Bollywood often shows the underworld on the big screen in India. In the nineties, many such stories adorned the cinema screens with Dawn of the Underworld in the background or the attacks carried out by them.
Dawn of the Underworld, which showed the world in real life, highlights of this ‘terrorist’ were often shown on the big screen.
The stories of all the big names associated with the underworld have been watched on the silver screen by the audience with great enthusiasm.
Be it the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim or the other thugs of this criminal world, Chhota Rajan, Maya Dolce, Mania Sarva, all have been mentioned in the films. It’s hard to deny that this fantasy world is of great interest to fans.
It is often said that in the 80’s and 90’s there was a kind of underworld rule over Mumbai and its ports. The reign of the underworld over Mumbai began after the 1993 bombings.
In Bollywood films, from director Anurag Kashyap to Ram Gopal Varma, many directors have tried to portray Dawood Ibrahim’s character directly or in some other form.
Films based on Dawood Ibrahim include Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Black Friday’, Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Company’ and Nikhal Advani’s ‘D-Day’.
In ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’, Milan Lotharia has tried to show the journey of Dawood Ibrahim to grow up in the underworld. Apart from these films, Dawood Ibrahim has also been mentioned in Hasina Parker and the web series ‘Ek Thi Begum’.
The story of the 2002 film Company was based on the life of Dawood Ibrahim. The film stars Ajay Devgn in the lead role who played the role of Dawood on screen. Actor Vivek Oberoi started his career with this film.
Now, once again in 2021, famous director and producer Ram Gopal Varma is touching on the same theme with his film ‘D Company’.
The story of Dawood Ibrahim’s early life is the main theme of the film ‘D Company’.
Referring to his film ‘D Company’, Ram Gopal Varma in an exclusive interview with BBC Hindi says, ‘I am coming in front of the audience once again with’ D Company ‘. In this movie, I am once again showing gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
“My film was based on the fight between Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan in 2002 but this time it is the story of Dawood’s early life,” he said. How Dawood Ibrahim became the Dawn of Mumbai and how he started his D Company.
But why is Bollywood so anxious to show the life of Dawood Ibrahim on the big screen?
In response to this question, Ram Gopal Varma says, “Crime is something that attracts people.” If you read the newspaper or watch it on TV, people are more attracted to it. It’s like a gang or a murder mystery. “
“There is no more popular film in the world today than Godfather,” he said. People don’t like boring stories. They like movies with dark or fictional stories.
“Gangsters are not meant to be heroes”
Why is Bollywood portraying the world of crime and the lives of gangsters associated with it in a very positive way?
On this, Ram Gopal Varma says, “If you show a hero in a movie with a glass of wine or fighting, then there is no need to take it seriously.” It’s just a movie, it’s just for fun. “
“If you want to show realistic cinema, you have to show the negative side of the characters,” he says. All the characters in my films have both good and bad elements, whether they are Satya or D Company.
Ram Gopal Varma says that his aim is not to portray a gangster or a criminal as a hero.
“The director’s goal is not to make a criminal look like a hero,” he said. He is just showing a real gangster. I do this in all my films and I do the same in D Company. ‘
Why do people want to see Dawood Ibrahim on screen?
Senior film journalist Ajay Brahmatmaj mentions the role of Dawood Ibrahim in gangster films and says that Dawood Ibrahim’s name is a mystery.
“No one has seen Dawood Ibrahim’s video,” he says. This is the only picture of him that appeared in the Sharjah Stadium long ago. There are pictures of one or two parties, only they are moving around. So no one knows how Dawood Ibrahim looks.
According to Ajay Brahmmataj, Dawood Ibrahim’s criminal activities have created curiosity in people’s minds. That is why the story of Dawood Ibrahim has been shown on the screen again and again.
Ajay Brahmataj believes that Ram Gopal Varma has portrayed the underworld like the world of crime and the corporate world which creates a different kind of interest in people.
“The gangster glamor formula is now obsolete.”
However, some film experts say that such stories do not do well at the box office.
“It’s not new to talk about Dawood Ibrahim or any other gangster,” says film analyst Amod Mehra. The problem is that we lack good novelists and ideas. “
“Initially, the idea of Underworld Dawn worked, but now people want something new,” he says. If a film by a director and a producer is successful, they start making similar films and then they start making so many films that everything seems old.
Despite all this, big and famous stars show a lot of interest in playing the roles of notorious thugs and criminals in films, whether it is Shah Rukh Khan or someone else.
“If you show a sewer or a slum, maybe no one will see the movie, so movies about gangsters have to show glamor, when in fact it doesn’t,” says Amod Mehra.
He believes that the cocktail of gangster and glamor does not attract the audience as much as it used to.