Alia Bhatt has confirmed doing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi.
The actor-director duo was supposed to collaborate earlier on InshaAllah featuring Salman Khan.
However, after this project got shelved, Bhansali has decided to cast Alia in the drama.
This big news was announced on social media by Bhansali Productions and Bhatt themselves.
A name you’ve heard a story you haven’t. #GangubaiKathiawadi ❤ This ones going to be special!!
Directed by #SanjayLeelaBhansali, releasing 11 September 2020. @bhansali_produc @prerna982 @PenMovies @jayantilalgada
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) October 16, 2019
Bhansali Productions tweets:
“A name you’ve heard, a story you haven’t. Directed by #SanjayLeelaBhansali starring @aliaa08 in and as #GangubaiKathiawadi Bhansali Productions and @PenMovies bring you this powerful story on 11th Sept 2020! All India distribution by #PenMarudhar.”
Earlier news reports suggested that Priyanka Chopra was originally being considered for the role.
However, it seems like the right script has come about for Bhansali and Alia, though it is not confirmed as to why PC could not do this project.
Some current news reports stated that Kartik Aaryan might also be considered as the male lead for the project, though this is yet unconfirmed.
Gangubai Kathiawadi will reportedly be a biopic based on the Madam Of Kamathipura, Gangubai Kothewali.
Based on a chapter from Hussain Zaidi’s novel Mafia Queens Of Mumbai, it is believed to focus on how Gangubai becomes an influential pimp in the city.
The film is scheduled to release in September next year.