Who was Gangubai Kathiawadi?
Who was Gangubai Kathiawadi ? :- Hussain Zaidi wrote about Gangubai Kathiawadi in his book Mafia Queens of Mumbai. The book was published in 2011 and on the basis of his book, the film starring Alia Bhatt is being made.
Gangubai Kathiawadi, also known as Madam of Kamathipura, was the owner of several brothels back in the 1960s. She is one of the most powerful women to have ever existed in Mumbai and many walls in Kamathipura still have her pictures hung. As per reports, Gangubai used to take very good care of the girls working in her brothel and having being forced into prostitution herself, never kept anyone there without consent.
GANGUBAI WAS BORN IN GUJARAT
Gangubai was born in Kathiawad, Gujarat and was originally named Ganga Harjivandas. Some reports also claim that she wanted to become an actress when she was a child. She met her lover, Ramnik Lal, in college, who used to work as her father’s acountant. At the age of 16, she fell in love with her father’s accountant and fled to Mumbai after marrying him. Gangubai who always wanted to become an actress and was a big fan of the likes Asha Parekh and Hema Malini couldn’t fulfill her dreams as her husband cheated on her and sold her to a brothel for Rs. 500.
According to Hussain’s book, a member of mafia don Karim Lala’s gang, raped Gangubai after which she met Karim Lala, demanded justice, and tied him a rakhi, making him her brother. Being the sister of Karim Lala, the power soon fell into the hands of Gangubai who went on to become one of the most successful female dons. Besides, she also ran a sex racket in the Hera Mandi red light area in Mumbai. Gangubai was an ardent supporter of her fellow females in the business and it is said that she never kept any girl in her brothel without their consent.
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CONNECTIONS WITH THE UNDERWORLD
The two eloped and reached Mumbai. However, Gangubai’s dream of becoming an actress was never fulfilled as she was betrayed and sold in the prostitution market by her boyfriend. Over time, a woman hardened by the adversities of life, Gangubai became a well-known name in Mumbai and owned several brothels. She had strong connections with the underworld, as they were her clients, and also had a hold over certain portions of South Mumbai. Reports claim that she was the only brothel owner to have a black Bentley at the time.
It is also reported that despite being the owner of several brothels, Gangubai had a soft spot in her heart for the girls who were forced into prostitution. Hence, she took great care of the girls working for her and never forced anybody to be a sex worker. An incident is also mentioned in several reports wherein Gangubai fought with a gangster in Mumbai after learning that he had allegedly raped a girl in her brothel.
Who was Gangubai Kathiawadi?
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