In a short span of time, Bollywood star Alia Bhatt has already left a huge mark in the industry. Making her debut with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year back in 2012, the starlet has proved her mettle as an actress. Her performances in Highway, Udta Punjab and Raazi was lauded by many, putting her in the list of one of the finest performers of Bollywood. As of now, Alia is currently gearing up for the release of her next film, Brahmastra with none other than her beau Ranbir Kapoor. But soon after, she will be working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in one of the most-awaited projects, Gangubai Kathiwadi.
However, the filmmaker has roped in Marathi actors to train Alia with the Kathiawadi dialect. According to Mid-Day, Sanjay has gotten in touch with stars Supriya Pathak and Manoj Joshi to help Alia. A source close to the production team said, "Alia’s grandfather Nanabhai Bhatt was a Gujarati Brahmin who hailed from Kathiawad. But Alia is not familiar with the dialect as it is rarely used outside Gujarat. Since the filmmaker is meticulous in his prep, he wants a tutor who is fluent in the dialect. He has reached out to some famous Gujarati theatre personalities, including Manoj and Supriya, to help him in his search. The film will be shot simultaneously as she undertakes the month-long diction class."
The film will be based on a book written by journalist S Hussain Zaidi, titled Mafia Queens of Mumbai. It tells the story of Gangubai Kathewali, who was the matriarch of Kamathipura in Mumbai. She was a young woman who was pushed into prostitution but turned out to be one of its biggest supporters. She makes money off the trade but carries a soft spot for young women forced into it. It is expected to release in September 2020.