‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ Gets UA Certificate With Four Major Cuts, Scene With Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru Edited

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These are the edits/changes made to the movie, as per bollywood hungama:

  • An abusive word has been changed to ‘ma*arjaat’

  • 17-second dialogue and visuals were removed

  • A 43 second dialogue was deleted

  • Jawaharlal Nehru’s scene “incorporating a rose on Gangubai’s shoulder” has been changed

  • Hindi and English warnings added, each slide increased by 5 seconds

  • The producers asked for two changes to the “Thank you” list and the credits

The CBFC authorized Gangubai Kathiawadi on December 30, 2021, the report stated, adding that the film had a running time of 2 hours, 36 minutes and 51 seconds after the edits. Gangubai Kathiawadi stars Alia Bhatt as Gangubai, a young girl trafficked into sex work who becomes an advocate for sex worker rights and rises through the ranks to become the matriarch of Kamathipura.

The film is based on a chapter from “Mafia Queens of Mumbai” by Hussain Zaidi. The book features an interaction between Gangubai and former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

The excerpt reads: “She told him that if he was ready to make her Mrs. Nehru, she would be ready to give up her business for good. Nehru was taken aback and berated her for daring to talk to him like that. But a calm Gangubai smiled and said, “Don’t be angry Pradhan Mantri Ji. I just wanted to prove a point; it is always easier to preach than to practice.”

The film, which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Fest, also stars Ajay Devgn and Vijay Raaz.

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