Gangubai Kathiawadi, also known as Madam of Kamathipura, was the owner of several brothels back in the 1960s. She is one of the most powerful women to have ever existed in Mumbai and many walls in Kamathipura still have her pictures hung. As per reports, Gangubai used to take very good care of the girls working in her brothel and having being forced into prostitution herself, never kept anyone there without consent. Born in Kathiawad, Gujarat, Ganugubai was originally named Ganga Harjivandas. Some reports also claim that she wanted to become an actress when she was a child. She met her lover, Ramnik Lal, in college, who used to work as her father’s acountant. Watch Gangubai’s journey here.