As 2022 comes to a close, it’s safe to say that it turned out to be quite a groundbreaking year for movies in all languages. After a long run, audiences are back in theaters, but only to enjoy quality content and a cinematic experience on the big screen, proving to actors and the entire industry that audiences are always king. Arguably the pioneer of Hindi cinema was Sanjay Leela Bhansali whose film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ became the first real hit despite all the odds being stacked against the film from the start. Also Read: Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan And Other Bollywood Celebrities Who Made Special Cameos In Southern Movies
Showing the rise of a simple Kathiawadi girl who has no choice but to accept the ways of fate and make it turn in her favor, the film was previously ridiculed for the wrong casting of Alia Bhatt as Gangubai. Also Read – Kareena Kapoor Khan-Saif Ali Khan to Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal: Bollywood Celebrities and Their Plans for New Year 2023
The film faced several obstacles and delays before its opening day due to the pandemic, opening at only 50% capacity. However, as they say, quality content finds its audience and transcends borders. People believed in the cinema of Sanjay Leela Bhansali who gave us movies like Black, Padmavat, Bajirao Mastani, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to name a few. Despite facing these obstacles, the filmmaker was confident and confident in casting Alia in the lead role and telling her story. Also Read – New Year’s Eve 2022: Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt’s Daughter Raha, Drishyam 2’s Stunning Box Office Collection And Much More – All The Good And Positive Things Seen In Bollywood This Year
The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and received critical acclaim from moviegoers across the country. In India, the film opened with a whopping double-digit number of 10.40 cr, which is unheard of for a female-oriented issue.
Gangubai Kathiawadi was a clear winner and Bollywood’s first real hit in a long time. Not only was he lauded for his nuanced performances and captivating cinematic surprises, but he also brought back the glory of full-blown commercial entertainment that brought audiences back to theaters.
Eventually, Gangubai Kathiawadi emerged as a huge commercial success earning Rs 153.69 at the domestic box office and Rs 209.77 globally, a feat made all the more remarkable given that the odds were stacked against the film.
This Bhansali production turned out to be a game-changer in the industry by bringing out a strong theme, where the content speaks for itself and rises above all odds, thanks to master Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actress star Alia Bhatt.
Often Raj Kapoor, K. Aasif brought his signature cinematography to ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ with film stalwarts like Bimal Roy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali including music, production design, cinematography, story and directing which it was hailed as the highlight of the film. , Critics referred to it as a ‘crowd-drawer’, ‘extraordinarily brilliant’ and a ‘power ballad’. Bhansali was praised for bridging craft and material, which stood out as Pakeezah for the millennium. In fact, the first bona fide Bollywood hit movie this year is Gangubai Kathiawadi.
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