Based on the book “Mafia Queens of Mumbai”, Gangubai Kathiawadi celebrates the rise of a simple girl who had no choice but to embrace the ways of destiny and swing it in her favour.
The young Ganga runs away from her small town of Kathiawad to pursue her dreams of becoming a movie star. Betrayed by her lover and sold to a brothel, Ganga is left with no choice but to try to survive and thrive.
Over time, Ganga marks her territory and transforms into Gangubai – the matriarch of Mumbai’s infamous red-light district – Kamathipura.
She becomes a symbol for the fight against the injustices imposed on prostitutes, and makes it her mission to try and legitimise a tainted profession that dates to ancient times.
This film is showing as part of the Chiltern Film Society season. Showings are open to non-members. Seating is unreserved – simply purchase a ticket and choose your seat when you arrive.