Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Gangubai Kathiawadi', Controversies plaguing the Alia Bhatt-starrer

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Gangubai Kathiawadi', Controversies plaguing the Alia Bhatt-starrer

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Gangubai Kathiawadi', Controversies plaguing the Alia Bhatt-starrer
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali had announced ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ after Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt-starrer ‘Inshallah’ was called off. With this film, the filmmaker planned to narrate the story of a brothel owner from Mumbai's Kamathipura, and chose Alia Bhatt to play the lead. The film, based on a chapter from Hussain Zaidi's book 'Mafia Queens of Mumbai' is scheduled to hit the screens later this year but continues to be plagued by controversies.

Politician Amin Patel had an issue with the title of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial. He was quoted by PTI as saying, "It is not the same like it was in 1950s. Women there are excelling in different professions. The film's title also maligns the name of Kathiawad city. The name of the film should be changed.” He had also urged the state government to intervene in the matter.

Filmmaker Anil Mattoo is at loggerheads with Sanjay Leela Bhansali after he realised that both of them were making a film on the same character. Anil Mattoo rues that his movie 'Shuklaji Street' is also based on the same subject and is inspired by the novel 'Vasaksaaja', which is gives an insight into Gangubai's life in Kamathipura of 1974 and the work she did during the drought in Maharashtra. Anil Matoo had called SLB when ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ was announced but all his calls went unanswered.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who had been working furtively on the film to meet its release date of July 30, tested positive for Covid-19 recently. The shooting has reportedly been stalled and the entire cast and crew has undergone tests. Alia, however, tested negative. Previously, the film’s shoot had been put on hold due to the lockdown and the elaborate sets of Kamathipura, erected at Filmcity, stood idle for months.

Babuji Rawji Shah, one of the four kids adopted by Gangubai, has filed a case against Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and Hussain Zaidi. He claimed that certain chapters from 'The Mafia Queens of Mumbai' were 'defamatory and tarnished her (Gangubai’s) reputation'. While he demanded that the film’s production be halted, Babuji also claimed that the book infringed upon the right to privacy and self-respect of his purported deceased mother. However, in February, a Mumbai City Civil Court dismissed his suit.