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2 years of 'Gangubai Kathiawadi': 5 reasons why Alia Bhatt-starrer is a modern-day classic

Updated on: 25 February,2024 10:48 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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Celebrating its 2 year anniversary, we bring to you 5 reasons why 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' is a modern day classic

2 years of 'Gangubai Kathiawadi': 5 reasons why Alia Bhatt-starrer is a modern-day classic

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As 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' celebrates its second anniversary, we reflect on why Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus has etched its place as a modern-day classic in Indian cinema.

Through its compelling narrative, stellar performances, and unparalleled craftsmanship, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's masterpiece continues to captivate audiences and inspire generations of filmmakers, solidifying its place in the annals of Indian cinema. Here are five compelling reasons:

1. Reviving Cinematic Experience

In an era dominated by digital streaming platforms, 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' brought audiences back to cinemas with its grandeur and spectacle. Bhansali's larger-than-life vision and immersive storytelling captivated viewers, reaffirming the magic of the big screen experience.

2. Box Office Triumph Despite Challenges

Despite theaters operating at 50% occupancy due to the pandemic, 'angubai Kathiawadi' opened with double-digit numbers at the box office, showcasing the enduring appeal of Bhansali's cinema. The film's ability to draw audiences amidst challenging circumstances underscores its undeniable allure and timeless relevance.

3. Breaking Gender Stereotypes

'Gangubai Kathiawadi' shattered stereotypes by centering on a powerful female protagonist, portrayed with finesse by Alia Bhatt. In an industry where male-centric narratives often dominate, Bhansali's portrayal of Gangubai's journey from a brothel owner to a formidable matriarch resonated with audiences, marking a refreshing departure from the norm.

4. Authenticity and Attention to Detail

From meticulously recreating the bustling streets of Kamathipura to capturing the essence of the bygone era, 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' exudes authenticity in every frame. Bhansali's meticulous attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy imbue the film with a sense of realism, transporting viewers to the heart of 1960s Bombay.

5. The Magic of Sanjay Leela Bhansali

At its core, 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' is a testament to the visionary genius of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. With his unparalleled craftsmanship and innate flair for storytelling, Bhansali weaves a tapestry of emotions, music, and visuals that leave an indelible impression on viewers. Whether it's the grandeur of his sets, the intensity of his characters, or the depth of his narrative, Bhansali's magic permeates every aspect of the film, elevating it to the status of a modern-day classic.

Alia Bhatt played the role of Gangubai in 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' which revolves around a maiden sold by a suitor into prostitution and how she becomes a prominent and celebrated figure in the underworld and Kamathipua red-light district.

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