Mahesh Bhatt reacts to daughter Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi trailer, says ‘she stands out’
From Sanjay Leela Bhansali trailer Gangubai Kathiawadi came out, Alia Bhatt received a lot of praise from her fans, friends, colleagues and family. In the film, she plays the role of a girl named Gangubai from Kathiawad, who becomes one of the most powerful madams in the red-light district of Kamathipura in the 1960s. Alia’s father, Mahesh Bhatt, is impressed by the her daughter’s performance.
In an interaction with The Times of India, the filmmaker said Alia can play the way she plays because she “didn’t mold herself to a role model.” He also messaged his daughter through the post and advised Alia not to seek acceptance from the world. Instead, he said, she should stay as she is. He noted, “A flower does not preach. A weed does not want to be a rose. He doesn’t care if you don’t praise him or even crush him. The model is the problem.
Gangubai Kathiawadi will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on February 16. It will be released in Indian theaters on February 25. It is a biographical crime drama, based on a chapter from author Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai.
Besides Mahesh Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Neetu Kapoor also praised Alia after watching the movie trailer. Sharing the trailer on Instagram, Samantha wrote: “Badass and how. Alia Bhatt, you are amazing #Gangubai. Anushka also shared the trailer and wrote, “What a firecracker of trailer and actor Alia Bhatt.” Neetu Kapoor called the trailer “outstanding” on Instagram. Deepika Padukone wished Alia and Sanjay Leela Bhansali good luck with the film. Ranbir Kapoor recreated Alia’s hand gesture from the film when asked to react to the trailer.
Gangubai Kathiawadi also stars Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari, Seema Pahwa and features Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi in extended cameos. It also marks the Bollywood debut of television actor-dancer Shantanu Maheshwari.
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