Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of the industry. Every film he makes becomes the talk of the town. The filmmaker was working on his dream project Gangubai Kathiawadi with Alia Bhatt for quite a long time.
The film hit many roadblocks including the COVID-19 crises and lockdown. Now a true-life drama has finally ended.
It was a two-year-long journey and Bhansali made it through with main difficulties. Bhansali says and quoted by Bollywood Hungama, “We began shooting on 27 December 2019. We had to stop shooting in March 2020 due to Covid. We were supposed to release the film in October 2029. We finally wrapped up shooting last month on June 26.”
When asked about the difficulties while shooting the epic film and getting compared with cinema’s greatest including Raj Kapoor, V Shantaram, David Lean and Baz Luhrman he said, “I don’t know if it was the most difficult. Because each of my films brings its own share of agony.”
Bhansali also said, “Sometimes I feel the hurdles and obstacles are God’s ways of making me stronger as a person and filmmaker. Every time my underproduction film was attacked I used my pain and suffering as an impetus to work better. During the havoc that Covid played with the shooting schedules of Gangubai Kathiwadi, I channelized all my anxiety into giving the best possible shape to my vision. I think suffering has always been an incentive for my creativity.”