New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Alia Bhatt's acting stars are expected to rise first in the film industry under the splendid craftsmanship of veteran filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali as the restrictions in place to control the COVID-19 crisis gradually start to evaporate, making way for the shooting of Bhansali's much-awaited and equally anticipated film 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' from the sets erected in the Film city.

"Sanjay Leela Bhansali was already shooting in Filmcity and his set is still there. So the possibility is that his movie will be the first to resume shooting with the necessary precautions, once the permission is granted by CM," Ashok Dubey, General Secretary, Federation of Western India Cine Employees was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Dubey added that sets have been covered by many filmmakers, and not closed altogether in the hope of resuming the film operations once the lockdown ends.

"A lot of filmmakers have kept their sets intact, waiting to start shoot post lockdown," he said.

The subject of Gangubai Kathiawadi's story was earlier explored in Hussain Zaidi's audiobook 'Mafia Queens of Mumbai', in which Gangubai's life was voiced upon by Netflix favourite Radhika Apte.

Set in the era of 1960s, 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' is based on the life and lifelines of a famous businesswoman and call girl Gangubai, originally from Kathiawad in Gujarat, whose husband sold her at a brothel for Rs 500. Gangu rose to fame as she battled misogyny and poverty, and made way for an aboriginal prestige for herself in Mumbai's stinky-glitzy world of crime and realism while being a call girl.

The titular role in the biopic will be played by Alia Bhatt, making it one of her career's most crucial works after 'Highway'(2014), 'Udta Punjab'(2016) and 'Raazi'(2018).

Scripted by the writer Utkarshini Vashishtha of 'Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela' (2013) and Sarbjit (2016) fame, 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' is scheduled to hit the floors in September 2020. One can only hope that the Bhansali's team will be able to complete the film's production amid the challenges thrown on the floor by coronavirus crisis.

The Entertainment industry's stalwarts had anticipated 2020 to be the most important year for Alia Bhatt's career, like how 2013 was for Deepika Padukone when she gave consecutively applauding performances in 'Race-2', 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani', 'Chennai Express' and '...Ram-Leela', all within the same year. Alia was to present herself on the silver screen with similar consistency in 2020 with 'Gangubai Kathiawadi', 'Sadak 2' and 'Brahmastra' -- the production of latter two had to be stalled because of coronavirus crisis.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma