Juhi Chawla at first felt that director Soumik Sen was out of his mind when he offered that actor her first negative role in the yet-to-release movie Gulaab Gang. “The first time I heard the role I thought he (Soumik Sen) has gone insane. Gradually, I got convinced after he explained it further. I thought it would be wonderful if I could do it,” Juhi, 46, told reporters at a press conference. Soumik also joked that he had to show his musical side to the actor in order to convince her.
“I had to sing to convince her,” Soumik joked. Produced by Anubhav Sinha, the movie also features Madhuri Dixt, who plays a firebrand leader while Juhi essays the part of a power-hungry politician. Casting Juhi as the antagonist of the film was Soumik’s effort to break the mould. “I had cast Madhuri as the hero of the film as it was in my mind from before but while choosing a villain I thought it must be as big if not bigger,” Soumik said.
“I was also trying to break the mould as Charlie Chaplin, Amol Palekar have done earlier and therefore Juhi was taken as the villain for the film,” he added.
Dixit, who was last seen on the screen in Dedh Ishqiya, said the film gives an important message about women empowerment. “Through the film we want to give out a message that women need to be empowered, they need to be educated for them to feel independent and get respect in the society. Rajjo is in every woman, there’s only the need to identify her,” Madhuri said