Acclaimed filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biopic on the titular character, played by Alia Bhatt. Kathiawadi, became a local legend in Mumbai as a brothel owner known as the Madam of Kamathipura. She is alleged to have been involved in drugs and crime during the 60s.
The film explores the life of Kathiawadi through the eyes of Bhansali, who has previously directed commercial hits such as Mary Kom, Padmaavat, Baijrao Mastani among others. The film is based on the book by S Hussain Zaidi titled, Mafia Queens of Mumbai which chronicles Gangubai Kathiawadi’s life as a naive young girl from Kathiawad to her rise as one of the most influential women in Mumbai’s underworld.