Movie Review: Gangubai Kathiawadi
Spectacular, unreal, terrific, bold or powerful! Even words like these are not enough to describe Alia Bhatt starrer film Gangubai Kathiawadi. After being trapped in a lot of controversies, Gangubai Kathiawadi saw the light of theatres on 25th February; Needless to say, Gangu is roaring like a lioness at the box office. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-Alia Bhatt duo paints the town with sepia tones and puts all of their hard work into writing a love letter to the protagonist – Gangu, the sex worker in the red light area of Kamathipura who championed the struggles of her profession and also reached heights of fame. It’s a known fact that Sanjay Leela Bhansali loves to play with historical stories that are inspiring, and Gangu Bai hits the right chord, so to say.
Though everyone was excited when they heard about the film’s plot, many were apprehensive of whether Alia Bhatt could do justice to a strong role like Gangubai. Well, looking at Gangubai Kathiawadi now, Sanjay Leela Bhansali exactly had the idea of what he was doing as Alia perfectly fits the part and does complete justice to it. With an extravagant display of the red light area, you get invested in the story of a naive girl who ends up in a brothel instead of a film studio. The film is based on the book “Mafia Queens of Mumbai” by S Hussain Zaidi. Gangubai Kathiawadi is a kind of film that leaves an impact on its audience. After getting out of the theatre, you are likely to think about how Gangu went from being just a face learning to entice customers to a woman who ruled the very same street and fought for the rights of 4000 sex workers of Kamathipura. The entire cast of Gangubai Kathiawadi just feels like every element is at the right place. However, Vijay Raaz as the trans madam Razia is exceptionally terrific, and you do wish that there was more of him in the film.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for putting his heart and soul into the film, direction, characters, and music. With Gangubai Kathiawadi, the filmmaker yet again proves why he is the king of delivering sentiment-on-sleeve films. Also, it seems like Alia Bhatt is finally back in the Highway avatar.