Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial Gangubai Kathiawadi starring Alia Bhatt is just a few days away from the theatrical release. While social media is abuzz, the film continues to land in legal troubles. This time, Maharashtra Congress MLA Amin Patel has filed a petition in Bombay High Court to change the name of the film and remove words, alleging it shows Kamathipura as a red-light area and the Kathiawadi community in poor light. The hearing for the same will take place on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
Congress MLA Amin Patel moves Bombay High Court urging to drop names ‘Kamathipura’ & ‘Kathiawadi’ from Gangubai Kathiawadi
According to News18, the petition said, “If the movie is allowed to be released with the name Kamathipura, then it would cause harm and disrespect to the residents, especially women."
A resident of Kamathipura, Shradha Surve, had filed a petition mentioning before a division bench of Justices Gautam Patel and Madhav Jamdar on Tuesday, seeking urgent hearing since the film arrives in theatres on February 25, 2022. Similarly, Congress MLA Amin Patel filed a petition raising similar objections before a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice M S Karnik. The plea urged the bench to change the name to Mayapuri or Mayanagri and claimed that “not even five percent of the Kamathipura area is active in prostitution."
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathaiwadi is based on Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai book.
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