Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Alia Bhatt are collaborating for the first time with Gangubai Kathiawadi and this time the maverick filmmaker will tap a different genre than his usual romantic one. The music of the project is said to be more raw in nature when compared with Bhansali’s previous work.
A source close to the development quotes, “There’s nothing in common between Inshallah and Gangubai, except for Alia Bhatt. While SLB’s music for Inshallah comprised soft romantic ballads, he’s going in the opposite direction in Gangubai. The songs will be raw, earthy and folksy. For the first time, SLB is doing a folk-based music core,” reports Deccan Chronicle.
Also, Sanjay Leela Bhansali shared his inspiration and idol in the music industry. “My greatest compliment as a music composer came to me from my idol Lataji for the music of Bajirao Mastani. She said she liked my songs and the way I’ve filmed them. She has inspired all my films, and she told me that the Latpat latpat opening of my Pinga song was from her song in V. Shantaram’s Amar Bhoopali. Then she affectionately said, Aapne mera Latpat latpat utha liya.”
He also revealed that his work in Bajirao Mastani is influenced by Laxmikant Pyarelal’s work and the movie is a tribute to Lata Mangeshkar, Laxmikant Pyarelal, K. Asif, and V.Shantaram.
Coming back to Gangubai Kathiawadi, the movie is based on Gangubai Kothewali, known as ‘Madam of Mumbai’s red-light area’. She also had her mention in Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai.