Bollywood has frequently harped upon the touchy topic of notorious underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar. While it occurs to most scriptwriters as a magnetic celluloid topic, Bollywood gleefully understands crime in terms of Mumbai underworld and relates it to the iconic figure of Dawood Ibrahim.
Plots and characters are heavily borrowed from the magnanimous figures charismatic life and his rise to notoriety. Koimoi traces the Bollywood journey of Dawood Ibrahim and zero on the films that romanticize the colossal character of Dawood.
Labelled as one of last decade’s most influential films, this was Ram Gopal Varma’s passport to success by establishing a new genre of crime thriller in Bollywood. The film did come across as a masterpiece of sorts. Starring Ajay Devgn, Vivek Oberoi, Mohanlal, Seema Biswas, Manisha Koirala in the lead roles, it was a grilling fast paced thriller. The film with its minimal dialogues was a spectacular show for its brilliant acting! Company according to most senior crime reporters was an account based on real life incidents of the split of Dawood’s D company and its impact on Hindi Film industry which thrives in the land that Ibrahim rules!
Concluding edition of Ram Gopal Varma’s Indian gangster trilogy ala the Godfather series, the film had scheduled a sequel Satya 2 which never materialized! Directed by Vishram Sawant, the film made direct references about Dawood Ibrahim and his then flourishing D company which operated mainly from Mumbai then and later moved to the Gulf in scope of greater success!
Based on the book that vividly covers the incidents of 1993 Bombay Blasts by senior journalist Hussain S Zaidi, Anurag Kashyap ventured into fame in Bollywood with this award winning epic film. The film recreated cataclysmic social turmoil that resulted in turning into rubbles, that city of India which never sleeps! The film’s style was exceedingly languid and engrossing. Dealing with the sensitive premise of Bombay Blasts being a retaliation of the Bombay Riots that occurred the same year, Dawood Ibrahim’s overpowering ghost haunts throughout the film.
Shootout at Lokhandwala
An apparent prequel to Shootout At Wadala, this one had a Dawood essence to it. Scheming up with the Police, the film excavated the instance when Dawood Ibrahim uses law to eradicate his enemies! Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi, Suneil Shetty in lead roles, this film despite having to suffer a low from critics was a appealing treat for audiences!
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Saga
Bollywood has always made room for some Dawood obeisance. This film however shows a more benevolent side of the dreaded man. Falling in love initially, the kind warm side of him gets butchered by crime and his success at it. The titular in this film is fabulously played by Actor Emraan Hashmi, who is shrewdly perfect!
Reports suggest that Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Again runs on similar Dawood-ed terrains. Akshay Kumar plays the pivotal role of the Don. Though the film is mainly fictitious, the Dawood flavor has been retained in most obvious ways!
Reports also informed that, Nikhil Advani has looped in Rishi Kapoor to play Dawood in his upcoming film. Though there is no confirmed news about it, the shadow of Dawood invariably looms large on Bollywood always.