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A long time ago, Sahir Ludhianvi had raised questions through these lines. Quoting these lines in a scene from the movie Gangubai Kathiawadi, released in theatres, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has raised questions about prostitution. What is the status of prostitution women in the society? How should they be treated in the society? Do they deserve respect? He has raised them through his film Gangubai Kathiawadi. Presented by the film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ eminent journalist S. The book Mafia Queens of Mumbai by Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges is based on the short story on Gangubai. Along with expanding the story, Sanjay Leela has also added some new things to it. Even today, there is a statue of Gangubai who fought for the rights of prostitutes in Kamathipura, the infamous area of Mumbai.
This story follows the desire to become a heroine and is betrayed in love by becoming Gangubai, the innocent daughter of a barrister, Ganga Jagjivan Das, whose lover sells her at a kotha for a thousand rupees. Gangu, who is addicted to actor Devanand, cries, cries and then is forced to do prostitution. During this, a Pathan treats her with barbaric and cruel behavior, due to which her appearance deteriorates and she gets 15 stitches in her stomach. She complains about Pathan’s barbaric behavior to gangster Rahim Lala (Ajay Devgan). Here Rahim Lala refers to the underworld don Karim Lala. Rahim publicly thrashes Lala Pathan, after which Gangu dominates. From there to becoming the mistress of the house, how she fights for the rights of prostitutes, the story is in this regard.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films give a grand cinematic feel. Every film of his takes place in a new environment and he brings the colours, fragrance, people and atmosphere of that environment to the films. Here too, he has got the full support of the production team in bringing the sixth decade of the last century to the screen. The film appropriately portrays the pain and suffering of girls forced into prostitution.
The last twenty minutes of the film are remarkable. Gangubai’s speech, especially given in the program organized on the issue of women’s development at Azad Maidan, in which she talks about the rights of prostitutes. She then recites the above lines of Sahir Ludhianvi in the scene of her meeting with Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. In this meeting, it talks about giving legal status to prostitutes. She says that the seller and the buyer should get the punishment, but who gets that innocent girl. It narrates the inner pain and agony of the girls who are pushed into this swamp.
The entire responsibility of the film rests on Alia Bhatt’s shoulders. This is also the most challenging character of his career. She has played the role of Gangubai in a moderate manner under the guidance of Sanjay Leela. He gets full support of Seema Pahwa and Indira Tiwari who came in supporting roles. Ajay Devgan, who made a guest appearance, manages to make an impact. Jim Sarbh is well suited for the brief but pivotal role of a journalist. However, the character of Raziabai (Vijay Raj) has not got a chance to develop in an open manner. Yet he is impressive in the visuals he meets. His altercation with Gangu needed to be made more interesting.
The dialogues of the film are impressive in many places. The dance-songs are as compelling as the rest of Sanjay Leela’s films. The choreographers have presented him in a grand manner. The duration of the film is very long. It could have been reduced with finer editing. For example, Gangu’s love affair has dragged on in the film. However, the climax of the film has been shot in a very planned and grand manner. He is remembered.
Linguistic mistakes are often overlooked in Hindi films. On the screen of the film, the name is written as Gangubai while it is Gangubai. This also needs attention.
Lead Cast: Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Vijay Raaz, Shantanu Maheshwari, Seema Pahwa, Indira Tiwari, Jim Sarbh
Music & Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Duration : 156 Minutes