Gangubai Kathiawadi’s trailer has generated huge excitement for the film, which stars Alia Bhatt as a strong, controversial and well-liked brothel madam in 1960s Mumbai.
However, the character that got the most attention is the one played by Ajay Devgn. The Tanhaji actor unveiled his first poster for the film just hours before the world will see the tale of the fierce Madame of Kamathipura.
The actor, who plays a key character in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, is seen posing next to a car in a crisp shirt, trousers and a slung coat. He also wears a hat and sunglasses and appears to be in serious business. Devgn will revive the character of the famous 1960s underworld don, Karim Lala.
Lala, born Abdul Karim Sher Khan in Afghanistan’s Kunar district, was an underworld don known for his booze dens, gambling and criminal syndicates from the 1960s to the early 1980s. With Mastan Mirza aka Haji Mastan and Varadarajan Mudaliar, he was one of Mumbai’s three “mafia dons”.
He was the leader of the Pathan Gang, which ruled Mumbai at the time. Lala’s disappearance in 2002 is believed to have marked the end of the underground mafia dictatorship that ruled Mumbai for decades.
Lala had struck terror into the minds of others about himself. He never hesitated to serve the needy. Lala’s most notable characteristic was her dedication to addressing the plight of the poor and helpless.
It is believed that Gangubai was caught in a swamp from which she was unable to escape. She approached Lala, who happened to be the owner of the brothel, and pleaded for justice for herself. Lala recognized Gangubai’s helplessness and swore to help him. Following this, he became Gangubai’s brother Rakhi.
In February last year, Devgn started working for Gangubai Kathiawadi. After two decades, Devgn reunited with Bhansali. Previously, the two collaborated in 1999 for the hit Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in which he was cast opposite Aishwarya Rai.
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