Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn, who is speculated to play Mumbai’s infamous don Karim Lala in Alia Bhatt starrer ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, is confirmed to join the shoot from today.
The recent teaser launch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s powerful big-screen character of Gangubai, portrayed by Alia Bhatt, has created massive buzz and much anticipation for the film After much speculation, it is confirmed that the ‘Tanhaji’ star will be seen playing a significant role in this stem-winding story and will join the ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ team today at a grand set which has been created in Mumbai.
The film which sees Ajay Devgn and Alia working together also celebrates the reunion of the superstar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali after 22 years. Their earlier outing was the iconic ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’.
Ajay will reportedly essay the role of Karim Lala who was also Gangubai’s “rakhi brother.”
Karim Lala was one of the three “mafia dons of Mumbai” alongside Mastan Mirza aka Haji Mastan and Varadarajan Mudaliar. He reigned the maximum city from the sixties to the early eighties.
When Gangubai was brutally raped by a gangster, leaving her invalid for days, she approached his boss, who incidentally happened to be Lala.
She met him after his Friday prayers and shared her ordeal. Lala trashed her tormenter and warned against anyone harming her.
Based on the book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ written by S Hussain Zaidi, the film showcases the rise of a girl named Gangubai Kothewali, a brothel owner and matriarch from Kathiawad who had no choice but to embrace the ways of destiny and swing it in her favour.
The project which marks the first collaboration between Bhansali and Alia will also see Bhansali Productions collaborating with Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited. The movie is scheduled to hit the big screens on July 30, 2021.