Alia Bhatt plays the eponymous character in Gangubai Kathiawadi, a 2022 Indian language film starring Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari, and Seema Pahwa, with Ajay Devgn making a prolonged cameo appearance. It is a Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed biographical crime drama film produced by Jayantilal Gada and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Gangubai Kathiawadi premiered at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival in the Berlinale Speciale Gala Section on February 16, 2022. On February 25, 2022, the film will be released in theatres. The film was originally set to be released on July 30, 2021, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s rising cases and second wave. It was originally set to open in theatres around the world on January 6, 2022, but the date was pushed back to February 18 to prevent a clash with S. S. Rajamouli’s RRR. The release date was later pushed back a week, to February 25, 2022.
After a pandemic time, Gangubai Kathiawadi has become the third-highest-grossing film in week one. In the first seven days, it grossed about 70 crores at the box office. After a week in theatres, it surpassed the rupees hundred-crore mark at the global box office on Friday.
The film’s plot is on a young girl who is sold to Rashmibai’s brothel and forced to engage in the flesh trade. Rashmibai is forced to solicit the services of Gangubai Kathiawadi when the girl refuses to comply. Gangubai Kathiawadi, also known as Ganga, wanted to be an actress and eloped to Bombay with her partner Ramnik, who had previously sold her to Shelia Masi’s brothel. Because she couldn’t return home, Gangubai had no alternative except to become a prostitute, but she earned the respect of her fellow women by pledging to be their main supporter in the fight against Sheila Masi. Gangubai forms a bond with Don Rahim Lala and creates a future fraternal relationship with him. Gangubai is swiftly gaining a reputation as the mafia queen, and she is dedicated to improving the lives of the women in her town.
Critics and viewers have had conflicting reactions to this film. Alia’s best performance in Bollywood, according to several Bollywood celebrities and critics. Vicky Kaushal, Javed Akhtar, and Shashank Khaitan, among others, have lauded the film and Alia’s performance.
According to reports, the film’s OTT release date has been pushed back, and it will now be available on Netflix in the last week of April 2022.