One lady has several faces. Sometimes she is just a prostitute, sometimes she is Sardarni of the largest brothels in India. The Mumbai police knew him differently. She was a brutal gangster. Top D-Company members used to come to Gangubai Kothewali, so no news of the underworld was unknown to her.
Again she was a role model for lower caste women in Mumbai. She was the first to speak out about the prostitute has a right to a normal life. And to prostitutes, she was a symbol of a struggling woman.
Gangubai Kothewali’s life story seems to beat the movie! As a teenager, she was forced into prostitution. From there, even after becoming a prostitute in the sixties, she roamed the streets of Mumbai in a black Bentley. His life was so colorful.
Gangubai was sold in a brothel. However, there was controversy over who sold her. Some say boyfriend, some say husband. However, Gangubhai did not want to become a prostitute anyway. But this incident made her very strong mentally. And that conviction taught her to think her profession should not hurt her morale in any way.
Gangubai’s address was Kamathipura. This place in Mumbai was very famous because it was one of the largest sex villages in the history of India. Although the number has been dropped dramatically in recent years. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) estimated that there were 50,000 sex workers in 1992 but has been reduced to 500 in 2018.
This number must have been even higher in the sixties or seventies. Gangubai won the hearts of millions of sex workers. She was the mother of Kamathipura. At least for sex workers. Even today, there are posters with pictures of Gangubai on many walls in Kamathipura.
Not only did Gangu win the hearts of her co-workers, she also won the hearts of the underworld with her looks. Critics say she was a very influential broker. As a client, she had got all the brutal gangsters, so not only did the news of the criminal world come to her, but in some cases, Gangu also had the opportunity to make decisions or move from behind the scenes.
The most advantageous thing about Gangubai was her position. Whether it was called a prostitute village or not, the government was reluctant to enter that place. It was difficult for the police to go there and carry out the operation. As a result, over time, the place became popular as a sanctuary for gangsters or a place to escape. Many people used to stock up arms and ammunition there relying on Gangu. Due to this, Gangubhai also enjoyed the status of gang empress.
Even after becoming the leader of prostitutes, Gangu also got a chance to enjoy political power. He once met the then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. There he highlighted the problems of sex workers. The Prime Minister himself was impressed by his personality.
Although she lived in the slums of Kamathipura, she was rich enough to be the only brothel madam in the 60s to own a black Bentley.
Not much is known about Gangubhai. However, the chances of knowing were increasing. Because in Bollywood, work has started on his biopic. The producer himself was Sanjay Leela Bansali. Alia Bhatt is the central character in this film. Will be released in 2021. So let’s wait until then.