05 March, 2021

Glitterati

  • Madam, Interrupted

    A cutesy sailor’s cap mounted by badges and brooches; a pristine cashmere set off by the pale denim of her hot pants; a classic photographer’s pose held in frame by the intense longing in her eyes…lovers of others, you wouldn’t be blamed if you fell for the fey charm of Alia Bhat. But succumb to it at your own peril, for she’s gonna leave this garb and slip into the troubled character of Gangubai Kathiawadi—the infamous ‘madam’ of Kamathipura who once had gangsters at her beck and call. During the shooting of Gangubai, an overworked and exhausted Alia had to be hospitalised, but returned gamely to the sets the next day. It has all the makings of a gritty drama but, in the hands of the redoubtable Sanjay Leela Bhansali, one wonders what unholy, costumed excess it would turn out to be.

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