The scrapping of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ambitious project with Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt titled Inshallah came across as a major shock. Not just fans of the trio, but Alia too, was left heart-broken, considering her long-time desire to work with the maverick filmmaker. However, being the magician, he is, Bhansali, who also wanted to do team up with the Kalank actress, almost immediately announced a film with her titled Gangubai Kathiawadi, leaving avid cinema watchers excited. Based on a brothel madam from the red light area, Kamathipura in Mumbai, Gangubai Kathiawadi is said to be inspired by a chapter from the book Mafia Queens Of Mumbai.
Gangubai Kathiawadi, an influential pimp from Mumbai, is said to have changed the face of the region and is one of the most remembered women. Apart from being a prostitute and even a courtesan, Gangubai was also infamous for running a sex racket along with being a drug-peddler and a hitman. And considering her story being told by Bhansali, who is known to give his films a larger-than-life and grand treatment, the veteran is said to be going soft on this stark topic, if reports of a leading daily are to be believed. As per reports, Bhansali will be whitewashing and 'glossing over the underbelly side' of the film to make the character look a little less dark and harsh.
Speaking more about Gangubai Kathiawadi, PeepingMoon.com sources informed that Ajay Devgn will be joining Alia in the film as the Pathan mobster Karim Lala and shall reunite with his Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam director after many years. Apart from that, Alia, who is essaying the titular role, is said to take diction classes to get the dialect right before the film goes on floors.
Gangubai Kathiawadi will release on September 11, 2020.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)