Ganga Harjivandas widely known as Gangubai Kathiawadi (Kothewali) was born in a Gujarati family in Kathiawad, Gujarat. She wants to become an actress since her childhood.
At the point when Gaungubai was in school, she fell head over heels in love for Ramnik Lal, her dad’s accountant, and fled with him from her home.
Obviously, they got hitched to one another and migrated to Mumbai, where Ramnik Lal (her husband) sold Gangubai into prostitution for just Rs 500.
Her life in Mumbai
The hard existence of Mumbai’s Kamathipura transformed Gangubai into an intense woman.
Her connection with Karim Lala
During that period, Kamathipura was being administered by the famous gangster, Karim Lala.
Supposedly, Gangubai was assaulted by one of the thugs of Karim Lala, after which, she went to Karim and asked him for equity. During her visit to Karim, Gangubai even tied a Rakhi to Karim Lala.
Despite the fact that Gangubai herself was a survivor of the prostitution exchange, she proceeded to get perhaps the most feared pimps of Kamathipura during the 60s. Her customers included numerous mainstream hidden world mafias and handlooms.
Despite being a brothel owner, Gangubai had a soft corner for women who were sold into prostitution. She cared for such women like a mother.
Gangubai’s fight with Gangster
Gangubai once even landed into a fight with one of the significant members of a popular gang in Mumbai for a girl who was allegedly raped by him. It is said that, she never forced any girl into prostitution.
Gangubai used to work for the betterment of the conditions of the sex workers and homeless children.
Her connection with Gangsters
She had good connections with many gangsters in Mumbai, as they were her regular clients. Gangubai was the first women to open a franchise of brothels in different cities of the country.
She even peddled drugs and was reportedly behind a number of murders taking place in Mumbai and its suburbs in the 60s.
Her connection with Jawaharlal Nehru
Gangubai once approached the then-Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, to discuss the problems faced by the sex-workers in the country. Apparently, Nehru was quite impressed with her clarity of thoughts and leadership qualities.
Reportedly, Gangubai had thrown a proposal at Jawaharlal Nehru when Nehru asked her why she had got into the brothel business when she could have got a good husband and a job.
Her life in Kamathipura
Although she lived in the poor slums of Kamathipura, Gangubai was a rich lady, and she was the only brothel owner who owned a Black Bentley in the 60s.
Gangubai was known to be the guardian of many dons as she provided them with shelters.
She used to believe that if she had offered her body for other people’s pleasure, it didn’t give anyone the right to abuse her or downgrade her dignity.
Gangubai Kathiawadi died in her house in Kamathipura due to cardiac arrest. Despite being a brothel women, her kind heart had won many admirers. Even today, her idols and photo frames decorate many walls in Kamathipura.