In Gangubai Kathiawadi, Alia Bhatt collaborated with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the first time. The actress, who plays the main character, will portray the role of a sex worker. While the trailer appears to be extremely promising, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has revealed that Alia’s boyfriend, Ranbir Kapoor, has had one “complaint” about her.
Bhansali lavished accolades on Alia during a press conference at the Berlin International Film Festival 2022. He claims that the actress has taken on Gangubai’s persona to the point where Ranbir complains that she talks like Gangubai at home. Bhansali went on to say that when he saw Alia walk on site, he thought Gangubai had arrived rather than Alia.
“I think Alia for a long time is going to live in Gangubai because she has played it to the hilt. I think she has become more Gangubai than Alia in real life. Her boyfriend complains about her speaking like Gangubai at home and it’s just completely becoming one with the character. Now it’s just a director’s delight to see that the girl who comes out of the car at the studio is not Alia, it’s Gangu. She would walk like Gangu on the set, she would go home walking like Gangu,” he said.
On February 25, Gangubai Kathiawadi will be released. The film also stars Vijay Raaz and Seema Pahwa, in addition to Alia. Ajay Devgn also makes a guest appearance.