Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt as the titular character hit the big screens yesterday. While the film is working wonders at the box office, before its release many were sceptical about it, its casting and more, including actress Kangana Ranaut.
In an unexpected move, Kangana Ranaut dropped a cryptic post on Instagram on Saturday (Feb 26) praising Alia Bhatt’s magnum opus ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Even though she didn’t mention the film, she did hint at it in her post. She credited the film to improving the condition of pandemic-struck theatres and bringing people back to the big screens.
She wrote, “Happy to hear theatres are being revived in South film industry with record breaking collections. I hear some baby steps are being taken in Hindi belt also. With recent female centric film which has a big hero and a super star director. They may be baby steps but they are not insignificant. They will be crucial for theatres which are on ventilators here. Great.”
Kangana Ranaut’s positive words for Alia Bhatt-led Gangubai Kathiawadi comes less than a week after the former predicted its failure at the box office. The Tanu Weds Manu actress had taken to her Instagram stories last weekend and wrote, “This Friday 200 crores will be burnt to ashes at the box office… For a papa (movie mafia daddy) ki Pari (who likes to keep a British passport). Because Papa wants to prove that romcom bimbo can act… biggest drawback of the film is wrong casting…” She also added, “No wonders screens are going to South and Hollywood films. Bollywood is destined to doom jab tak movie mafia has power.”
Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi released in theatres on Feb 25 and has been receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike. B-Town has also showered praise on Alia’s career-defining performance and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s amazing direction.
The box office collection for the film’s first day was also no less than phenomenal. According to Boxofficeindia.com, the film is opened at 10 crores on the first day and the first-day collection in Mumbai could reach up to Ranveer Singh’s ’83’s collection.
By line: Divya Thearia