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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ wows audience in London

Award-winning filmmaker Bhansali has become the first Indian artist invited to speak at the world’s highest-ranked fashion and art school. 

The filmmaker launched the campaign by speaking at a special, BAFTA Masterclass on November 28 at British Cinema. Marking the first-ever masterclass the director has delivered, the full house event took place at BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre, hosted by  Rachel Dwyer British author and former professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of 

London. He attended a series of events as part of the BAFTA Awards campaign for  Gangubai Kathiawadi and also discussed his career of 25 years in the film industry with students.

Gangubai Kathiawadi’, which was released in theatres on February 25, revolves around a girl sold by a suitor into prostitution and how she becomes a prominent and celebrated figure in the underworld and Kamathipua red-light district. Gangubai Kathiawadi’ is one of the films to enter the 100-crore club this year.The film is being submitted for BAFTA members’ consideration in all categories including Best Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Leading Actress and Film Not in the English Language. 

Marking the first-ever masterclass the director has delivered, the full house event took place at BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre, hosted by Rachel Dwyer, British author and former professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London. Bhansali has become the first Indian artist invited to speak at the world’s highest-ranked fashion and art school, with former alumni including fashion designers such as the late Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Kim Jones and Stella McCartney.

Bajirao Mastani’ director also attended a red carpet screening of Gangubai Kathiawadi at The Prince Charles Cinema on November 30.  

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