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Before the release of Gangubai Kathiawadi, discover the real story of “Mafia Queen”

Gangubai was in love with her father’s accountant, Ramnik. She wanted to work in Bollywood.

Gangubai came to Mumbai after marrying her lover Ramnik, but Ramnik sold her to a Kamathipura’s brothel.

Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt’s next film Gangubai Kathiawadi is set for theatrical release on February 25, 20222. There is huge excitement among the audience for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s direction. In the upcoming film, Alia Bhatt will play the character of legendary brothel owner Gangubai Kathiawadi. She will be seen as a ‘Mafia Queen’ and a ‘Lady Don’ for the first time. Actor Ajay Devgan will be seen as Karim Lala in the film.

Gangubai’s real-life story revolved around love, betrayal, succession, and brothel politics. Her life sheds light on courtesans and the hidden cultural reality of brothels.

Gangubai was in love with her father’s accountant, Ramnik. She wanted to work in Bollywood. She came to Mumbai after marrying Ramnik, but Ramnik sold her in Kamathipura brothel for Rs 500. S Hussain Zaidi in his book wrote that Gangubai was raped by a member of Karim Lala’s gang, and she is went to him and pleaded for justice. She tied a rakhi to Karim Lala and made him her brother as well. Karim gave command of the Kamathipura region to Gangubai and she became one of the “Mafia Queens”. She never kept a girl in the brothel against her consent and dedicated her life to the betterment of sex workers and orphans.

It was also shown in the movie’s trailer that she led the movement against the suppression of the Mumbai prostitution market in Kamathipura, Mumbai.

Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime film based on a chapter in Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai about Gangubai Kothewali, the mistress of a Kamathipura brothel. The film stars Alia Bhatt as Gangubai, while Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari and Seema Pahwa play supporting roles, with special cameos from Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Huma Qureshi.

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