Helmed by celebrated Hindi filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the critically and commercially successful period drama Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) is set to premiere on Netflix on April 26, the streamer announced on Wednesday.
The Hindi film, starring Alia Bhatt in the title role, hit cinemas on February 25. It did not only receive glowing reviews from critics but also set the cash registers jingling at the box office. The film ran in cinemas for over a month.
Netflix India shared the date announcement of the film’s digital release on its official Twitter page. “Dekho, dekho chaand Netflix pe aa raha hai. #GangubaiKathiawadi arrives on April 26th,” the tweet read.
According to a video shared by the streaming platform, the film will also be available in Telugu.
Following the life of Gangubai, one of the most powerful, loved, and respected madams from Kamathipura during the 1960s, the film is one of the biggest hits of the year as yet, amassing nearly Rs 130 crore at the box office.
It was the first collaboration between Bhansali, known for films such as Devdas (2002), Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018), and Bhatt.
Based on a chapter from S Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai, Gangubai Kathiawadi was backed by Bhansali Productions and Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited.
The film had its world premiere at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival in February.
Bhansali has also joined hands with Netflix for his pre-Independence set project Heeramandi, which marks his digital debut.
The upcoming series will explore stories of courtesans and the hidden cultural reality of Heera Mandi, a dazzling district, during pre-Independent India.
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