5 Bollywood movies based on real-life gangsters

  1. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai

The film is based on the lives of Mumbai underworld gangsters Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim. It shows the birth of underworld and organised crime in Mumbai, right from its earliest stages and how it got out of hands. It shows the life of Haji Mastan, a famous gangster who was active during the 60’s and 70’s in Mumbai. It stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai and Randeep Hooda.

2. Company

The film focuses on the infrastructure of the Indian Mafia organization. This film is directed by Ram Gopal Verma and is an example of parallel cinema. The film is loosely based on the relationship between the Mumbai crime lords Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan, it depicts the true events of the D-Company split. The film stars Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala, Vivek Oberoi, Ajay Devgan, and Antara Mali.

3. Black Friday

Black Friday is an Indian crime drama film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap based on Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. The film was so controversial that the Indian Censor Board did not allow it to be released in India for three years and was finally released on 9 February 2007 after Supreme Court of India allowed it following the verdict in the ’93 Bombay blast case was delivered by TADA court.

4. Satya

This film is directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Saurabh Shukla and Anurag Kashyap. It stars J. D. Chakravarthy, Manoj Bajpayee, Urmila Matondkar, Shukla and Shefali Shah in lead roles. The film follows Satya (Chakravarthy), an immigrant who comes to Mumbai looking for a job, befriends Bhiku Mhatre (Bajpayee) and is drawn into the Mumbai underworld.

5. Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur is a two-part film that focuses on the coal mafia of Dhanbad in Jharkhand and depicts the power struggles, politics and a story of vengeance between three notorious crime families. The film features an ensemble cast, with Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda and Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles.