The Supreme Court dismissed a plea by Babu Ravji Shah and has decided that the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s new film Gangubai Kathiawadi will release as scheduled. Babu Ravji Shah, who claims to be the adopted son of the real Gangubai, claiming that the film is defamatory- the Supreme Court upheld the Bombay High Court’s ruling that Mr Shah could not prove he was really the late Gangubai’s adopted son.
Mr Bhansali’s lawyers also told the Supreme Court that a name change, as suggested by the court yesterday, was not possible.
Gangubai Kathaiwadi is based on the real-life sex worker who rose to political prominence in the neighbourhood of Kamathipura in Mumbai. Gangubai Kathiawadi is adapted from Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai and stars Alia Bhatt in the title role.