Perhaps, one of the movies we’re most looking forward to is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi. Why? Because it is an SLB film, stars Alia Bhatt and is about a badass pimp from Kamathipura. The shooting for the film was stalled due to the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the novel coronavirus.
With no clarity as to when the lockdown will get lifted for real, it has been reported that Bhansali has decided to demolish the brothel he had constructed for his film. India TV News reports that the set was an elaborate one constructed in Film City and made to resemble the Kamathipura of the 60s.
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“In March, Bhansali had cleared the payment for the set maintenance. Even when the shutdown was announced, the team had assumed it would delay the schedule only by a month or so. However, with the situation in Mumbai looking grim, it is unlikely that the shoots will resume soon. After a round of number-crunching, it was seen that recreating the set would probably be a cheaper alternative than keeping it standing in these uncertain circumstances, as the latter entails the daily rent that has to be paid to Film City. So, the team has decided to have the set razed to the ground,” said a source to Mid-Day.