Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Alia Bhatt arrived with Gangubai Kathiawadi at the box office in 2022 against all odds. Despite the 50% occupancy in the cinema halls to facing a protest, the film emerged as blockbuster of the year.
Being a female lead film, Gangubai collected around Rs 9 crore on the first day in the post-pandemic era. It crossed Rs 100 crores in around 2 weeks of its release. Gangubai Kathiawadi is not only a film that did wonders at the box office against all odds but also conquered the space of film festivals. After premiering at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival last year, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi went on to become the first bonafide Hindi-language blockbuster in 2022.
Gangubai Kathiawadi triumphs at IIFA 2023
The Alia Bhatt starrer also became a favourite at the Indian award season this year. Alia has brought the Best Actress trophy home at every award event in 2023. Even at the recently concluded 23rd IIFA awards, the film booked a phenomenal triumph by winning 5 awards.
At the IIFA 2023, Gangubai Kathiawadi won awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) for Alia Bhatt and Best Debut (Male) for Shantanu Maheshwari. Apart from that, even in the technical categories, the film won in Best Screenplay for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Utkarshini Vashishtha, Best Dialogue for Utkarshini and Prakash Kapadia and Best Cinematography for Sudeep Chatterjee.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi paved its journey through a lot of hurdles. But it successfully emerged as a national and global blockbuster. The film also ruled the box office windows. It had a massive collection of Rs 153.69 crores at the domestic box office, and Rs 209.77 crore globally.