Sampat Pal: Madhuri Dixit’s acting made me feel I was on screen
Vigilante activist Sampat Pal the leader of Gulabi Gang who had lodged a plea in Delhi HIgh court seeking a stay on the release of the movie claiming that teh makers had not sought her permission prior to making the movie and also that the movie contains certain scenes which will adversely affect her reputation . Later the High Court allowed themovie to be released but with a disclaimer rthat it is not based on Sampat life.The activist maybe irked with the producers ofGulaab Gang but she found similarities in Madhuri’s characterthat made her feel that her own life is being depicted onscreen .
As per sources, Sampat Pal had watched the movie with her lawyer said all the incidents portrayed were similar to her story, which was written by Amana Fontella Khan in her book Pink Sari Revolution”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. 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.”
Pal further added , “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. 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 as 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.”
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.