Gangubai Kathiawadi

Gangubai Kathiawadi
Gangubai Kathiawadi film poster.jpg
First look poster
Directed bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Jayantilal Gada
Written bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Utkarshini Vashishtha
Story byHussain Zaidi
StarringAlia Bhatt
Music byScore:
Sanchit Balhara
Ankit Balhara
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
CinematographySudeep Chatterjee
Edited byAkiv Ali
Bhansali Productions
Pen India Limited
Distributed byPen Marudhar Entertainment
Release date
  • 30 July 2021 (2021-07-30)[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] It is scheduled for theatrical release on 30 July 2021.[1]


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.


Cameo appearances


After Priyanka Chopra (who was almost locked for leading role) backed out due to date issues and Rani Mukerji then declined the offer, it was officially announced in September 2019 that Alia Bhatt will be playing the main character in Gangubai Kathiawadi.[7] Principal photography begun in Mumbai on 27 December 2019.[8]

The film marks the Bollywood debut of television personality Shantanu Maheshwari, who portrays Gangubai's boyfriend Ramnik Lal.[9] Production was put on hold in March 2020 due to the lockdown ordered by the Indian government owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, when the film was 70% complete.[10] Bhatt resumed work on 6 October 2020, and Ajay Devgn who is playing a cameo joined sets on 27 February 2021.[11]


The film is scheduled for release on 30 July 2021.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "BREAKING: It's Alia Bhatt vs Prabhas as Gangubai Kathiawadi to take on Radhe Shyam at the box-office on July 30". Bollywood Hungama. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Alia Bhatt begins shooting for Gangubai Kathiawadi, shares pic of her trailer:'Look what Santa gave me this year'". Hindustan Times. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Alia Bhatt commences the shoot for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi!". Bollywood Hungama. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Seema Pahwa On How Alia Bhatt Saved A Child Actor From Embarrassment On Gangubai Kathiawadi Set - SheThePeople TV".
  5. ^ "SCOOP: Ajay Devgn allots 10 days to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Gangubai Kathiawadi; to play Karim Lala". Bollywood Hungama. 8 February 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Huma Qureshi to have a special dance number in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi". Bollywood Hungama. 26 December 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Priyanka Chopra to star in film based on S Hussain Zaidi's book about lady dons?". Firstpost. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Priyanka Chopra signs Sanjay Leela Bhansali's HEERA MANDI? (details inside)". Bollywood Hungama. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Sanjay Leela Bhansali confirms working with Priyanka Chopra in Gangubai". India Today. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Alia Bhatt replaces Priyanka Chopra?". Deccan Chronicle. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Alia Bhatt-Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' back on floors, resumes night shooting". DNA India. 6 October 2020.

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