Bollywood Biopic on Brothel Owner Gangubai Kathiawadi Lands in Legal Trouble

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming Hindi film “Gangubai Kathiawadi” is the actual life story of a Mumbai-based brothel proprietor. The film starring actress Alia Bhatt is predicated on the crime novel “Mafia Queens of Mumbai” written by Hussain Zaidi with unique analysis by reporter Jane Borges.

Gangubai Kathiawadi’s son Babuji Rawji Shah has filed a lawsuit towards famend Indian filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who’s making a film based mostly on the actual life story of his mom that claims she had ties with the underworld in the course of the Nineteen Sixties. The lawsuit can be towards Alia Bhatt, who performs the lead character in the film.

The case was filed as Shah has alleged “defamation, indecent representation of women, and circulation of obscene and indecent material”.

Shah’s lawyer Narendra Dubey informed the Indian information web site The Print that he and his household have been subjected to harassment as a result of individuals in his locality are calling them “a prostitute family” because of the film and has demanded manufacturing of the movie be halted.

Shah, who continues to stay in Kamathipura, India’s greatest pink gentle space in Mumbai, is considered one of 4 youngsters adopted by Gangubai.

“Ever since the promo of the film came out, rumours have spread and Shah has been harassed in his locality. His leg was fractured from being hit. His relatives are also suffering as they are now being known as coming from a ‘prostitute family'”, Shah’s lawyer Narendra Dubey mentioned.

The film is predicated on the crime novel “Mafia Queens of Mumbai” written by creator Hussain Zaidi and reporter Jane Borges. Shah has additionally filed a case towards them and has sought a everlasting restraining order on printing and circulation of the ebook.

Shah reportedly objected to the second half of the ebook (from pages 50 to 69) that particulars Gangubai’s life. He known as it defamatory in nature and an infringement upon his proper to privateness, self-respect, and liberty.

The first listening to of the case was held on the Bombay Civil Court and the defendants have been given till 7 January to reply.

Netizens have taken to social media slamming the makers for violating Shah’s proper to privateness.

The film “Gangubai Kathiawadi” was scheduled for launch on 11 September however was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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