Movie Name: Gangubai Kathiawadi
Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Jayantilal Gada
Starring: Alia Bhatt, Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari, Rohit Sukhwani, Seema Pahwa
Genre: Crime, Drama, Biography
Release Date: 30 July, 2021
Running Time: –
Gangubai Kathiawadi is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language biographical crime film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and based on a chapter of Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai about Gangubai Kothewali, the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura. The film stars Alia Bhatt as Gangubai, while Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari and Seema Pahwa play supporting roles, with special cameos by Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Huma Qureshi. It is scheduled for theatrical release on 30 July 2021.
The film is about the life of Gangubai Kothewali, a young girl sold into prostitution by her boyfriend Ramnik Lal, and how she becomes the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura.
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 Kathiawadi. Principal photography begun in Mumbai on 27 December 2019.
The film marks the Bollywood debut of television personality Shantanu Maheshwari, who portrays Gangubai’s boyfriend Ramnik Lal. Production was put on hold in March 2020 due to the lockdown ordered by the Indian government owing to the Chinese Virus COVID-19 pandemic, when the film was 70% complete. Bhatt resumed work on 6 October 2020, and Ajay Devgn who is playing a cameo joined sets on 27 February 2021.
The film is scheduled for release on 30 July 2021.