Gangubai Kathiawadi – 2022 Review
Story: Gangubai Kathiawadi – 2022 Review
Review: Women standing at the doorstep of a Kotha in the bustling bylanes of south Mumbai’s infamous red-light area, Kamathipura, is a scene of real tragedy and drama. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Gangubai Kathiawadi tells the story of many young women, who were sold off to brothels for a few hundred, this was solely through the eyes of its protagonist Gangubai (Alia Bhatt).
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This story is told in the early 1950s or 1960s when a small-town girl Ganga is conned by her own lover Ramnik to elope with a promise that he will make her heroine in Bollywood. What turns out and the truth as we all know is that Ganga ends up being the heroine of Kamathipura instead. After a few years, Kamathipura becomes her home, the brothel girls her family, and all of kamathipura her domain. But her journey was filled with challenges and a social stigma which brought out the fighter within her.
The beauty of the film lies in how it shows Gangu’s character transform through various stages of her life.
It’s an Alia Bhatt show all the way, as she becomes the boss lady in a world full of brothels and lustful men.
Ajay Devgan, even in a brief role as Rahim Lala, leaves a solid impact. Shantanu Maheshwari as Gangu’s love interest puts out a fine performance, and the sweet-bitter moments between Gangu and him are among the more memorable parts of the film.
Bhansali drives his narrative much like the book with each challenge. Thre are some beautifully crafted, heartbreaking moments as well. Each song is masterfully picturized.
So if you’re seeking a real peek into Gangubai life also known as Mumbai’s Mafia Queen. But even with whatever drama you see in this movie, there are enough moments that will draw you into this world where night is endless and the lights are never faded away.
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