Alia Bhatt’s SHOCKING New Role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Next Film
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Alia Bhatt’s SHOCKING New Role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Next Film

Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi will take her into a world she has never visited

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So far most of  the  character that Alia has played are very quiet withdrawn souls, like the  Indian bride-spy in Raazi, the  labourer from Bihar in Udta Punjab and the  unhappy wife in KalankGangubai Kathiawadi will be by far the  most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.

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