There are several movies in which our Bollywood celebs play the role of a gangster. But Bollywood’s connection with the underworld is not a new thing. There were times when gangsters used to finance Bollywood movies and directors used to pay them hafta. But by the mid 90s, things changed.
Let’s have a look at Bollywood celebs who had connections with the underworld.
Mandakini and Dawood Ibrahim
The ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ actress, Mandakini is said to have had a relationship with Dawood Ibrahim. Many times both were spotted together during cricket matches. If rumours are to be believed, it is said that Dawood forced Rishi Kapoor to cast her in his next project.
Mamta Kulkarni and Chota Rajan
Mamta was said to have a relationship with Dawood’s younger brother, Chota Rajan. According to sources it was Rajan who helped her in her Bollywood debut. Later she flew off and married a drug smuggler Vicky aka Vikram Goswami. She was living anonymously with him in Dubai.
Monica Bedi and Abu Salem
Monica and Abu had an affair that lasted for years. It’s no secret that he forcd a lot of directors into casting her in their movies. They both were living together in Portugal but separated after their arrest. Monica got bail but Salem is still behind the bars.
Haji Mastan and Sona
Sona was the first Bollywood actress to marry a gangster. She married the famous underworld don, Haji Mastan. Haji had a fondness for the deceased Madhubala, and was married to Sona in a heartbeat. Haji financed and produced many of Sona’s movies.
Dawood Ibrahim and Anita Ayub
A famous Pakistani model, Anita Ayub was said to have a relationship with Dawood Ibrahim. According to reports, when producer Javed Siddique refused to cast her in a movie, he was shot dead by Dawood.
Sanjay Dutt’s 1993 case
In 2001 Sanjay Dutt was accused for keeping relation with underworld. A conversation tape between Sanjay and Chota Shakeel was also leaked in media. That’s not all. Sanjay was also arrested in 1994 by the police due connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts. It was said that close associates of Dawood, including Abu Salem, visited Sanjay and stored guns at his home.
Shahrukh Khan and Chhota Shakeel
SRK has openly admitted to speaking to gangster Chhota Shakeel, claiming he had to listen to a story and decide whether to make a film about it. Apart from this, he has also received threat calls from Abu Salem and death threats after the movie Happy New Year.
Gulshan Kumar’s brutal murder
In 1997, T-Series owner Gulshan Kumar was shot to death. He was heading to the temple when members of the underworld attacked him full of bullets. It is said that the killing was done by Dawood with Abu Salem.
Rakesh Roshan and Ali Baba Budesh
After Rakesh Roshan refused to give a share of profits from Kaho Na Pyaar Hai to dreaded don Ali Baba Budesh, Budesh’s men openly shot him in the arm and the chest while he was going to his office.
Bollywood director’s extortion
Both Budesh and Dawood are known to coerce huge amount of money from Bollywood directors. Not only Rakesh Roshan, but other directors like Mukesh Bhatt, Boney Kapoor have also admitted to receiving calls for sharing of profits, with dreadful consequences threatened if they didn’t abide by.
Apart from these, many other Bollywood celebs are also said to have connections with the underworld. Like-
Salman Khan and Dawood Ibrahim
Anil Kapoor and Dawood Ibrahim
Sunil Dutt and Haji Mastan