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Gangubai Kathiawadi in Legal Rift a Week Before Release, Family Says ‘She Was Not a Prostitute’

Gangubai Kathiawadi’s next of kin filed a defamation suit against Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Hussain Zaidi on whose book the film is based, including Alia Bhatt and others associated with the movie. The filmmakers are currently at the Berlin International Film Festival where the first screening of the film will take place. However, in India, the family claims that Gangubai was never a prostitute as she is shown as one in the film.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, notices have been sent to SLB and Hussain and Alia. Speaking on behalf of the family, advocate Narendra Dubey said that she was a social worker and a political influencer. He further added that his kids don’t want her mother to be portrayed as a prostitute in the film.

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“Nobody wants their mother to be portrayed as a prostitute. Even the son of a prostitute won’t want that. It is just for the sake of money, it assassinates the character of a person. It is not a matter of mother and son, it is a matter of respect and dignity for every woman. No woman would want to be portrayed in such a nude and obscene manner. Even if we believe what Hussain Zaidi wrote in his book, he said Gangubai never wanted to become a prostitute. Would that woman then, want to be portrayed as a prostitute?”

Mr Dubey added that Gangubai was a prominent leader as strong as Jawaharlal Nehru, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Morarji Desai, these leaders would visit her during elections. “She fought for the rights of the prostitutes,” he said.

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The family has sought a stay on the release of the film from the court. The movie was all set to release on February 25. They said that they moved the court seeking a stay on its release right after the first promo was released and now the case is pending in the Supreme Court of India.

Gangubai has adopted 4 kinds – Baburao, Baby, Shakuntala and Rajan – she fought for their education and then became a social worker. According to Hussain Zaidi’s chapter, she ran away from home to work in the film industry but was sold into sex work. It is established in the book that she had links with the underworld and she rose to power by becoming the most important person in Kamathipura, the red-light area in Mumbai.

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