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Five Times Bollywood Went Underground With Movies Based on Gangsters

Gangster Based Movies
Written by Rochell Pereira

A thoroughly engaging movie-watching experience is a combination of a riveting plot, some unexpected twists and turns, and some high stakes. There’s one genre that promises all of these at once, packaged together with top-notch action – gangster movies. Bollywood has, over the years, offered a substantial collection of movies based on the mafia and the underworld. So let’s take a look at some of the most iconic Bollywood movies on gangsters –

Satya (1998)

This Ram Gopal Varma film is often considered the most influential gangster film in the history of Indian Cinema. It introduced a new variation of film making which became popularly known as ‘Mumbai Noir’.

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Vaastav (1999)

One of Sanjay Dutt’s greatest performances of all time, this Mahesh Manjrekar directorial put the actor in the role of the trigger-happy, drug-sniffing, and hardened criminal Raghu.

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Black Friday (2004)

Coming from one of the most iconic Indian directors, this Anurag Kashyap film showcased the real-life going-ons behind the 1993 bomb blasts in Bombay, told through the eyes of the police, conspirators, victims, and the middlemen.

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Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

Another gangster film based on real-life events, this film took a look at the 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout – an intense gun battle between the Mumbai Police and the notorious gangster Maya Dolas and his gang.

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Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

This intense two-part film focused on the coal mafia of Dhanbad in Jharkhand. It depicted wild power struggles, messy politics and the believable story of vengeance between three notorious real-life crime families.

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