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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial and Alia Bhatt starring film, Gangubai Kathiawadi, is about to release in the theatres, and we cannot wait. Alia is neck-deep busy promoting the film, giving interviews, and talking about the charismatic, daring, and fiery Gangubai. Recently, the movie was being premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and the actress is enjoying every moment of excitement.
Alia Bhatt is gearing up for one after another release, and it's proved that she is riding high in her career and winning our hearts. However, the real-life Gangubai's family members are not very happy with the film's outlook. In a recent conversation with a media portal, Gangubai's adopted son and granddaughter slammed the movie and revealed a few insights.
As per the media reports, Gangubai's adopted son, Babu Raoji Shah and her granddaughter, Bharti had filed a petition against the film in 2021. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Alia Bhatt were even summoned to the Bombay High Court. Instead of a stay order, the court had granted an interim stay order on the criminal defamation proceedings against the creators of the film. In an interview with Aaj Tak, Babu Raoji Shah talked about how people have been talking about his mother. He said:
"My mother has been turned into a prostitute. People are now saying inexplicable things about my mother."
Gangubai's family lawyer, Narendra, even claimed that the whole family couldn't take the film's trailer in a good way and shared that they are in shock. Further talking about the same, he said:
"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."
Narendra also added that the case lodged by Babu Raoji Shah lodged isn't closed yet. He further said that the legal systems had asked about Babu Raoji's proof, and after providing the evidence, there has been no hearing on this matter still now.
Gangubai's granddaughter, Bharti, also slammed the film, saying that there was no permission taken neither before writing the book nor while making it. She further claimed that the filmmakers defamed them for the greed of money. In the interview, Bharti added that her grandmother had adopted 4 children and had worked for the betterment of the sex workers in Kamathipura throughout her life.
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