February 24 : The most talked-about and controversial film Gangubai Kathiawadi finally gets a release date. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Alia Bhatt, the biographical crime film will hit the cinemas on July 30, this year.
Taking to her Instagram profile, Alia Bhatt shared a new poster of the film and announced the date of the film’s theatrical release. In the poster, Alia wears a mature look as she can be seen in a saree with a long plait, a big round bindi, and a nose pin. Totally into the skin of her character, Alia can be seen in the avatar of the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura.
The Bansali Production Instagram page shared the same picture, and captioned it as, “Fiery and feisty, she's ready to reign! Celebrating the man, his vision and 10th directorial, #GangubaiKathiawadi. Teaser out today. In cinemas on 30th July, 2021.”
Today, as Sanjay Leela Bhansali will celebrate his birthday, his production house will release the first teaser of his film Gangubai Kathiawadi, which is almost complete. Today’s teaser will be reportedly followed by the trailer in April. It has been reported that Gangubai Kathiawadi will be his best work to date and Alia Bhatt has given a stellar performance.
Gangubai Kathiawadi is based on a chapter of Hussain Zaidi's book Mafia Queens of Mumbai. It is about Gangubai Kothewali, the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura, portrayed by Alia Bhatt. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has also produced the film along with Jayantilal Gada of the Pen Movies. The film features Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz and Seema Pahwa in supporting roles, with special cameos by Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Huma Qureshi.
Recently, the film was entangled in a legal battle, as Gangubai Kothewali’s adopted son Babuji Raaji Shah filed a plea against Bansali, Alia, and the write of the book Hussain Zaidi, claiming that some parts of the book are defamatory and has infringed upon his privacy. He demanded that the production of the film to be stopped. However, all three got relief as a Mumbai civil court dismissed the suit seeking a permanent injunction on the making and showcasing of the film.