Gangubai Kathiawadi Movie Review

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Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Rating: 7/10

The Gangubai Kathiawadi’s climax and ending evoke a number of emotions for both the audience and the protagonists, Alia Bhatt and Pandit Birju Maharaj. The film also features several memorable performances by Lata Mangeshkar and Pandit Birju Maharaj. This review will explore how the actors embodied their roles and whether or not they deserved to be considered ‘divas’ in this film.

Gangubai Kathiawadi Movie Review

Alia Bhatt

In this romantic drama, young Alia Bhatt plays the role of a naive country girl, who is lured to Mumbai by her newfound boyfriend, who promises her a successful film career. However, her hopes of a glamorous life come crashing down when her dream is thrown into the underworld. Thankfully, this young girl has a wonderful performance, which will have you rooting for her in the role of a lifetime.

In her debut role as a politician, Alia Bhatt draws unnecessary flack for her status as a film dynasty. The movie is a fascinating story about Gangubhai’s struggle to get what she wants in life. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has a reputation for delivering cinematic masterpieces, and Alia Bhatt’s performance in Gangubai Kathiawadi is impressive.

Pandit Birju Maharaj

The story starts with the demise of the corrupt and shady Don Gangubai, a gangster who gets reincarnated in a brothel. During his second life, Gangubai rises from the muck and becomes a red-light district kingpin. With the help of his best friend, powerful don Rahim Khan, and courageous journalist Amin Faizi, he succeeds in getting the presidency of Kamathipura. The movie ends with Gangubai saving a young girl from a household and going on toève with the school kids.

The film is a beautiful, romantic and uplifting story of love and loss, with some heartwarming moments. The performances were superb, with the lead actors displaying a variety of styles and techniques. In addition, Panditjji is a master of Kathak dance, and his choreography of the Aan Milo Sajana song is classic, yet has a contemporary twist.

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Lata Mangeshkar

With the passing away of the late legend, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has decided to dedicate his upcoming film, Gangubai Kathiawadi, to Lata Mangeshkar. This film tells the story of the rise and fall of a simple girl from Kathiawad and her destiny. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has also cast Ajay Devgn and Vijay Raaz in this film.

This film looks decent on the technical side. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is well-known for his lavish sets and attention to detail. He’s done a good job in showcasing the small town of Kamathipura. This movie’s climax is an attempt by the locals to build up the town of Kamathipura, but the editing is far from perfect.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

A movie review of Gangubai Kathiawadi will inevitably be biased, especially if you’ve only seen the trailer. However, if you’re a cinephile or have seen Bhansali’s previous work, you’ll no doubt be intrigued by Gangubai Kathiawadi’s complex premise and stellar cast. It’s set in the early 1950s and spans 15 years, centered around Gangubai, a young woman who moved to Mumbai and was sold to a brothel by a lover. She eventually runs her own campaign for political office and focuses on women’s rights. However, her father has died and she doesn’t forgive Gangubai for running away.

The writing in Gangubai Kathiawadi is excellent, and the second half is gripping. Hussain Zaidi is a journalist and author, and his writings have been adapted by several filmmakers for the big screen. Other successful adaptations have included Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday, Sanjay Gupta’s Mafia Queens of Mumbai, and Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi.