Young Ganga is sold to a brothel in Mumbai in the garb of becoming an actor by her lover in the 1950s. She goes on to become the feared Gangubai Kathiawadi – the Matriarch of Kamathipura – the champion of female emancipation and advocate of rights for sex workers in a chauvinist and narrow-minded society.
Gangubai Kathiawadi Review
Based on S. Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges’ hard-hitting book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai,’ ‘Gangubai ’ chronicles Ganga’s rise to power and fame from a demure small-town girl in Gujarat, to the undisputed queen of kamathipura in Mumbai.
Women invitingly standing at the doorstep of a kotha (brothel) in the bustling bylanes of south Mumbai’s infamous red-light area Kamathipura, is a scene that is real, tragic and dramatic. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, set entirely against this gritty backdrop of Mumbai tells the story of many a young women, who were sold off to brothels for a few hundreds, solely through the eyes of its protagonist Gangubai (Alia Bhatt).