Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s upcoming film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ hast been in the news since ever since the announcement. The film stars Popular Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in the lead role. There were many speculations in the media about the male lead of the film, and now according to the latest reports, Popular TV actor Shantanu Maheshwari will be cast opposite Alia in the film.
Earlier, reports claimed that Kartik Aaryan or Emraan Hashmi are supposed to play the character. However, It is now reported that Shantanu has been approached to play Alia’s husband in the film. It is also being said that Ajay Devgan will also be seen in a special role in the film.
After the untimely demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, the debate on ‘Insider’ and ‘Outsider’ in the industry has intensified. Sushant too appeared in films after a successful TV Career. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see Alia opposite a popular TV actor. According to reports, the shooting of the film was slated to begin from March, but it has been postponed due to Coronavirus pandemic.
Shantanu Maheshwari became popular from Channel V’s ‘Dil Dosti Dance’. Apart from this, he has made special appearances in ‘Ye Hai Aashiqui’, ‘Ek Thousand Merry Bahna Hai’, ‘Pyar Tune Kya Kiya’, ‘Nach Baliye 5’, ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Ja 9’ and other shows. He was the winner of ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi 8’.
On a related note, ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’is based on Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’. According to the book, Gangubai Kathiawadi’s real name was Ganga Harjivandas and she belonged to a rich family in Gujarat. Gangubai’s husband sold her at a brothel for Rs 500 while she was dreaming of living a new life with him.