Bollywood's alleged underworld links
There's a sudden surge in the rate at which Bollywood celebrities are getting threatening calls from the underworld. It reminds of a murky time not so far back in the past. Here's a look at how thoroughly the underworld has Bollywood in its grips.
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Abu Salem had apparently called music man Gulshan Kumar, demanding that he shell out Rs. 10 crores. Gulshan's refusal to do so ended tragically, when he was shot and killed 10 days later. A lot of big wigs were interrogated regarding Gulshan Kumar's death and the main accused was Nadeem Saifi. Images and information procured via Google.
Bal Thackeray claimed that three important people from the entertainment world are involved in the conspiracy to kill Gulshan Kumar. It was believed that Sajid Nadiadwala was one of them. Nadeem was allegedly being used by these three big people to settle scores with Gulshan Kumar. Images and information procured via Google.
The police grilled Sajid Nadiadwala regarding certain issues relating to the musical bash at Dubai hosted by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his cronies. Sajid had made over three trips to the Emirates' capital in recent months. Images and information procured via Google.
There are many theories for the death of Divya Bharti - the actress who 'fell' off the 5th floor. A few theories whisper that she was killed by the collaboration of her husband Sajid Nadiadwala along and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Images and information procured via Google.
Abu Salem's men shot and killed Ajit Diwani, personal secretary to Manisha Koirala. Apparently, when narco analysis, brain mapping and lie detection tests were conducted on Salem in December, he reportedly told investigators that Koirala was involved in the murder of Dewani. But obviously Manisha denied it. Images and information procured via Google.
Of course, who hasn't heard the filmy tale of small town girl Monica Bedi's tango with the underworld? In fact she made it to the films only through an alleged deal between gangster Abu Salem and producer-director Rai. Images and information procured via Google.
In Mumbai, Monica met producer Mukesh Duggal and they became an item. Things turned ugly when he started using her as a liason between him and his financers to get films on the floor. Images and information procured via Google.
It was during this time that Monica Bedi was introduced to Abu Salem. Monica Bedi claims she was misled into believing that Salem was a respected Pakistani businessman and it was much later she came to know of his real identity. (Jackie Shroff with Dawood) Images and information procured via Google.
Monica Bedi had confided in Salem about how Duggal used and abused her. Soon after this Duggal was shot and killed by Salem. (Anu Malik was also a victim of the underworld's bullying) Images and information procured via Google.
Knowingly or not, Monica Bedi was now involved with a gangster who was wanted for the 1993 blasts that rocked Mumbai. She was neck deep in crime and figured the only way to escape would be to change her religion and marry Abu Salem. (Comedian Mehmood and Asrani had deep connects with the underworld) Images and information procured via Google.
Shahrukh Khan has received threats from the Underworld several times and the dons have pretty much dictated his choice of films. In an interview to TOI, SRK said that when he refused to do Nazim Rizvi's film to be produced by Bharat Shah, he was threatened by Chota Shakeel. Images and information procured via Google.
SRK said, "I was scared and told Shakeel that I would first listen to the story and decide." SRK added that he used to receive threatening calls on his mobile from Abu Salem forcing him to work in his movie. Shakeel also called twice to work with a girl called Nagma. Images and information procured via Google.
Nazim Rizvi producer of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, was held for his links with the underworld. The portent turned out to be true when its financier, Bharat Shah, was arrested by the Crime Branch on January 8 for aiding and abetting don Chhota Shakeel's murky underworld activities. Images and information procured via Google.
The 56-year-old diamond merchant was booked under MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) on the basis of a couple of tape recordings of telephonic conversations with Shakeel. Images and information procured via Google.
Not fearing the consequences, Preity claimed to have received threatening calls during the Bharat Shah case. She was the only actor who supported the prosecution in the case. All other stars including SRK and Salman, turned hostile and retracted their earlier statements. Images and information procured via Google.
Mahesh Manjrekar, film director and key witness in the case of alleged nexus of Bollywood with underworld, turned hostile while denying his alleged links with Pakistan-based gangster Chhota Shakeel but identified Bharat Shah as a film financier. Images and information procured via Google.
Earlier, Mahesh Manjrekar had told police that he had talked to Shakeel from Taj hotel in Nasik in the company of actor Sanjay Dutt, film makers Sanjay Gupta and Harish Sughand. (Johnny Lever too performed at Dawood's part) Images and information procured via Google.
In fact, a cassette was played in the court in regard to the alleged conversation between him, Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Gupta and Harish Sughand on one side and Shakeel on the other side. But Manjrekar had only one thing to say - "I do not remember". (Dilip Kumar with Haji Ali) Images and information procured via Google.
In 1993, when Kalnayak released, instead of basking in the glory of its success, Bollywood's promising Sanjay Dutt was being arrested under TADA, after the actor accepted his possession of an AK-56 and of aiding the underworld in the Mumbai blasts. Images and information procured via Google.