Shantanu Maheshwari steals hearts as Afshan in Gangubai Kathiawadi
The news of Shantanu Maheshwari joining the cast of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi incited a massive buzz and kept the fans waiting for his debut on the silver screen.
The heartthrob finally arrives on the celluloid as Afshan, who falls in love with Gangu, the madame of Kamathipura played by Alia Bhatt. The young actor essays the role of a tailor who sews love into the ruthless life of Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Afshan as embodied by Shantanu brings about elegant romance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial. The movie hits it off at the box office and the critics have unanimously lauded the actor's adorable portrayal of a besotted tailor.
With his boyish charm and mature performance, he sparks mesmerizing chemistry with Alia. Laced with bitter-sweet moments, Shantanu's screen time in the film is one of its highlights.
Based on S Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges’ hard-hitting book Mafia Queens of Mumbai, ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ chronicles Ganga’s rise to power and fame from a small-town girl in Gujarat, to the queen of Kamathipura in Mumbai.
Trade Expert Amul V Mohan says, “Shantanu Maheshwari brings a rush of unadulterated love in the cruel world of Gangubai Kathiawadi. The cinematic drama that comes from his exchange with Alia who has been stripped of her innocence is alluring.
While he is dreamy, her dreams have shattered and while he is boyish, she is hardened by circumstances. The actor is a revelation on the big screen and this could be one of the best debuts of the year."