Sanjay Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ starring Alia Bhatt to be first film to resume shoot after lockdown

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s most anticipated film of the year ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, starring Alia Bhatt, based on a chapter of Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai about Gangubai Kothewali, the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura, has been in the news for quite a time now. Earlier there were some talks of its extravagant set had to be demolished, owning to the nation-wide lockdown. While many speculations believe that the set has been demolished in Goregaon Filmcity, Ashok Dubey, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) secretary said that the set is ‘very much there’ and most likely it will be the first film to resume shooting after the lockdown.

The FWICE secretary also said that a lot of filmmakers have kept their film sets as it is and soon will go on floors post lockdown.

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In his conversation with ET Times Dubey Said, “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 shoot with the necessary precautions, once the permission is granted by CM. Boney Kapoor ji’s film was being shot in Madh Island, his sets have been covered and he may begin shoot once the lockdown ends,”.

Ashok also took into consideration CM Uddhav Thackeray’s statement on film shoots being resumed soon. He expressed that the pandemic is not going to end soon, and people have to adapt this new way of working with necessary precautions, which they have kept in mind. And therefore, they wrote a letter to Maharastra CM requesting to start the shoot of films as soon as possible. He also mentioned that they have got permission to shoot in green, and orange zones with necessary precautions. But, because the ‘Film City’, Mumbai lies in the red zone so it will take some time to get the allowance.

It’s almost been two months since any shoot happened. This has caused a lot of economical and artistic loss. We hope the film industry resumes its work under guidelines, following instructions, with necessary precautions.