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Gangubai Kathiawadi: Alia Bhatt Stars As Mumbai’s Mafia Queen

Sanjay Leela Bhansali releases the teaser and poster of his much-anticipated film Gangubai Kathiawadi.

The teaser of the much-awaited Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Gangubai Kathiawadi starring Alia Bhatt in the eponymous character was released today.

The celebrated director gave a special gift to the audience on his birthday by unveiling the brilliant and exceptional teaser of his venture.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is known for his grand cinema and excellent filmmaking sense, yet again impressed his fans with the teaser of Gangubai Kathiawadi.

It promises to be one of the most exciting and interesting projects helmed by the director.

The film will mark the 10th directorial of cinema maestro and looks like it will one of his best works so far, bringing a combination of beauty and grandeur to the bring screen.

Known for bringing the best out of any artist, Bhansali surely has tapped onto the right spot to get the best performance by the actress Alia Bhatt.

The background score in the teaser like his other movies has already begun to be the talk of the town. Fans are in awe of the gifted filmmaker’s music compositions.

Kathiawadi’s life has been chronicled in the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai, penned by best-selling novelist and retired investigative reporter S Hussain Zaidi.

Gangubai was multi-faceted: Indian criminal, don, sex worker, businesswoman and a controversial figure from Kathiawar, India.

She operated a sex racket in the Hera Mandi red light district and emerged as a very influential figure in Mumbai through the 60s.

Ganga Harjeevan Das Kathiawadi was born in 1939 in Kathiawar.

She came from a well-settled family and being the only girl child in her family, she was apparently quite pampered by her parents.

She studied at a local government school in Gujarat and despite finishing her school education she didn’t study further.

One day, at the age of 16, Gangubai fell in love with her father’s accountant and ran away with him to Mumbai.

Kathiawadi is said to have been interested in acting and wanted to try her luck in films.

But her life changed when her husband sold her for Rs. 500 to a brothel, forcing her into prostitution.

Gangubai was compassionate towards other women from the community.

According to media reports, she used her influence to champion the rights of sex workers and affirmed that their job didn’t authorise anyone to violate them.

Gangubai slowly rose to power through her links with the Mumbai underworld.

She maintained and operated many brothels in the red light district of the city, ultimately earning herself the name, ‘Madam of Kamathipura’.

The powerful individual rode in a black Bentley, the only brothel owner to have one in those times.

Because of her personal ordeal, Gangubai was compassionate towards other women from the community.

She used her influence to champion the rights of sex workers and their empowerment and affirmed that her job did not authorise anyone to violate her.

Reportedly, she even requested then-Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to address difficulties encountered by sex workers.

Her attempts to better the living conditions in Kamathipura won her respect from the community.

Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Dr Jayantilal Gada (Pen Studios), the film is all set to hit the cinema halls on 30th July this year.

Watch Gangubai Kathiawadi teaser here:

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