14.09.2023 | GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI (IN 2022, Sanjay Leela Bhansali)

IN 2022, D: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, A: Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Shantanu Maheshwari, 157’, original with english subtitles, DCP

GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI tells of a woman who, in childhood, was sold to work as a sex worker in the red light district of Kamathipura during the 1950ies. Thereby, Gangubai is forced to assert herself – as a human in a ruthless job, as a woman in a misogynistic society and eventually, as a political player who fights against a religiously shaped elite that deprives her of her right to exist. 

It is a film full of abundant, sensual stimuli, genre citations and Bolly-wood emotionalism. The obligatory musical sequences are used to contrastingly narrate relationships and feelings of the figures. Even though Alia Bhatts’ depiction of Gangubai does not partake of subtlety, she still performs the heroine with big sway and as much complexity as the form allows. 

Thu 14. SeptSchaubühne Lindenfels
9:30 PM€ 6,5 (5,5 reduced)