Even before the movie’s teaser released, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi had been embroiled in controversy. Now, the residents of Mumbai’s Kamathipura are protesting against the Alia Bhatt-starrer movie alleging that the film shows the area where Gangubai lived in the ’60s in a bad light.
“The New Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a blatant misrepresentation and an attempt to malign the 200 years of the actual history of Kamathipura. It is defamatory, shameful, and has hurt the sentiments of the residents of Kamathipura,” says their official statement, as per jagran.com.
“The residents have worked hard to erase the social stigma attached to the name of Kamathipura, and this movie is extremely damaging to the current and future generations of Kamathipura,” it adds.
People have warned that they won’t stay silent.
“Once again a few people are looking to monetize from the suffering of others and this time the residents of Kamathipura are choosing to not suffer in silence. Hundreds of residents of Kamathipura (Youth, women, children, etc) will be gathering at the center of Kamathipura to protest against the release of Gangubai Kathiawadi. They have also previously met with various decision-makers and registered their complaint on the same.”
Gangubai Kathiawadi, based on the life of powerful and controversial woman Gangubai Kothewali, who was hailed as Madam of Kamathipura in the ’60s, is all set to release on July 30.