Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are historical with extraordinary messages. The movie ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ is based on how a prostitute became a leader. Her courage, farsightedness, bravery have been well said.
Young Ganga is tricked by her boyfriend with a promise of a film career and persuaded to leave the countryside for Mumbai but her dreams come crashing down and she is lured to the underworld. Her love and her sacrifice for a young daughter of a said prostitute is a benchmark. Gangubai has proved that like other young girls, a girl who was born and brought up in a brothel may get married and start a new, normal life. How she had been fighting since her first day for the other members. Her first priority is to solve their problems. Finally, she had won the race. She had dreamt of educating girls who live in the brothel she had established.
The film seems weaker than other movies though it is based on true story of Ganga Jagjivan Bhansalidas Khahiawadi, popularly known as Gangubai Kothewali, whose life was documented in the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai written by S. Hussain Zaidi. This movie premiered at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 16 in 2020. Alia Bhatt has done a very good job but the movie could be better. It is enlisted in the flop list of Bhansali movies like the film Sawariya.
For the first time it might be okay but there is nothing more that could come to draw the viewer’s attention. The audience won’t get the flavour of Bhansali’s other movies like ‘Ram-leela’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ or ‘Padmavati’. This time Bhansali production has failed to fulfil the desires of Bhansali lovers. The piece of art I think could be better.
The writer is an Invigilator, Exam Services, British Council, Dhaka.