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A masterpiece in storytelling and a film that cemented Amitabh Bachchan’s image as the angry young man, the 1975 hit Deewar is loosely based on the life of gangster Haji Mastan. The film depicts the story of two brothers who, after being abandoned by their idealistic father, struggle to survive, and eventually take up two opposing career paths – one as a smuggler and the other as a policeman.
The film, which gave Hindi cinema one of the most popular lines, “Aaj mere paas bangla hai, gaadi hai, bank balance hai, kya hai tumhare paas? Mere paas… Maa hai…,” became one of the biggest hits of the 70s.

Bollywood's underworld love affair: Eight films on real-life gangsters who terrorised Mumbai

Daddy, which is a biopic on the gangster-turned-politician, Arun Gawli, has been receiving positive reviews for its portrayal of the don, his frame of mind and the world he lives in. Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, Daddy has actor Arjun Rampal essay the role of Gawli.

Bollywood has had an ongoing love affair with the world of organised crime and the gangsters that control it. It has, thus, churned out a number of movies on India’s most notorious dons, which have gone on to become blockbusters.

We take a look at the films that have portrayed the lives of (in)famous gangsters: