Gangubai Kathiawadi

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Gangubai Kathiawadi , the role played by actress Alia Bhatt is based on the life of Gangubai Kathewali, a brothel owner in Mumbai’s Kamathipura area. Gangubai is a controversial figure of 1960s and the story was documented by author and journalist Hussain Zaidi in his book Mafia Queens Of Mumbai.

The teaser for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film was released and the viewers get a glimpse into the life of the powerful woman that Alia Bhatt is all set to portray onscreen. 

As per the book, Mr Zaidi describes Gangubai as a small woman, just five-feet-tall who commanded huge respect in Kamathipura. Gangubai was born as Ganga Harjeevandas in the village of Kathiawad in Gujarat, sometime in the 1940s. When she was young, Ganga ran away from her home after secretly marrying her father’s accountant, Ramnik Laal.

The two arrived in Mumbai, where Ramnik tricked her and sold her into prostitution for ₹ 500. According to details provided in Mafia Queens Of Mumbai, Ganga gave up her original name and became Gangu at this point. From there, Gangubai never looked back in life. She rose through  her connections with the Mumbai underworld don Karim Lala. It is said that she even tied a rakhi on Karim Lala’s wrist after he promised to protect her from one of his goons who had raped Gangubai twice. 

Gangubai started as a sex worker in Kamathipura and went on to own and manage several brothels in the area. She took on the surname of “Kathewali” when she won the local ‘gharwali‘ elections to become a brothel madam at a young age. These elections are held to determine ranks among the sex workers of Kamathipura. 

In his book, Mr Zaidi stated that Gangubai never kept any woman in the brothel against her consent. Instead, she was known as “the only brothel madam who did not give priority to business and money but to women.” She also dedicated her life for the betterment of sex-workers and orphans. She even led the movement against the removal of Mumbai’s prostitute market at the same time. Even today, the statue of Gangubai is installed in Kamathipura, Mumbai.

Gangubai Kathiawadi will be released on July 30. 

After Priyanka Chopra (who was almost locked for leading role) backed out due to date issues and Rani Mukerji declined the offer, it was officially announced in September 2019 that Alia Bhatt will be playing the main character in Gangubai. Huma Qureshi is in an item number whereas Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi are in small roles. In the teaser, Alia is seen portraying different looks and it seems she is carrying the character of her role well. Lets see how it will be portrayed on screen on July 30.

Gangubai Kathiawadi Movie Cast

  • Alia Bhatt as Ganga Harjivandas / Gangubai Kothewali
  • Shantanu Maheshwari as Ramnik Lal, Ganga’s husband
  • Vijay Raaz
  • Indira Tiwari
  • Rohit Sukhwani
  • Seema Pahwa
  • Ajay Devgn as Karim Lala
  • Emraan Hashmi as Karim Lala’s assistant
  • Huma Qureshi

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Gangubai Kathiawadi Movie Credit

  • Directed by : Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • Produced by : Jayantilal Gada
  • Written by : Bhavani Iyer
  • Story by : Hussain Zaidi
  • Music by : Sanchit Balhara

Gangubai Kathiawadi Movie Releasing Date

25 Feburary 2022

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Gangubai Kathiawadi Movie Short Description

Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Alia Bhatt as a brothel owner in Mumbai’s Kamathipura area.

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