Gangubai Kathiawadi got a lot of fame in Mumbai in the 1960s in the name of Gangubai Kothewali. Many brothels were under his supervision in Kamathipura. It was said to have a lot of reach from the underworld to politics. His dominance was such that no one thought of getting entangled with him ten times. It is also interesting how a mistress earned a lot of respect in her business.
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How did Gangubai reach Bombay?Ganga Harjeevan Das, the only girl in the family of a good number of lawyers of Kathiawar, was born in 1939, she was raised very dearly. The whole family used to sacrifice for every wish of ‘Gangu’. After studying in a government school in Gujarat, he did not study further because he did not feel like studying.
Alia Bhatt will be seen playing the role of Gangubai.
When Gangubai was only 16 years old, she fell in love with the young man who worked as an accountant at her father’s. The father and the whole family objected to this relationship. Gangu had a temper even in the slightest age ‘Not to be afraid of someone’s father’. So Gangu preferred love and ran away with that young man and came to Bombay.
Why did Gangu run away and how did he cheat?
Gangu was very fond of films and was lost in dreams of glare. It is said that his dream was that one day he too became a very successful and famous actress. That accountant saw these little dreams as an opportunity. Poured the trap of love on Gangu and took him to Bombay, showing his dreams to fulfill his dreams.
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Gangu’s dreams came as a shock when her lover sold her to a brothel. Gangu was beautiful, so her lover then got a hefty amount of 500 rupees. Gangu, who was pushed into prostitution due to deception in love, then had two avenues, one would believe that she would live like a thousand girls and die, or find a way to live in this business on her own terms. The answer was his style, ‘Gangu was the moon and the moon will remain’.
How did Gangu’s tears become strength?
Gangu, who was cheated by her lover, used to cry in the closet for weeks. Then he took the initiative to clean his life by wiping his tears on his own. He was also sympathetic to the persecuted girls in his own way and somewhere it was left in his mind that he also had the responsibility to improve the lives of all these girls.
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It did not take long and Gangu became one of the most expensive sex workers in Kamathipura. His ‘clients’ were influential people. Apart from his freshness and body, Gangu started to create a different identity on his own.
Alia Bhatt in a scene from the movie Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Relations with the underworld changed circumstances
The 1960s was a time of domination of the underworld in the history of Bombay. Karim Lala was the third name of the Mafia Triangle of Bombay along with Haji Mastan and Varadarajan. On one side was the name of Lala Kauf, on the other hand he was also famous for his principles. The path of a deep relationship between Gangu and Lal was a painful accident.
Gangubai was brutally raped by a gangster of Lala’s gang. After this incident, Gangubai was badly broken, her future in Kamathipura was also on the verge of ending. Once again Gangu wiped his tears and dared to stand up. like ‘Gangu was the moon and the moon shines in the night’. After the prayer of Jumme, the complaint of that gangster reached her boss Lala.
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When Gangu heard Lala coming to offer prayers, Lala, a fiery Lala, taught his Zalim gangster a big lesson in front of everyone. In front of everyone, Lala tied Rakhi with Gangu and spread in the underworld of Bombay that Gangu has been made a sister by Lala and threatened that if someone commits more then the consequences will not be good. After this, the days of Gangu were gone again.
Gangu became queen of Kamathipura
Gangubai had become a veritable malika in the world of the brothels. Gold sari in the sari and gold buttons in the blouse used to be the identity of Gangu. There was a time when when Bentley used to drive his car out of the streets of Kamathipura, Bombay was in a state of disarray. When to Gangu ‘Amavas did not have a night in Kamathipura’, Then Gangu had a chance to earn respect.
Gangubai Kathiawadi movie poster
Gangubai, who has earned name and status, started waging a fight for the rights of girls and women pushed into prostitution. It is said that on one occasion Gangu met Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the country, and Nehru was also convinced of the wisdom with which he spoke for the rights of prostitutes. After this, special rights were also decided for the red light area.
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Even today, pictures of Gangu are found on the walls of the rooms of Kamathipura. Indeed, this whole life looks like ‘Larger than Life’, which Hussain Zaidi has recorded in his book Mafia Queens of Mumbai and now a lot of discussion has started about Alia in Gangu’s powerful role in Bhansali’s film.