Review: Alia Bhatt Rules Her World With Glory As Sanjay Leela Bhansali Brings His Magnum Opus To Life In Gangubai Kathiawadi
This isn’t a woman who needs your sympathy, says Bhansali; she’s a flame.
Just when the world was getting ready to see Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Gangubai Kathiawadi when the first look was released in early 2020, we learned that the wait would be extended by over two years. Cut to 2022, and we’re one step closer to seeing the picture, thanks to the filmmaker’s release of the Alia Bhatt-trailer starrer’s today. And, as always, we are in awe of his cinematic prowess.
The teaser, which was released about a year ago, provided a tiny glimpse into the universe that the filmmaker was creating. Gangubai Kathiawadi is based on a passage from Hussain Zaidi’s cult classic Mafia Queens Of Mumbai. Following her journey from the moment she was forced into prostitution to the time she proudly donned her dark history as a wonderful badge of honour and sat atop her ecosystem’s moat. The trailer begins with Gangu in a car, about to do something big, but in her own unique style. We next see her giving a political speech, and Bhansali makes it obvious that this is not a woman who requires sympathy; she is a firebrand. Of course, the trailer travels back in time, but it never casts a helpless glance on Gangu. She struggles, faces opposition, and is even knocked down, but her determination never wavers.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a maverick filmmaker who also knows how to cut a trailer. He only gives you enough information to entice you to the theatre to see his magnum opus on the big screen. Unlike many others in recent years, the trailer is a disorganised collection of scenes from the film with no chronological order. The best part is that the tale isn’t revealed.
In terms of direction, Bhansali makes a positive adjustment in his approach. The background score by Sanchit and Ankit Balhara is fresh and unlike other Bhansali films, as it is more influenced by the pop culture of the time it is set in. The aesthetics and production design are one-of-a-kind and evocative of the time period. The cinematography of Sudeep Chatterjee brings the world to life and provides a glimpse into the universe created by Bhansali. Overall, Gangubai Kathiawadi Trailer is a success in every way. Whether it’s Alia Bhatt’s wonderful performance, even when she has to say a slur, or her emotional parts, or the supporting cast, which includes big stars like Vijay Raaz, Seema Pahwa, and Jim Sarbh, there’s something for everyone. The anticipation for this one is palpable.
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