The nation as a whole was astounded when it was revealed not long ago that Lawrence Bishnoi, a member of the criminal underworld, had his sights set on Salman Khan. However, this is not the first time that the glitzy world of Bollywood and the criminal underworld have come into contact with one another. Here are several instances in which people in Bollywood and the criminal underworld got dangerously near to one another, including being threatened, shot, and romantically linked.
1. Rakesh Roshan’s shooting
In the year 2000, Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik Roshan’s father, said that he would not pay the feared don Ali Baba Budesh a portion of the proceeds from the film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. As a result of the fact that he did not comply with the extortion demands, the individuals working for Budesh shot him in the chest and the arm when he was in the vicinity of his workplace. Think about the fact that the mafia was able to get through despite though they were such a famous name and even though they had protection.
2. Sanjay Dutt 1993 case
How can we forget Sanjay Dutt and his connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts? It is said that close friends of Dawood, such as Abu Salem, visited Sanjay and kept firearms at his house. How can we forget Sanjay Dutt and his involvement with the 1993 Mumbai blasts?
3. Mandakini and Dawood Ibrahim
It has been said that the renowned actress Mandakini had an affair with the don. According to a number of different accounts, the D Company, which was responsible for financing a significant number of Bollywood movies, used its power to put her in movies.
4. Monica Bedi and Abu Salem
Abu Salem, a well-known member of the criminal underworld, was linked to the aspiring actress Monica Bedi. According to a number of different accounts, he used to coerce a significant number of filmmakers into using her in their films. Following their arrest, they have gone their own ways, with Salem now being held in custody.
5. Gulshan Kumar’s brutal killing
When Gulshan Kumar, proprietor of T-Series, was found dead from a gunshot wound in broad daylight in 1997, the whole nation was in a state of shock. As he was walking to the temple, members of the underworld opened fire on him and executed him in a horrible manner. The savage murder of Gulshan Kumar is one of the most blatant and high-profile strikes on the Bollywood entertainment industry. It is believed that Dawood was the one who called the hit, with Abu Salem also having a part in the event.
6. Mamta Kulkarni and Vikram Goswami
Mamta Kulkarni is a well-known Bollywood actress who has appeared in a number of films. Mamta Goswami and Vikram Goswami escaped to Dubai in order to conceal their identities after Mamta’s brief career in Bollywood. Vikram is accused of engaging in illegal activities including money laundering and trafficking drugs. And in the year 2021, the pair was taken into custody in Kenya.
7. Haji Mastan and Sona
It was thought that Sona looked a lot like Madhubala, which contributed to the first famous gangster of Bombay marrying her. Madhubala was Sona’s namesake. According to the information gathered from the sources, Haji had a great deal of affection for Madhubala before she passed away.
8. Dawood Ibrahim and Anita Ayub
Anita Ayub, a competitor from a beauty competition, was another woman that Dawood, a criminal mastermind, pursued romantically. After a film producer in Bollywood named Javed Siddique turned down Dawood Ibrahim’s request to cast her in one of his films in 1995, one of Dawood’s associates took his life by shooting and killing him.
9. Extortion of Bollywood directors
It has been reported by a number of credible sources that the underworld criminals Budesh and Dawood are known to extort significant sums of money from the Bollywood industry. People like Mukesh Bhatt, Boney Kapoor, and Rakesh Roshan have sometimes stated that they were threatened with terrible repercussions if they did not comply with demands for sharing revenues. These threats were made in connection with the distribution of profits.
10. Shah Rukh Khan and Chhota Shakeel
SRK, the celebrity, has publicly revealed to have spoken to the notorious criminal Chhota Shakeel when he was being threatened. According to the sources, he said that he was required to hear a tale and then make a decision on whether or not to produce a film about it. After the release of the film Happy New Year, he was also the target of death threats.