- Actress Alia Bhatt will next been seen in Gangubai Kathiawadi, in which she will play the titular role. Gangubai Kathiawadi is based on the life of Gangubai Kathewali, a brothel owner in Mumbai’s Kamathipura area. The teaser for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film dropped on Wednesday and gave viewers a glimpse into the life of the powerful woman that Alia Bhatt is all set to portray onscreen. A controversial but formidable figure in the 1960s, Gangubai’s story was documented by author and journalist Hussain Zaidi in his book Mafia Queens Of Mumbai.
In his book, Mr Zaidi describes Gangubai as a small woman – just five-feet-tall – who commanded huge respect in Kamathipura.
- After a rough beginning, Gangubai rose through the ranks, helped by her connections with the Mumbai underworld. Gangubai was known to be under the protection of Karim Lala – who is today infamous as one of the three mafia dons of Mumbai. It is said that she even tied a rakhi on Karim Lala’s wrist after he promised to protect her from one of his goons who had raped Gangubai twice.