She'll make you bleed and possibly break your bones.
India's Bollywood industry is due to release "Gulaab Gang" (translated as "pink gang"), on March 7, just in time for International Women's Day on March 8. The film, which stars 46-year-old leading lady Madhuri Dixit, known for her dance and romance hits, plays a woman fighting for social justice in central India, wrapped in a pink saree and carrying a bamboo stick.
The film is said to be inspired by Sampat Pal Devi's "Gulabi Gang", a women's rights movement whose members are known for wearing pink sarees and confronting oppressive men, often getting physical with them. Devi and her "justice gang" fight against forced marriages, child labour, domestic abuse and rally for everyday needs for the country's poorest.
While the film has a similar agenda, directors also cast Juhi Chawla, 46, who plays a crooked politician trying to bring Dixit's character down. Although Dixit doesn't call herself a feminist, but an independent strong woman instead, this movie is the first time Bollywood has created two female leads playing both good and evil characters and fighting men.
And while it may seem like a cheesy Indian marital arts movie at first glance, the film itself has a bigger message. In a country known as one of the worst places in the world for women, plagued with female infanticide and horrifying stories of gang rapes, a blockbuster like this seems to be heading in the right direction. And if the trailer above didn't send a message of female empowerment, the film's Facebook page also shares daily quotes and messages about women's rights.
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