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Gangubai Kathiawadi: Mumbai Matriarch Rises Above Mafia Misogyny

Gangubai Kathiawadi trailer has just dropped. Heading for a Berlinale world premiere, Sanjay Leela Bhansali amalgamates grit and opulence for presenting an empowering yet heart-breaking story.

Gangubai (played by Raazi‘s Alia Bhatt) was an Indian criminal, don, sex worker, businesswoman and a controversial figure from the Gujarati district of Kathiawar, India. Born as ‘Ganga’, she operated a sex racket in the Hera Mandi red light district. Following that, she emerged as a very influential figure in Mumbai during the 60s.

Unlike previous Bhansali works, this packs several badass one-liners and the masala cinema style. It pays homage to the Hindi gangster genre. There is an onus on how a wronged woman fights the patriarchal society. In fact, this is an inherent theme in all Bhansali films, be it Devdas or Padmaavat.

The movie also packs some powerful performances by Vijay Raaz, Jim Sarbh, Seem Pahwa and Ajay Devgn. Indira Tiwari will be seen in the picture too. Viacom18 Studios & Paramount Pictures International are distributing in all International markets outside of India.

Produced by Bhansali Productions and Jayantilal Gada’s Pen Movies, Gangubai Kathiawadi hits cinemas on 25th February.

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