Gangubai Kathiawadi has hit the theatres’ and the first reviews are coming out. While Bollywood was going gaga over the film, seems like audiences aren’t very happy with the film. The viewers who have watched the film claim that Alia is a misfit for the role. The screenplay by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Utkarshini Vashishtha is both entertaining and dramatic. Several films have already dealt with the lives of sex workers. The character of Gangubai, as well as the other supporting characters, is well-developed. The interactions between Prakash Kapadia and Utkarshini Vashishtha are riveting and among the best in recent memory. The intensity of various sequences is enhanced by the hard-hitting one-liners.
The directing by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is excellent. He makes sure that the audience is immersed in the realm of Gangubai and Kamathipura. He has previously produced some excellent films, so don’t expect a mediocre product from him. In this aspect, he doesn’t disappoint. He has beautifully and sensitively directed the story, as well as adding grandeur in a way that only he could have done.
Gangubai’s anguish is well-expressed, and everyone can sympathies with her. At the same time, for the most part, the film is not unsettling and treats the subject matter in a mainstream manner. However, the romantic scene between Gangubai and Afsaan could have been cut out because this is where the movie slows down. The second half is engaging but for the single-screen audience, it doesn’t offer mass entertainment. Moreover, Gangubai is nicknamed ‘Mafia Queen’ a few of times although she isn’t depicted as a mafia in any way.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s music is a big letdown. He is known for soulful and hit songs, but Gangubai Kathiawadi has yet to chart. ‘Dholida’ is okay just due to the picturization. The same goes for ‘Meri Jaan’ and ‘Jab Saiyaan’. ‘Shikayat’ and ‘Jhume Re Gori’ are two films that are easily forgotten. Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara have a substantially superior background score.
On the whole, Gangubai Kathiawadi is a strong narrative that is garnished with amazing moments and a career best performance by Alia Bhatt. It has a good possibility of doing well at the box office, especially with multiplex and female viewers.