The collaboration between Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been one that many of us have been waiting for. While the director-actress duo was to be working with Salman Khan in Inshallah , the project had to be postponed due to some differences between Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman. But soon after this, Gangubai Kathiawadi was announced along with Alia. The film went off the floors in December 2019 but the shooting stalled in March due to an epidemic. Now, after more than six months, Alia has gone back to the set to start shooting.
A report by Mid-Day suggested that the actress is reporting to set October 1 at 7 pm and is shooting at night time. While the makers had to pull parts of the set during the epidemic, a section of the Kamathipura set was still untouched and where the Sanjay Leela Bhansali shooting took place.
A 50-member team has been assembled to finish the scenes with Alia. Actor and choreographer Shantanu Maheshwari is also projected to play the role of Alia’s love interest in the film. He has already shot for one song and is yet to shoot two more.
Gangubai Kathiawadi is based on a chapter in Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai. The story revolves around a girl sold by her lover into prostitution and how she becomes a madam of a brothel in Kamathipura.