Gangubai Kathiawadi

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Gangubai Kathiawadi
Gangubai Kathiawadi film poster.jpg
First look poster
Directed bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Jayantilal Gada
Written bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Utkarshini Vashishtha
Story byHussain Zaidi
StarringAlia Bhatt
Music bySongs:
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanchit Balhara
Ankit Balhara
CinematographySudeep Chatterjee
Edited byAkiv Ali
Distributed byPen Marudhar Entertainment

Gangubai Kathiawadi is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language biographical crime film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, written by Utkarshini Vashishtha and produced by Bhansali and Jayantilal Gada under their respective banners Bhansali Productions and Pen Media Limited. The film stars Alia Bhatt in the title role, and is based on a chapter of Hussain Zaidi's book Mafia Queens of Mumbai about Gangubai Kothewali, the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura.[1] Principal photography started on 27 December 2019 in Mumbai.[2] The film was scheduled for theatrical release on 11 September 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India.


The film is about the life of Gangubai Kathiawadi, a young girl sold into prostitution by her boyfriend Ramnik Lal, and how she becomes the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura.



The news about an adaptation of one of the chapters of Hussain Zaidi's book Mafia Queens of Mumbai first came out in June 2017 with Priyanka Chopra attached to star as the leading character.[3] The film's earlier title was Heera Mandi.[4] In March 2019, Chopra confirmed that she was working on a project with Bhansali, who also confirmed that he was making Gangubai Kathiawadi with Chopra.[5] However, in September 2019, media reported that Alia Bhatt, who was supposed to do a different film, titled Inshallah, with Bhansali was going to replace Chopra after Inshallah got shelved.[6]


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Alia Bhatt commences the shoot for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi!". Bollywood Hungama. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Priyanka Chopra to star in film based on S Hussain Zaidi's book about lady dons?". Firstpost. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  4. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Priyanka Chopra signs Sanjay Leela Bhansali's HEERA MANDI? (details inside)". Bollywood Hungama. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Sanjay Leela Bhansali confirms working with Priyanka Chopra in Gangubai". India Today. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Alia Bhatt replaces Priyanka Chopra?". Deccan Chronicle. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2020.

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