Good news for all the cinephiles! Finally, the wait has been over: the teaser of the next film starring Alia Bhatt has been released recently, the film being named Gangubai Kathiawadi Alia is seen in the titular role and very obviously looks stunning in the role. She shared the teaser on Twitter on Wednesday as her gift to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on his 58th birthday. She wrote that’s there’s no better way she could have wished him and called the film a part of her “heart and soul.”
About The Real Gangubai Kathiawadi
There was a woman named Gangubai Kathiawadi who came from Gujarat to Mumbai with her partner but was betrayed by him, selling her off and forced her to be a sex worker. Later she formed ties with the dark underworld and also gained the power to rule over some portions of Mumbai.
She later owned a brothel and became a champion of the rights of sex workers, saying they didn’t deserve being shamed and violated for their job. She also worked for the cause of women empowerment and orphans of Kamathipura.
About The Film and the Teaser Of Gangubai Kathiawadi
Reportedly the film is based on a book authored by Hussain Zaidi, named Mafia Queens of Mumbai. The protagonist, played by Alia, is that of a sex worker who hailed from the Kathiawad region of Gujarat and was forced into prostitution at a young age. Later she went on to become a brothel runner and also rose to a position of political power.
The teaser begins with Alia’s voice saying
“Gangu chand hain, aur chand hi rahegi”(she was the moon, and will remain so).
She plays a strong, uninhibited, and daring woman who urges to live with respect while not being afraid of police, MLA, pimps, and anyone. The teaser closes with Gangubai being elected the President of Kamathipura. In the poster shared by Alia Bhatt on Instagram, Gangubai is seen confidently sitting with one foot on the other, raised on a table.
Ajay Devgn will be seen in a guest appearance in the film. The film releases on 30th July 2021. Though it was meant to release last year, it got delayed due to the pandemic. The producers of the film were Bhansali Productions and Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Ltd, and it is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Stars like Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ram Charan, Katrina Kaif all have appreciated the teaser. Priyanka congratulated Alia for acting in such a bold and complex role and wished well the entire Sanjay Leela team. Here are some of the tweets
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) February 24, 2021
— Ram Charan (@AlwaysRamCharan) February 24, 2021
Alia!!!! I’m so proud of you my friend for stepping into complexity fearlessly. I hope you always keep shining. Presenting- Gangubai Kathiawadi! Congratulations Sanjay sir and team.@aliaa08 @bhansali_produc https://t.co/sD8MtbVpYy
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2021
Legal Complexities Of Gangubai Kathiawadi
Though the journey towards making the film wasn’t smooth because of a lawsuit filed against Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Alia Bhatt, and the writer of the sourcebook Hussain Zaidi, by the adopted son of Gangubai, Babuji Rawji, he complained that the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai portrayed a negative role of his mother as a sex worker and being connected with underworld Dons.
However, much to the advantage of the makers, the verdict came out in support of them after the court heard arguments of both parties. It ruled out the lawsuit since it was filed nine years in 2020 after the release of the book, which got published in 2011. Watch out for more!!