Sampat Pal interview in The Times of India
“Sampat Pal slams Madhuri Dixit." The Times of India. Stuti Agrawal. November 14, 2012.
Sampat Pal did an interview with The Times of India, in which she criticizes both Madhuri Dixit, the maker of an unauthorized movie based on Sampat’s life, and the group in Paris, France purporting to represent Sampat and the Gulabi Gang.
Interestingly, she says that Madhuri’s movie could have her approval if Madhuri would ask.
Your Gulabi Gang has actually inspired a movie called Gulab Gang, with Madhuri Dixit in the lead role…
We don’t want publicity. I am not happy about it because if she is doing a film on my gang, she should at least have taken permission from me. She hasn’t even bothered to meet me once. What does she (Madhuri) know about the pain women go through in real life? She can’t become Sampat Pal by just wearing a pink sari. If she uses our trademark pink sari or sticks in the movie we will stall the release of the film. But, if she comes to me and asks me politely, I shall give permission.
I had not known Sampat did not approve the Paris branch. In a different article, I read that the Parisian group had formed as a European representative of her work. I also found them representing her online and on Facebook. But here she is saying no, they did not have her permission.
Gulabi Gang also has a chapter in Paris…
Na doosra Gulabi Gang tha, na banega. Those people don’t have my permission any more and are now making money using my name. I don’t want their support.
So, unfortunately, it seems that the activism of Sampat Pal and the Gulabi Gang is solely located in Bundelkhand, for now.
The interviewer also asks about criminal charges against Sampat Pal:
Aren’t you affected by the fact that you have criminal cases pending against you?
Mujhe fark nahi padta. My integrity and courage have always seen me through. I have been to jail twice, and I don’t know how many more times I would have to go. Either I can secure my happiness or work for the society. I choose the latter.
I had not heard about that. I wonder what the charges are? If they are legitimate or a result of the corrupt law enforcement in Bundelkhand?
An explanation of why she went on Bigg Boss:
What was your motive behind joining Bigg Boss?
I didn’t know about this show until I was approached. At first I refused because I had to go to Brazil at that time. Then all my gang members suggested I should go, but some people tried to scare me saying it’s not a good place. That’s when I decided I should go and get a first-hand experience.
And finally, her upcoming plans:
What are your future plans?
I will do what I used to. I didn’t go there to search for work. Na jane kitni dukhiyari mahilayen meri raah dekh rahi hongi. Given a ticket, I will also fight elections.
I will be very happy to see Sampat Pal back to work for the Gulabi Gang.