We had earlier reported that actress Priyanka Chopra is all set to star in director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film which is based on Gangubai Kothewali who was one of the most feared pimps of Mumbai’s red-light district, Kamathipura. According to the Bollywood Hungama, the project had been tentatively titled, Heera Mandi.
The director had also confirmed that he is in talks with our favourite desi girl for the role. “I love the story, it’s been with me for long and I’m keen to make the film. Priyanka and I are in talks,” he had said, according to Filmfare.
Timesnownews reports that Kothewali was famously known as the ‘Madam of Kamathipura’ and that she allegedly forced many women into prostitution. However, there are others who see her as a messiah for sex workers as she fought for their protection and rights.
In his book, Mafia Queens of Bombay, Hussain Zaidi has written in great detail about her life and choices. The author also alleges that she was well connected to people in power.
Then, Filmfare had reported that according to certain sources, SLB is going ahead with Alia Bhatt for the lead role and that Kartik Aaryan has been approached to play her lover in the movie.
Now, Bollywood Hungama reports that Bhansali has reached out to theatre personalities like Manoj Joshi and Supriya Pathak to help him look for dialect coaches for Bhatt. The website further reports that the actress will have to speak in the dialect for a few portions of the film and hence, he wants her to perfect it.