Though it is a well known fact that Hindi Cinema has majorly given romantic, masala entertainers and family dramas filled with loads of songs and emotion, a certain section of the industry has also experimented with movies based on underworld, mafia, films loosely based on famous Dons. One of the favourite themes of Hindi Cinema, a lot of films and characters have been directly or indirectly inspired by our country’s darker side.
1. Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai
The film depicts the growth of the Mumbai underworld, from crime and smuggling in its early stages to its connection with international terrorism in recent times. It is believed to be based on the lives of real-life gangsters Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim, portrayed by the characters Sultan and Shoaib, respectively.
2. Shootout at Lokhandwala
A.A.Khan, head of the ATS, attacked the Lokhandwala Complex on 16 November 1991, with a force of around 400 armed policemen. Dreaded gangster Maya Dolas was hiding in the complex. The leading protagonists in the film have slightly different names than their real-life counterparts and the film caption is “based on true rumors.” The film was released on 25 May 2007.
3. Shootout at Wadala
It is a sequel to the 2007 hit Shootout at Lokhandwala. The film is based on Manohar Arjun Surve popularly known as Manya Surve, was one of the dons who made an impact in the Mumbai underworld. Being a Hindu, he was denied just two years, his gang rose to such prominence that Pathans, who ruled the underworld for over two decades were also tensed about their positions.
Daddy is an upcoming Indian political crime drama film co-written and directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. The film stars Arjun Rampal, who also co-wrote the film, portraying gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli. The official teaser of the film was released on December 1, 2016. The film is yet to hit the screens in 2017.
The film included gritty and realistic “brutality and urban violence,” directly influenced the portrayal of the Mumbai underworld in 1990s.
It is a fictional exposé of the Mumbai underworld, loosely based on the Indian mafia organization D-Company, known to be run by Dawood Ibrahim. It is the second film in the Indian Gangster trilogy, and a sequel to the blockbuster Satya.
The film is a sequel to Varma’s 2002 film Company. Like its predecessor, D is based on the real-life Mumbai underworld organization, the D-Company.
8. Black Friday
The film is based on Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings.
The film is based on the life of Bombay’s underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar, who was succeeded by Haji Mastan in late 70s.