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Alia Bhatt’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’s set worth Rs 15 crore to be demolished due to losses during lockdown?
Alia Bhatt was all set to enthral the audience by playing the ultimate bone-chilling mafia Queen Gangubai Kathiawadi. But, looks like the Covid-19 lockdown has just incurred a major loss on the movie. Sanjay Leela Bhansali had built a huge set, like most of his other extravagant films, that is said to have captured the world Kamathipura at that time. The set is very expensive and then some more, as the makers have been trying hard to keep it intact.
According to a report by Pinkvilla, there is no predicting when the shoot will begin again so SLB has decided to deconstruct his set for now. A trade source told the portal, “It’s a good decision on his part because it’s still unclear if the shoot will begin anytime soon. The producers are still paying daily rent for the set to Film City. They have now calculated that even if the shoot resumes somewhere around September-October as is being discussed, it will be a more practical call to demolish the set now and create a similar one again.”
The source also added, “It would be a smaller loss compared to if they continued to keep this set. Monsoons will hit the set bad and it will anyway get destroyed. So paying regular rent is not feasible. Constructing a new set is what still seems to be a better option here. The set is huge, and reflects Kamathipura from the ’60s so it will take another Rs 12-13 crore to build it again. The remaining Rs 2 crore is the sum that the makers have lost because of the lockdown and the Coronavirus outbreak.”
‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ was set to hit the theatres on 11 September 2020 but the schedule has been changed given the lockdown due to the pandemic. The film is based on a chapter of Mafia Queens of Mumbai about Gangubai, a brothel owner and matriarch.
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