Gangubai Kathiawadi Biography

Gangubai Kathiawadi Family, Husband, Age, wiki, Photos, Story, Movie, Biography and More

Gangubai Kathiawadi is an upcoming Hindi movie based on the real-life story of Gangubai Kathiawadi . Famous Indian author and former investigative journalist S. Hussain Zaidi wrote a novel called Mafia Queens of Mumbai in 2011 in which he writes about Ganga’s life.

Let’s go through personal and the professional life of Gangubai and discover some unknown facts about her.

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Bio/Wiki of Gangubai Kathiawadi

NameGangubai Kathiawadi
Real NameGanga Harjeevandas Kathiawadi
ProfessionSex Worker and Don
Famous ForDon of the 60s era in the Mumbai City
Physical Stats & More (approx)
Height in centimeters – 163 cm
in feet – 5’ 3”
Weight in kilograms – 65 kg
in pounds – 143 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourWhite

Personal Life of Gangubai

Date of Birth1939
BirthplaceKathiawar, Gujarat
Zodiac sign
Residence Mumbai
SchoolGovernment School in Kathiawar
Educational Qualification12th
Food HabitNov-veg

Relationships & More of Gangubai

Marital StatusMarried
HusbandRamnik Lal (Accountant)
Marriage Date
Marriage LocationA temple in Kathiawad

Family of Gangubai

HusbandRamnik Lal (Accountant)

Children – No

Parents – Harjeevandas Kathiawadi 

Siblings – No any

Some Lesser Known Facts About Gangubai Kathiawadi

Real Story Of Gangubai Kathiawadi

Gangubai was the only child of her parents. As she was brought up in a well-settled family, her every desire to get satisfied through her parents.

Gangubai Kathiawadi’s Birthplace – Kathiawad

Gangubai Kathiawadi’s Full Name – Ganga Harjeevandas Kathiawadi

Gangubai Kathiawadi’s Date of Birth – 1939

Gangubai Kathiawadi’s Educational Qualification – 12th from Government School in Kathiawar

Ganga’s father and brothers were very strict about her education which was unusual for rural families in 1940. 

Ganga was not interested in education, she got attracted to the Film industry and want to do acting. For this, she wants to go to Mumbai where she can get her desire.

She loved watching Hindi movies and Asha Parekh, Hema Malini, and Meena Kumari are her favorite actress from Bollywood.

gangubai kathiyawadi and Alia Bhatt

She knows that her father’s accountant Ramnik Lal had spent a few years in Mumbai. So she started to discuss her dreams with Ramnik and later fall in love with him.

Ramnik promised Ganga to get her a role in films through his contacts in Mumbai. Also, he asked her to marry him. And she agreed to marry him as she loves him and he promised her about giving a role in films.

Ganga knew that her parents will not allow marrying Ramnik and her choice of career, so Ganga accepted Ramnik’s proposal to leave her house and go to Mumbai with him.

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One day before going to Mumbai Ganga and Ramnik got married secretly in a temple in Kathiawad.

Gangubai Kathiawadi got married to Ramnik Lal at the age of 16. That time Ramnik was 28 years old.

Gangubai Kathiawadi’s Husband Name – Ramnik Lal

Gangubai Kathiawadi’s Marriage Location – A temple in Kathiawad

While leaving home Ganga took her mother’s jewelry with her as Ramnik suggested to do so.

gangubai kathiyawadi poster

After coming to Mumbai they stayed in a lodge and for the next few days, they traveled around the city with the money Ganga stolen from her house.

After all that Ramnik sold Ganga to a brothel owner named Sheela for 500rs.

Then, she forcefully became a sex worker. At that time she was just 16 years old.

She knew that her family will not accept her back and she has no other option than staying in the brothel for her lifetime.

That’s how Ganga became Gangubai.

In the brothel, she got raped and hasn’t paid by a man who was associated with Karim Lala Gang. To complain about that man Gangu went to Karim Lala where he promised to help her in this matter so Gangubai tied rakhi on Karim Lala’s hand.


Gangubai was a hardcore gambler and she used to smoke bidies.

Famous Indian author and former investigative journalist S. Hussain Zaidi wrote a novel called Mafia Queens of Mumbai in 2011 in which he writes about Ganga’s life.

After the book, the movie is also coming on Gangubai’s life. This movie will be titled as Gangubai Kathiawadi and will release on 11 September 2020.

Gangubai Kathiawadi is an upcoming biographical film. This film is written and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. 

gangubai kathiyawadi poster

2015 released Kabir Khan directed movie Phantom was also based on S. Hussain Zaidi’s book named Mumbai Avengers.

The plot of this movie revolves around a girl who was forced into prostitution but turns out to be a rebel. And she joins hands with the underworld which makes her one of the most influential women in India in the 60s.

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In this movie, Alia Bhatt will portray the character of Gangubai.

Alia was not the first choice for this movie, before Alia director Sanjay Leela Bhansali decided to cast Rani Mukhrji as Gangubai but that did not happen after that Bhansali asked Priyanka Chopra for the same role while she was filming for Bajirao Mastani but Priyanka refused that role as she had a tight schedule at that time. 

On 27th Dec 2020, Alia Bhatt announced about this movie through a Instagram Post.

gangubai kathiyawadi movie announcment

Bhansali and Alia were working together for Inshallah in which Salman Khan was in the lead role but due to some reasons director put that project on hold, as the director has Alia’s date booked he decided to put Gangubai Khathiawadi into action.

This movie will be produced under Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bhansali Productions and Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited.

Principal photography for this movie began on 27 December 2019 in Mumbai.

Details about Gangubai Kathiawadi movie

Directors – Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producers – Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Jayantilal Gada
Writer – Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Utkarshini Vashishtha
Story – Hussain Zaidi
Stars – Alia Bhatt
Music by – Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Score – Sanchit Balhara, Ankit Balhara
Cinematography – Sudeep Chatterjee
Edited by – Rajesh G. Pandey
Production company – Bhansali Productions and Pen India Limited
Distributed by – Pen Marudhar Entertainment
Release date – 11 September 2020 (India)
Country – India
Language – Hindi

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