Alia Bhatt will be donning the role of Gangubai Kathiawadi in her upcoming film. While the movie has been in the news for the longest time now, it has also raised a lot of questions. For starters, everyone has been asking is who was Gangubai.
As Alia’s role is inspired by the Gangubai, a lot is being spoken about her, one of Mumbai’s underworld’s most dreaded women. The teaser of Gangubai Kathiawadi released just yesterday and it has managed to rake in a lot of attention. The teaser saw Alia take over as the ‘Madam of Kamathipura’ and also call herself the moon. It beautifully sees Bhatt don the role of the madam in the red light area of Mumbai.
The primary answers to who is Gangubai Kathiawadi are available in S Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’. While it is an inspiration behind the film, Gangubai was born in Kathiawad (hence the name). She wanted to be an actress and fell in love at the age of 16, got married, and fled off to Mumbai.
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It so happened that she was sold by her husband in the red light district of Kamathipura at Rs 500. Eventually, she earned a lot of money by becoming one of the priciest sex workers in the business. When a gang member of mafia don Karim Lala raped her, she went to him for justice. As a result of the same, he made her his ‘rakhi sister’ and thereby stood by her. It was then that she led a rich life, ran her own brothel, and drive a black Bentley.
The answer to who was Gangubai does not only lie in what she did or how she became who she did. It also lies in the fact that she was a staunch supporter of the rights of sex workers – emotionally and financially. While she has won many we wishers for herself, not a lot is known about how did Gangubai die. Among the many questions that often arise, how did Gangubai Kathiawadi die remains one that piques the interest of many.
With so much intrigue around the movie and who was Gangubai, the film is indeed a much-awaited watch.