After ‘RRR,’ Alia Bhatt’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ Aims High in Major Categories at the 95th Academy Awards.
Gangubai, starring Alia Bhatt, is based on the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai and tells the story of a simple girl who is misled and sold to a brothel.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s smash Hindi crime drama ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi,’ starring Alia Bhatt in the lead character, is now vying for an Oscar after just launching a BAFTA campaign in all categories. The film, which will be available on the AMPAS website this week and will have screenings in London and Los Angeles, is officially launching a campaign for the 95th Academy Awards in major categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and others, according to deadline.com.
Indian films are already generating headlines for their Oscar chances, with Telegu smash RRR making a similar run.
Gangubai is based on the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai and follows the development of an ordinary girl who is deceived and sold into prostitution. With no other option except to embrace the ways of fate and turn it in her favour, Gangu (Bhatt) becomes the voice of the oppressed and makes it her goal to try to legalise a contaminated profession that dates back to ancient times.
The film had its international premiere earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival, where it garnered a standing ovation. Stephanie Bunbury of Deadline described it as “ravishingly entertaining.” It has earned more than $23 million at the global box office and is one of the top ten films in India this year, as well as a rare breakthrough for a female-led Bollywood blockbuster.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali recently attended a number of BAFTA Awards-related events in London. He spoke about his 25-year career, gave his first BAFTA masterclass, and interacted with students during a Q&A session.
Gangubai Kathiawadi was India’s first Hindi success of the year, grossing Rs 129.10 crore.