time on the silver screen with Gulaab Gang. So the box office was expected to be rattling with big numbers. After all, who wouldn’t want to watch this face-off between two former contemporaries on the celluloid? But then came activist Sampat Pal, leader of Gulabi Gang and former Bigg Boss contestant, in the scene and lot of explosions took place just a day before the release of Gulaab Gang. Pal filed a case against the film with the Delhi High Court alleging that the movie is based on her and that the makers didn’t take her permission before making the film, which shows her in bad light. Phir kya hua? Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva restrained the makers of Gulaab Gang to release the film before May 8. However, everything was sorted and Gulaab Gang released on March 7, as per the original schedule.

Though Sampat is upset with the makers of the film, she is totally impressed with Madhuri’s performance. “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 said in an interview recently.

In Madhuri’s character, Pal finds a reflection of her own life. “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 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 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 saree-clad women in 2006 which works for rights of women in impoverished Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

(With inputs from PTI)