18 Feb – The family of Gangubai Harjivandas, the subject of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's new movie, "Gangubai Kathiawadi" has sought a stay on the release of the said film, which will be hitting theatres on 25 February.
According to the attorney handling the case representing Gangubai's children, they were unhappy that the movie has portrayed their mother as a prostitute instead of the social activist that she was. Gangubai had four adopted children.
It is noted that Gangubai's adopted son Babu Raoji Shah filed a petition last year, but the Bombay High Court refused to stay the release of the film. They have also filed a defamation lawsuit against the film.
"My mother was made a prostitute in the movie. Now people are talking about her in other ways. These things are forcing a lot of stress in our family," said Babu Raoji.
The upcoming movie stars Alia Bhatt as the titular character, based on the book "Mafia Queens of Mumbai" by S. Hussain Zaidi. The film tells the story of a Kathiawadi girl who was sold to a brothel and forced into prostitution, and later came to be known as the mafia woman and madam of a brothel in the Kamathipura area. Later in life, she seeks to improve the living conditions of prostitutes.