Everyone heard the name 'Gangubai' in the last few years. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who has completed 25 years in Hindi cinema, announced to bring the life of 'Gangubai', the mother of Mumbai's red-light area Kamathipura, on screen, then a question arose in everyone's mind, who is this 'Gangubai'. Many know about 'Gangubai' that such a woman rejuvenated Kamathipura, the red-light area of Mumbai and tried to improve the lives of women engaged in prostitution. It was Gangubai who met the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to try to get legal status for the business of prostitution. He saved four thousand women of Kamathipura from homelessness and got their children admitted to schools.
Bhansali has presented the story of this Gangubai by making it 'Gangubai Kathiawadi'. This presentation was much awaited as its wait got longer due to Corona. Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt has landed the role of Gangubai. Divide Gangubai's life into two colours black and white, this film shows her white side and makes her great. The film glorifies a woman known as the Mafia Queen, knowing that she used to sell illicit liquor and openly bribe the police. The film is the story of a teenager who came out of her father's house with the dream of becoming an actress, growing up to become the queen of Kamathipura.
A girl named Ganga Harjivandas comes to Bombay from her father's house with her lover because she wants to become a heroine. Ganga gets deceived by her lover and sells her at Kotha for 500 rupees. She cries a lot, then gets beaten up and when she gets tired, she joins this business. Ganga becomes Gangu at the kotha and thinks that one day she will become the queen of Kamathipura. As life progresses, she meets different types of people. She earns money, status and becomes successful in achieving her position.
The way Ranveer Singh entered the character of Kapil Dev in the film 83, which came in the last month of last year, Alia has become a complete Gangubai in this film. Body language, style, manner of conversation is like Gangubai in every way. As per reviews, there is also a little bit of overacting by the lead actress Alia Bhatt. The cast of the cute-looking Alia Bhatt in the character of Gangubai is a sight to behold and her dialogues are awesome. Alia is the life of this film and she is the topper. She is also heavy on the story. Seema Pahwa has been amazing in the character of Sheela Bai. Ajay Devgn has also done wonders in the role of Rahim Lala. Vijay Raaz plays the role of a transgender Raziabai in this film and has impressed.
The story of this film is composed in a brilliant manner and the filming is also colourful. Utkarshini Vashishtha, Prakash Kapadia could have made the story better and deeper. The speech that Alia gives in Azad Maidan has been brilliant. The film continues to impress in pieces during Ganga Ke Gangu and then Gangubai. Although there are many weak sides it cannot be denied. The art direction of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's films is impressive but it was the weakest in this film. The sets of his films are the best, he has shown this strong side in Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat but this time his Kamathipura felt fake.