Although Alia Bhatt is not yet allowed to talk about her role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi she has already begun intense preparations for the part. Sanjay Leela Bhansali would be directing the film based on the life and crimes of female gangster Gangubai Kothewali, the dreaded female crimelord who is known as ‘The Madame Of Kamathipura’. Bhansali’s film is based on a chapter from S. Hussain Zaidi’s bestseller about female gangsters Mafia Queens Of Mumbai.
Sources close to the film reveal Alia has been rigorously rehearsing and preparing for the part. “This is the first time she would be playing a character so earthy, exuberant and boisterous. Alia plays a woman who lives her life to the fullest. Wohkehte hain na, nimboo ki terah nichod ke zindagi jeeti hai (she squeezes every bit of juice out of life),” says the source.
So far most of the character that Alia has played are very quiet withdrawn souls, like the Indian bride-spy in Raazi, the labourer from Bihar in Udta Punjab and the unhappy wife in Kalank. Gangubai Kathiawadi will be by far the most outgoing character Alia has played. Says a source, “Sanjay Bhansali has grown up in a family of gregarious boisterous women. He will guide Alia though her journey into this earthy unabashed woman of the world.”
Apparently Alia is not only mastering the colloquial language she will also be visiting the places where women similar to her character live and work. Interestingly, director Vishal Bhardwaj too was all set to direct a film based on a chapter from S Hussain Zaidi’s book on women gangsters. It was a film entitled Sapna Didi based on Zaidi’s account of Ashraf Khan alias Sapna, the gangster whose only mission in life is to eliminate her husband’s killer Dawood Ibrahim, the international terrorist.
Bhansali’s favourite Deepika Padukone was to play Bhardwaj’s Sapna Didi. The project unfortunately got shelved.