Sanjay Leela Bhansali is not ready to release the period drama Gangubai Kathiawadi on OTT under any circumstances. Even if the third wave of corona epidemic comes. If not, the country would have to be re-captured in captivity. But only when conditions become right for theaters will they release the film. Another issue is that the state of movie theaters has deteriorated due to the double blow of the epidemic. The unlocking process starts. Theaters will also open with conditions. Meanwhile, all the big Bollywood projects are also exclusively streamed on OTT one by one. Even though Bhansali has good ‘deals’, he doesn’t seem to have any intention of going OTT.
Some media reports cited sources related to Gangubai as saying that Bhansali is very happy with the project. Judging by the size of the scale, the visuals, and the emotions, Bhansali feels like this is his best movie to date and it can’t be relocated to the OTT platform at any cost. Bhansali is so impressed with the results that even if the pandemic continues, he would rather wait than continue OTT. No matter how long it takes to get to the theater, Bhansali will stay. In such a situation, it is natural that the wait for Gangubai can be long. First, there will be a lot of work to do on the film now. Recently, the old condition of theaters doesn’t seem to be returning either. Even if the cinemas open, you will have to find a safe schedule. Because in the last year and a half, a lot of great movies are hanging because of the epidemic.
Who was Gangubai?
Gangubai Kathiawadi was even called the ‘Queen of the Mafia’ of Mumbai. His story is very interesting. She was the daughter of a decent Kathiawadi family in Gujarat. Fell in love with a young man. She had a dream of becoming an actress. Leaving everything from home and family, that girl came to Mumbai with a lover and dreams. Married to a lover, but was only cheated on in exchange for love and trust. It was her husband who sold her to a brothel and the daughter of a respectable family became a prostitute. S Hasan Zaidi has written a chapter about him in his famous book ‘Mumbai Queens’. His real name was Ganga Harjivan Das.
She lived in Kamathipura, the red-light area of Mumbai, where she was also raped. At that time, the Karim Lala mob had a lot of influence in Mumbai. Gangubai approached him and asked for justice. It also made him brother Rakhi. Thanks to Karim Lala, Gangubai started walking in Kamathipura. Later, Gangubai fought hard for the rights of Kamathipura sex workers. Gangubai was also very politically active and her presence in Mumbai circles was effective. Even today, he is remembered with respect in the Kamathipura area.
We started filming Gangubai on December 8, 2019 … and we finished the movie now, 2 years later! This movie and the set have gone through two crashes … two cyclones … the director and the actor became covid during filming !!! the problems the set has faced is another movie pic.twitter.com/j30haVxB4y
– Alia Bhatt (@ aliaa08) June 27, 2021
Alia Bhatt plays the character
Alia Bhatt is playing the lead role in Gangubai Kathiawadi. Ajay Devgan plays the role of the Mafia Don Karim Lala. While Vijay Raj, Seema Pahwa, Indira Tiwari, Emraan Hashmi and Huma Qureshi also have important roles. Bhansali addresses himself. The filming of the film has recently been completed. Many looks from the film have been revealed. Audiences eagerly await the movie.