Confirmed: Alia Bhatt to play mafia queen ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next
After months of speculation doing rounds over Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Alia Bhatt’s next project post Inshallah getting shelved, it has finally been confirmed that the duo are collaborating for a film based on the famous prostitute titled ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’. This is the first time that Alia will be seen in a SLB film which has left her fans excited.
The film will see Alia play Gangubai Kathiawadi, the Madame of Kamathipura, who was forced into prostitution at a tender age, rose to control the brothels of Kamathipura, Mumbai’s red light district.
A name you’ve heard a story you haven’t. #GangubaiKathiawadi ❤ This ones going to be special!!
Directed by #SanjayLeelaBhansali, releasing 11 September 2020. @bhansali_produc @prerna982 @PenMovies @jayantilalgada
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) October 16, 2019
Earlier, during an award function in September, Alia had opened up about Inshallah getting shelved and had revealed that she was going to collaborate with Bhansali for a film while interacting with the media. She said, “I was very excited to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of course very excited to work with Salman as well. I believe that sometimes things just happen and it’s not in your control. That way there’s a saying that if you want to make God laugh then tell him about your plans because plans never really go as per plan. But I can give it you in writing that I am going to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali very soon.”
The film is set to hit the theatres on September 11 in 2020 and will see Alia playing a rustic Maharashtrian character for the first time.
Given the track records of both, SLB and Alia, we can’t wait to see what magic they create onscreen. What about you?