Gangubai Kathiawadi is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language biographical crime drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and produced by Bhansali and Jayantilal Gada. The film stars Alia Bhatt in the title role, alongside Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari, Seema Pahwa, Varun Kapoor and Jim Sarbh. Ajay Devgn appears in an extended cameo.
The film is about Gangubai Kothewali, whose life was documented in the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai written by S. Hussain Zaidi. The film depicts the rise of a simple girl from Kathiawad who had no choice but to embrace the ways of destiny and swing it in her favour. Gangubai Kathiawadi premiered at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival on 16 February 2022, and was released in theatres on 25 February 2022.
The film received critical acclaim for its themes, direction, production value and Bhatt’s performance.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Screenplay by Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Utkarshini Vashishtha
Story by Hussain Zaidi
Produced by Jayantilal Gada & Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring Alia Bhatt, Shantanu Maheshwari, Seema Pahwa, Jim Sarbh
Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee
Edited by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Music by Sanchit Balhara & Ankit Balhara
Production Bhansali Productions & Pen India Limited
Distributed by Pen Marudhar Entertainment
Release dates 16 February 2022 (Berlinale) 25 February 2022 (India)
Running time 154 minutes