Release Date: 25th February, 2022
Cast: Alia Bhatt
Writer/Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producer/s: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Jayantilal Gada
Star cast: Alia Bhatt, Seema Pahwa, Indira Tiwari, Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Ajay Devgn & Jim Sarbh
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producers: Jayantilal Gada & Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Gangubai Kathiawadi Box Office Review: Expectations
Except for a couple of films, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has a strong track record at the ticket windows. Leaving aside all the controversies, people love to watch his films on the big screens. So, when Gangubai was announced, everyone was extremely excited, and it just got more hyped when Alia Bhatt was announced to play the role of an s*x worker, who later went on to become queen of Kamathipura.
Trailer and songs further added fuel to the excitement. With all the right ticks in the boxes, Alia’s first film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali looked like a perfect winner.
Gangubai Kathiawadi Box Office Review: Impact
Not like Bhansali’s previous films, but the numbers in a theatre which I went to were really good when compared to recent releases like Antim and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. This means promotions have managed to create good pre-release buzz.
When it comes to believing in SLB’s content, we trust in this man. But this time, there was a slight doubt with the kind of subject he was dealing with. There was a fear that things might become too niche for the audience. Also, many pointed out how Alia Bhatt was looking too young for the character. Thankfully, everything got rightfully placed!
Bhansali has handled the subject beautifully by adding all the ingredients like emotional scenes, laughter, and clap-worthy dialogues.
Alia has perfectly oozed emotions and yes, she generates that aura and attraction, which is much needed to appeal masses. So, it’s a film that works with both masses and classes. She delivers ‘Seetimaar’ performance, which is not just high on emotions but also gives out cinematic heroism.
While Alia is rocking throughout the film, she is well supported by Seema Pahwa, Vijay Raaz, and other actors. And Ajay Devgn! Man, this actor makes you feel high with his sheer presence of mafia-like macho characters. While he brings icing on the cake, his addition will definitely help to pull the crowd in theatres.
Gangubai Kathiawadi Box Office Review: Final Verdict
On the whole, with Gangubai Kathiawadi, Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali deliver a winner. Not just youth, but the families too will flock to theatres to watch this film. The only thing which might play a hurdle is too much competition.
Bhansali and Alia’s films earn huge in Maharashtra, but unfortunately, Gangubai will face a dent from the Marathi blockbuster, Pawankhind. No doubt, there will be neck to neck fight. In the South, Bheemla Nayak and Valimai will take away a major chunk of the business. Speaking of the next week, two biggies- Amitabh Bachchan’s Jhund and Robert Pattinson’s The Batman are arriving, further dividing the viewers.
Considering such factors, Gangubai is expected to do business between 65-75 crores at the ticket windows, and will easily become one of the highest-grossing heroine-centric films.
Alia has kick-started Bollywood’s business after the third gloomy wave of Covid!
Just when the world was excited to witness Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Gangubai Kathiawadi as he revealed the first look in early 2020, little did we know the wait was to be extended by almost two years. Cut to 2022, we finally inch closer to the release as the filmmaker today shared the trailer of the Alia Bhatt starrer. And just like every single time, we are left in awe of his filmmaking calibre.
The teaser that hit shores almost a year back was a brief gateway into the world the filmmaker was creating. Gangubai Kathiawadi is based on one of the chapters from Hussain Zaidi’s iconic book Mafia Queens Of Mumbai. Tracking her story from the time she was forced into prostitution to the time she wore the dark past like a glorious badge and stood on the top moat position of her ecosystem.
The trailer opens up to a Gangu who is in a car just about to do something big but in her style. We next meet her giving a political speech and Bhansali makes it clear that this isn’t a woman who needs your pity, she is a firebrand. Of course the trailer goes back in time, but never looks at Gangu with a helpless gaze. She fights, is opposed and even pulled down, but her motivation never breaks.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a maverick filmmaker and another thing he is a master of is cutting a trailer. He only reveals enough to bring you to the theatre and experience his magnum opus on the big screen. The trailer unlike many others in the recent time, is a disjointed piece of instances from the movie without a chronological order. The story isn’t revealed and that is the best part.
As for his direction, Bhansali makes a shift in his style and for good. More influenced by the pop culture of the time it is set in, the background score by Sanchit and Ankit Balhara is fresh and unlike and other Bhansali movies. The aesthetics and production design are unique and era appropriate. Sudeep Chatterjee’s cinematography brings the world alive and gives a window to enter into the universe Bhansali creates.
All in all, Gangubai Kathiawadi Trailer is a winner in all departments. Be it Alia Bhatt’s amazing performance even when she has to say a slur or her vulnerable scenes or the supporting cast that includes prolific names like Vijay Raaz, Seema Pahwa and Jim Sarbh. The excitement for this one is at its all time high now.