Alia Bhatt’s highly-awaited film Gangubai Kathiawadi is all set to release in theatres on February 25. The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and also stars Ajay Devgn, Shantanu Maheshwari, Jim Sarbh and Vijay Raaz. Recently, a plea was filed in Bombay High Court seeking stay on the release of the film for referencing South Mumbai’s Kamathipura as red-light area hence depicting it in a bad light. However, the Bombay HC dismissed these petitions.
The pleas filed in the court sought removal of terms Kamathipura and Kathiawadi from the film. As per reports, the plea was filed by a woman on behalf of 55 other Kamathipura residents. They allege that because of the film, women staying in the locality “will be termed as prostitutes” and “families will have to live with lowered dignity”.
On the other hand, Congress MLA Amin Patel had filed a plea asking to change the name of the film. He had alleged that the film represents Kamathipura as a red-light area while showing the Kathiawadi community in poor light. In his plea he stated, “Let the name be changed to anything else…Mayapuri or Mayanagari.”
However, the Bombay High Court dismissed both the pleas and the film will now release on its set date of February 25.