Shantanu Maheshwari to make his bollywood debut with Gangubai Kathiawadi

Popular bollywood actress Alia Bhatt have started shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next directorial titled Gangubai Kathiawadi. Alia plays Gangubai, a brothel owner and matriarch of Kamathipura, Mumbai in the film. Gangubai was infamous for her connections with the underworld. The movie is based on Hussain Zaidi’s book Queens of Mumbai. Now as per latest reports, TV actor Shantanu Maheshwari has been roped in the film and it will be his bollywood debut.

 

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According to a report of a leading entertainment news portal, Bhansali was looking for a fresh face and Shantanu fits into the character pretty well. Shantanu will portray the character of Afsan, one of the lead roles opposite Alia.

There are three cameos in the film- two young actors and an actress. Now with Shantanu joining the team, makers require only two fresh faces.

”Sanjay Leela Bhansali was looking for a fresh face who would carry that innocence but still be convincing in a dark role. The team had auditioned Shantanu Maheshwari and they loved his tape. SLB also was immensely impressed by him and he has now officially been signed on to play one of the lead roles opposite Alia in the film,”
the report stated.

Shantanu will soon start shooting in Mumbai. Currently, Alia is shooting for the younger version of Gangubai in Film City.