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Gangubai Kathiawadi Review: The Mafia Queen Of Kamathipura Throws Reality Right On Your Face

Gangubai Kathiawadi Review: The Mafia Queen Of Kamathipura Throws Reality Right On Your Face

Gangubai Kathiawadi Review: The movie is an untold story of pain, power, passion, and eros. With women and sex work at the helm of the narrative, it pinches the problems to their very roots. The historical saga will make you cry and laugh at the same time. Here’s our take on the ‘Mafia Queen of Kamathipura’.

Gangubai Kathiawadi Review: The Mafia Queen Of Kamathipura Throws Reality Right On Your Face

Gangubai kathiawadi real pic

gangubai kathiawadi real pic

The film revolves around the life of ‘Gangubai Kothewali,’ a powerful woman in the 1960s who was also known as the ‘Madam of Kamathipura’ for her connections with the underworld. Gangubai Kathiawadi’s real pic can be seen in the right part of the above image.


Sanjay Leela Bhansali never fails to please us in terms of the cinematography. The dark alleys make us feel as if lights never reach them. It’s uncanny, much like a tragedy woven in the form of poetry.

Gangubai Kathiawadi Review: The Female Solidarity

The movie inter-alia gave us a leader with a heart, however fictional. It is too much for us to think about. Just like Gangubai says: Charche nahi badlaav chahiye!

The movie has much to offer to the female audience. Not to forget that the intensity still does not fall back upon itself. The dialogues are universal and give an instant high. The camera focus on two women sleeping together, huddling their heads closer, crying, looking into each other’s dying eyes is lovely. A lesson or two for the woman in you.

Gangubai Kathiawadi Review: The Romance

Shantanu Maheshwari with his innocent boyish looks steals the thunder. The little intimate moments in the songs Jab Saiyaan and Meri Jaan make the heart warm and eyes shine.

The movie has a lot to offer for the hearts who sit in despair. It’s a story of resilience and strength. Muskurane ki Fitrat as it is shown is phenomenal.

Gangubai Kathiawadi Review: Run-time

It feels a bit overstretched. Feels like we fell into a rabbit hole of tales. The grand setting with shady hues spread all over the background comes to the rescue.

Gangubai Kathiawadi Review: Cast

Despite her bubbly image, Alia Bhatt turning a mafia madame is an act done well. She isn’t too sexual, too fearful, and hence restores the balance. Vijay Raaz’s acting is top-notch but the screen time given to him was a grave injustice.

Ajay Devgn as Kahim does have a lasting impact that goes much beyond the runtime of the movie.
Jim Sarbh acting as a journalist can be seen winning hearts. Seema Pahwa serving as a matriarch is able to pierce our hearts where we wanted her to. And, of course, the cameo of Huma Qureshi like always, did her part in disturbing the status quo by doing an exceptional female qawwali dance sequence.

Gangubai Kathiawadi Review: Final words

If you are a fan of historical drama that soothes and is dramatic then this Power-packed drama is for you.

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