Bollywood is known for making all types of movies, from the illogical romantic movies to the nonsensical masala films. But sometimes Bollywood make great films, movies with well-developed stories, brilliant cast, and films that are based on real events. And one of the such interesting film genre in Bollywood is the underworld, mafia films. Telling the compelling stories based on true events these films will simply keep you on the edge of your seats, and will leave your speechless.
So Let’s Take A Look At 7 Best Bollywood Movies That Are Based on Real Life Gangsters!
1. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010)
The film throws the light on the growth of underworld in Mumbai under the leadership of Haji Mastan. It shows the birth of Underworld and organized crime in Mumbai right from its earliest stages and how it got out of hands. Haji Mastan, a famous gangster who was active during the 60’s and 70’s in Mumbai. The characters took serious inspiration from the real life gangsters Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim, the dialogues are so catchy and entertaining, some scenes are over-the-top, but nonetheless it’s a must watch film for every underworld fan.
2. Company (2002)
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. How even the Mumbai film industry went into trouble after the split of the notorious gangsters and the gang disputes. The critics praised the film and performances of Ajay Devgn and Vivek Oberoi received rave reviews from everyone.
3. Black Friday (2007)
This Indian crime drama film directed by Anurag Kashyap based on a book written by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay Bombings titled as “Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts”. This film can be considered as the most accurate and realistic depiction of the 1993 bombing events. To this very day, the city of Mumbai is haunted the catastrophic 1993 blasts, the film sheds light on the reasons and motives of the characters responsible for the evil act. The film shows how Dawood and Tiger Memon conspired the serial blasts and how they brainwashed and recruited people to execute the heinous act.
4. Satya (1998)
Many people consider this film as the greatest gangster films of all time. It is the most influential gangster film in the history of Indian Cinema. It was ‘Satya’ that introduced a new genre of film making, a variation of film noir which became popularly known as the “Mumbai Noir”. Satya was a game changer in the thriller genre, even though the events depicted in the film were fictional, but the characters were inspired from real life people that RGV has encountered in his life. Some of these characters were based on people that Verma had met or heard about, some belonged to the underworld, some didn’t. Manoj Bajpai’s performance as the gangster Bhiku Mhatre made him a star overnight and Aditya Srivastava role as a Police Inspector in the film earned him the role of Senior Inspector Abhijeet in the TV series CID.
5. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
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 draws most of its story from the real life gang wars that happened in the Dhanbad however there are several differences in the film. For example the character of Faizal Khan which is portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and is based on the life of Faheem Khan dies in the film, but in actual he has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a jail in Hazaribagh.
6. Shootout at Wadala (2013)
Shootout at Wadala is based on the book titled “Dongri to Dubai” which is written by Hussain Zaidi. The film focuses on the life of gangster Manya Surve who made an impact on the Mumbai Underworld in the 80’s. Manya was sentenced to life imprisonment in Yerwada Jail for a murder that he didn’t commit. Manya Surve died in 1982 in a brutal encounter by the Maharashtra Police which was the Mumbai city’s third recorded encounter killing.
7. Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)
This film is based upon the infamous 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout. The film dramatizes the real-life gun battle between the Mumbai Police and the gangsters. Aftab Ahmed Khan, head of the ATS, along with a force of 400 armed policemen shot down the notorious gangster Maya Dolas and his gang who were hiding at the Lokhandwala Complex.
This film is based on the gangster Arun Gawli who became a politician. The plot focuses on how India’s most feared gangsters Arun Gawli made a career in the politics and his transformation, how he became ‘Daddy’.