Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali Born on 24th February 1963, Sanjay Leela Bhansali >> Read More... . The story is by Hussain Zaidi, and the screenplay is by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Utkarshini Vashishtha Utkarshini Vashishtha is a renowned Indian Hindi S >> Read More... . The dialogues are by Prakash Kapadia Prakash Kapadia is a renowned screenwriter in Boll >> Read More... and Utkarshini Vashishtha. The cinematography is by Sudeep Chatterjee Sudeep Chatterjee is a well-known cinematographer >> Read More... , and SLB, the director, does the songs and editing. Sanchit Balhara Sanchit Balhara is a background music composer who >> Read More... and Ankit Balhara Bio coming soon... >> Read More... composed the BGM. Bhansali Productions and Pen India Limited produced the film. Alia Bhatt Alia Bhatt is a trendsetting actress from Mumbai, >> Read More... , Shantanu Maheshwari Shantanu Maheshwari was born on 7th March 1991 in >> Read More... , Vijay Raaz Vijay Raaz (Born: 5th June 1963) is an Indian film >> Read More... , Indira Tiwari Bio coming soon... >> Read More... , Seema Pahwa Seema Pahwa is a Bollywood actress, and a theatre, >> Read More... , Jim Sarbh Jim Sarbh is an India Theater actor, and also a di >> Read More... , and Varun Kapoor Varun Kapoor, who is famous as Danny of Saraswatic >> Read More... are cast in prominent roles. Ajay Devgan Ajay Devgn is an Indian film actor. He is perhaps >> Read More... played an extended cameo, and Huma Qureshi Huma Qureshi is a model-turned-actress in Bollywoo >> Read More... made a special appearance.
Ganga was cheated by her lover Ramnik, who makes her believe that he would make her a heroine in Bollywood. But, he makes her end up in Kamathipura, where she becomes a sex worker. In a few years, she considers the place her home, and the girls involved in the work as her become her relatives. How her life transforms is dealt with the rest of the story.
Alia Bhatt nailed the character well. Her dialogue delivery and body language are fantastic. She has taken a weighty role and did it with perfection. Ajay Devgan has got a performance-oriented role though he appears for a lesser time. He did his character extraordinarily well. Shantanu Maheshwari, Jim Sarbh, Seema Pahwa, and Vijay Raaz excelled in the given roles.
The story didn’t have many twists or turns. The director takes time to set up the story in the bygone era. The visuals are extraordinary, and the music too. SLB is definitely a multi-talented person who excels in multiple fields. His editing and direction are fantastic. Songs are okayish. His narration is excellent, but the way he handled the life of Gangu should have been a bit better. He didn’t go much deeper into her life, and if that had been done, it would have been better. Alia’s dialogues are finely penned, and the girl mouthed it well. The cinematography is excellent. The color tones used suit the mood of the scene perfectly.
What’s Not There?
Gangubai Kathiawadi brings a fresh tale with neat performances. If the story has some more depth in the protagonist's life, it might have been better. However, the film is watchable once for the excellence in acting, directing, and visualization.