Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Leela Bhansali resume shoot after 7 months
After a seven month break due to Covid-19, Alia Bhatt has resumed shooting for her upcoming film Gangubai Kathiawadi directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film, whose shooting was supposed to start in March, had stopped owing to the novel coronavirus lockdown. An elaborate set was also created at Mumbai’s Film City for the shoot. The first look of the film was unveiled in January this year.
According to reports, Alia Bhatt as well as the film’s crew report on the sets by 7 pm to film the night sequences, and the stint goes on till the wee hours of the morning. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has picked up the shoot exactly from where he had left it. The reports also suggest that even though a part of the grand set had been pulled down, the portion resembling Kamathipura had been left untouched. Gangubai Kathiawadi has been adapted from one of the chapters of Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai.
The biographical drama will see Alia as Gangubai Kothewali, a gun-wielding and one of the most powerful, loved, and respected brothel owners of Kamathipura brothel during the 1960s. Sold into prostitution very young, Gangubai became influential in the city, with notorious criminals serving as her clients. Actor Shantanu Maheshwari will make his Bollywood debut with the film. The film will have Alia and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali teaming for the first time.