Want to make films about gangsters and politicians in India? Expect threats

MUMBAI (AFP) - A movie about the life of a Mumbai mafia don comes out in Indian cinemas this week as Bollywood steps up its long-held fascination with the financial capital's criminal underworld.

Daddy, a biopic on gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, hits screens on Friday before the release later this month of a film about the infamous sister of Dawood Ibrahim, India's most wanted man.

Shooting for a third gangster movie, starring Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan, will start next year.

For Daddy director Ashim Ahluwalia, making a film about a former mafia boss currently serving life in prison for the murder of a local councillor was a little intimidating.

"It is but Gawli is an older man now, past his prime and we have made the film with his family's consent. I wouldn't have done it otherwise," he said.

"I think he feels he has done his time and that his family has suffered enough. We had to have the Gawli family's trust. And we assured them that we would not misrepresent.

"However, there are others in the film whose consent we did not have and we have thinly disguised some of them, such as a few of the politicians.

"Getting threats is an inevitable part of working on a subject like this," he added.

On Sept 22, Haseena, about the life of Ibrahim's sister Haseena Parkar, releases in India.

She became known as the "Queen of Mumbai" for her role in running his operations after he fled India following the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts.