Gangubai. Image Source: IANS News

January 28 : Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-anticipated film Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt in the titular role, has been postponed by a week. The film will now hit the theatres on February 25. Earlier, it was slated to release on February 18.

Alia took to her Twitter account and announced the postponement of the film by a week. “#GangubaiKathiawadi will rise to power in cinemas near you on 25th February, 2022,” she tweeted.

The movie has been earlier delayed several times due to Covid-19 pandemic in the country since March 2020. The much-awaited film will be screened at the 72nd edition of the Berlin International Film Festival this year. “So grateful to be part of a wonderful team that now celebrates its official selection to the #BerlinFilmFestival2022. See you on 18th February, 2022,” Alia had tweeted after the film’s selection at the Berlin International Film Festival. Gangubai Kathiawadi is the only Indian film that has been selected to be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, which will start on February 10, 2022. The film will be screened as a part of the Berlinale Special Gala, a segment that showcases exemplary cinema.

Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime drama produced by Jayantilal Gada and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Besides Alia Bhatt, the film features Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari and Seema Pahwa in pivotal roles. Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi are featured in extended cameo appearances. The film is based on the life of young Ganga, who becomes Gangubai, a madame in the red light area of Kamathipura. The film will also release in Telugu.

Bansali and Bhatt were also dragged into some legal battle last year. A case was filed against the actor, director and writer S. Hussain Zaidi by Kathiawadi’s adopted son Babuji Rawji Shah. Gangubai Kathiawadi is loosely based on a true story, narrated in the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai written by Hussain Zaidi.

Gangubai Kathiawadi faced another challenge when SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR was announced to be released a day after Gangubai Kathiawadi was supposed to be released in January. While Gangubai Kathiawadi was earlier slated to release on January 6, RRR’s release was taking place on January 7. However, Sanjay Leela Bhansali backed out from the clash. Later, both the films were postponed due to the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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