Gangubai Kathiawadi Releases First Reviews, Alia Bhatt Star Praised for ‘Storytelling Instinct’, ‘Excellent Casting’ | Bollywood

Alia Bhatt’s star Gangubai Kathiawadi is set to hit theaters on February 25. The film, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, received positive responses from critics and viewers in their reviews.

The film is an adaptation of chapters from the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai by Hussain Zaidi and stars Alia in the title role. The story revolves around a young woman who was forced into prostitution and how she became a prominent and famous figure in the red light district of Kamathipua in Mumbai.

Alia Bhatt’s star Gangubai Kathiawadi is set to hit theaters on February 25. The film, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, received positive responses from critics and viewers in their reviews.

The film is an adaptation of chapters from the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai by Hussain Zaidi and stars Alia in the title role. The story revolves around a young woman who was forced into prostitution and how she became a prominent and famous figure in the red light district of Kamathipua in Mumbai.

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According to The Guardian’s review by Peter Bradshaw, the film has “a storybook killer instinct”. The review reads, “…when Gangubai finally evolves from a mafia queen into a revered figure in Mother India, blessed by smiling sex workers all around Mumbai, the film loses some of its tension. But there is tremendous verve and audacity in this picture and some spectacular fantasy musical backdrops. In fact, it’s the schmaltz sequence in the horror that gives the story its outrageous energy. cheeky quality to this film, a brashness and recklessness that goes with sentimentality: it has a storytelling killer instinct.

Another review from independent critic Alicia Haddick, which was shared on LetterBoxD, reads: “A big-budget Indian blockbuster screened at a special gala turned out to be a surprisingly gripping biopic about the titular character and her growth from a young girl forced into prostitution to a leader who helped pass the first laws legalizing the service in the country.There is an argument that in an effort to turn Gangubai into a #girlboss figure , some of the teeth of their story have been lost.Yet what is most impressive about the film is how it embraces this extravagant sincerity to thrive as a grand retelling of a tale that so rarely gets this genre. big-budget storytelling. A great cast helps with that.”

A Moviepilot review, translated from German to English, reads: “Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali crafts thrilling underworld drama that packs a punch.”

In a review shared by Lida Bach on Cinemagicon, the film was called “downright groundbreaking”. An excerpt from the review, which is originally in German, translates to: “With its fiery and radiantly beautiful heroine, its story spanning decades, and its classic blend of adventure, music and of dance, epic drama and romance, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s biopic comes across as the epitome of a big-budget Bollywood film and a classic contribution to the Berlinale’s special section focused on mass entertainment. positive portrayal of sex work in the main character, who was born Gangubai Harjivandas and based on the turbulent life story, is downright groundbreaking.

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Apart from Alia, the film also stars Ajay Devgn, Vijay Raaz, Seema Pahwa and Shantanu Maheshwari.

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