After Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ got released, it made noise for all the right reasons. Be it Alia Bhatt’s powerful acting or Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s direction, the film had been appreciated by many. Till date, it has people talking about it. After Hollywood actress Sophia Di Martino, it’s now Robin Baker of BFINA (British Film Institute National Archive) who has praised Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’. He has even asked BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) to watch it.
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Robin Baker, the head curator of British Film Institute National Archive took to social media and praised ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ as he also requested BAFTA and Academy awards to watch it. He wrote “If I was a member of BAFTA or the Academy (I`m not), this year I would be voting for Alia Bhatt as Best Actress for her performance in GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, India, 2022). She plays a prostitute turned underworld brothel madam turned campaigner for sex workers’ rights, and the joy of her performance is how she grows as her character develops. The film is big, brash, sentimental and hugely enjoyable, but Bhatt is sensational. There`s the additional pleasure of the film`s classic Hindi cinema references – from Gangubai`s love of Dev Anand to scenes of cinema-going in the 50s and 60s to the numerous film posters lining the streets around Bombay`s red light district. If you haven`t seen it (especially BAFTA and Academy Award-voting friends), please head to Netflix ASAP”.
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Besides Alia Bhatt, ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ also starred Ajay Devgn and Shantanu Maheshwari in important roles.
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