Gangubai Kothewali

Gangubai Kothewali was the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura, Maharashtra, India in the 1960s.[1]


She was sold into prostitution at an early age by her suitor, Ramnik Lal, after running away from home to Mumbai. She came to be known as the Madam of Kamathipura for being an influential pimp in the city with underworld connections, peddling drugs, and ordering murders. In the 60's, she was the only brothel owner to own a Bentley, and later in life, met Jawaharlal Nehru to discuss the plight of sex workers and improve their living conditions.[1][2][3]

In popular culture

Her life was documented in the 2011 book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, by writer and journalist Hussain Zaidi. Gangubai Kathiawadi is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language biographical crime film based on a chapter of Zaidi's book, and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b World, Republic. "Gangubai Kathiawadi: Who is Alia Bhatt portraying in the film?". Republic World. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  2. ^ "Know Gangubai Kothewali, The Legendary Brothel Madam Alia Bhatt Will Be Playing In SLB's Next". Desimartini. 2019-09-22. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  3. ^ "गंगूबाई कोठेवाली-पति ने ₹500 में बेचा था,भंसाली उनपर फिल्म बनाएंगे". Quint Hindi (in Hindi). 2019-09-25. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Who was Gangubai Kathiawadi: The real woman behind Alia Bhatt's latest character". Vogue India. Retrieved 2020-01-21.


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