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Before Gangubai Kathiawadi, 7 Bollywood movies that talked about prostitution

The trailer for Gangubai Kathiawadi was released today and it is highly praised by positive reviews. The film features Alia Bhatt in a key role, playing the role of Gangubai, a madam from Kamathipura’s red light district. Gangubai Kathiawadi is an upcoming Bollywood film based on prostitution, brothels and its narrative runs through the life of a young Ganga who eventually becomes the madam of the brothel. The film is also loosely based on the true story of Gangubai Kothewali from the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai. Before Gangubai Kathiawadi, Bollywood had movies that revolved around the dark side of prostitution.

From Chameli, Begum Jaan to Chandni Bar; take a look at Bollywood films that highlight the dark side of prostitution, brothels.

Chameli

The 2004 film Chameli stars Kareena Kapoor in a key role. The film explores the possibility of a friendship between a widower and a resourceful prostitute.

Chameli

Begum Jaan

The film was released in 2017 and features Vidya Balan playing the role of Begum Jaan. The film was based on Begum Jaan, who leads a brother in the villages along the Radcliffe line.

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Begum Jaan

Talash

The film stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Rani Mukerji. It is a psychological horror film that brings the lives of sex workers to life.

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Talaash

BA pass

As there are many Bollywood movies based on female prostitution, this one is another one of its kind. The film is solely based on male prostitution and stars Shilpa Shukla and Shadab Kamal.

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BA pass

Lakshmi

Lakshmi, is based on a little girl named Lakshmi who is kidnapped, sold and prostituted. The film highlights the sensitive issues surrounding human trafficking and child prostitution.

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Lakshmi

Chandni Bar

The film was directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. It featured Tabu. The actress even won a National Film Award for her powerful performance in the film.

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Chandni Bar

mandi

The film was directed by Shyam Benegal. It was a critically acclaimed film and also featured Shabana Azmi delivering a stellar performance.

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mandi

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