“Made my mother a prostitute!’ Gangubai’s family upset with Alia Bhatt’s film

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On February 25, Alia Bhatt’s badass avatar in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi will be premiered. The trailer was released last week. However, Gangubai’s family – her purported adopted son Babu Raoji Shah and her granddaughter Bharti are not happy about the Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn-starrer.

Those who are unfamiliar with the story may recall that in 2021, Babu Raoji Shah, Gangubai’s alleged adopted son, filed a suit against the film Gangubai Kathiawadi. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Alia Bhatt were even summoned by a Mumbai court in the case. In a later decision, the Bombay High Court refused to stay the release of Gangubai Kathiawadi and granted an interim stay on a criminal defamation case against the makers of the film. Despite this, the case has yet to be resolved. Babu Raoji Shah tells AajTak.in that his mother was turned into a prostitute. People are now saying inexplicable things about her.

The whole Gangubai family has been in shock since the trailer was released, according to Gangubai’s family lawyer, Narendra. “The way Gangubai was portrayed is completely wrong and baseless. It is vulgar. You are representing a social activist as a prostitute. Which family would like it? You have made her [Gangubai] a vamp and lady don,” he says.

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On February 25, Alia Bhatt’s badass avatar in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi will be unveiled to the country after the film’s trailer was released. The film’s star performers – Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn – are not pleased with Gangubai’s family’s reaction.

Those who are unfamiliar with the story may recall that in 2021, Babu Raoji Shah, Gangubai’s alleged adopted son, filed a suit against the film Gangubai Kathiawadi. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Alia Bhatt were even summoned by a Mumbai court in the case. In a later decision, the Bombay High Court refused to stay the release of Gangubai Kathiawadi and granted an interim stay on a criminal defamation case against the makers of the film. Despite this, the case has yet to be resolved. Babu Raoji Shah tells AajTak.in that his mother was turned into a prostitute. People are now saying inexplicable things about her.

Narendra, the family’s lawyer, said that all of Gangubai’s family members have been shocked by the trailer. “The way Gangubai was portrayed was completely wrong and baseless. It is vulgar. You are portraying a social activist as a prostitute. What kind of family would want to be associated with that?” he said.

“We have sent notices to Sanjay Leela Bhansali (director) and Hussain Zaidi (writer of Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of Women from the Ganglands, from which Gangubai Kathiawadi was adapted), but they haven’t responded,” he says.

Bharti, Gangubai’s granddaughter, says, “The makers have defamed my family out of greed for money and it cannot be accepted. You did not ask for the family’s consent before embarking on the project, and you did not seek our permission before making the film.”..”

Bharti elaborates, “My grandmother used to live in Kamathipura. So, did every woman living there become a prostitute? My grandmother had adopted four children there – two daughters, Shakuntala Ranjit Kawi (Bharti’s mother) and Sushila Reddy, and two sons, Babu Raoji Shah and Rajinikanth Raoji Shah. We are from this family but now we’ve been termed ‘illegal’. When our grandmother went through with the adoption, such strict adoption laws were not in place.”

“We used to proudly narrate the stories of our grandmother. But, after the trailer was released, people have been calling to tell us how she is being portrayed as a prostitute. My grandmother has worked for the upliftment of the sex workers there throughout her life. What have these people turned my grandmother into,” Bharti said, on a parting note.

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