Gangubai Kathiawadi is an upcoming biographical crime film based on a chapter of Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai about Gangubai Kothewali, the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura. The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film stars Alia Bhatt as Gangubai, while Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz and Seema Pahwa play supporting roles, with special cameos by Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Huma Qureshi.
Alia was hospitalised due to exertion. On Monday, reports of Alia’s hospitalisation emerged. Alia was back to the work the very next day she was hospitalised. Seema Pahwa, has offered an insight into director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s methods.
In an interview Seema said, “I wasn’t a part of the shoot that day. However, I must say that she might have got exhausted for some other reason than the film’s shoot. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is someone who doesn’t rush you with work. He knows what he wants. He is very clear and hardly shoots one scene a day. Things have worked smoothly as far as the film’s shoot is concerned.”
She added, “Also, we aren’t even traveling for this project as largely the film has been shot at a set in suburban Mumbai. Almost 90% of the film is done only a few songs are left.”
While praising Alia she said, “Bahut hi sanskari ladki hai. Bado ki respect karna aata hai, dusre ache kalakaro ki respect karna aata hai, bahut cooperate karti ha. Set pe, abhi tak itna lamba schedule uske saath kiya hai, maine kabhi nahi dekha ke wo set pe late aa rahi ho ya set pe tantrum dikha rahi ho. Wo pyaari si bachhi hai jo ki bahut hi sincere hai apne kaam ko leke aur wo bhi bahut passionate hai .”