Mumbai: Bollywood films made on underworld seldom release without courting any trouble. The latest underworld flick to be caught in a fresh storm of controversies is Milan Luthria’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’. It is believed that the film is based on late underworld don Haji Mastan, and since the filmmakers went their way without even consulting the don’s family to make the film, Sundar Shekhar Mirza (Haji Mastan’s adopted son) has sent a legal notice to Balaji Telefilms and director Milan Luthria.
If sources are to be believed, Mirza’s notice questions the production company’s rights to make a film on is father without the late don’s family’s consent. There is also a hue and cry about the project linking Mastan with Dawood Ibrahim, who has been declared a terrorist by the Indian government. So Mirza seems to be hell bent, seeking an explanation for the film made on his father.
Contacting Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria has proved futile as none of them are taking any calls over the legal notice sent by Mirza. Interestingly, in 2007, Mirza was taken to court by the late don’s daughters for misusing his name to carry out illegal activities.
About Haji Mastan, he came to Mumbai at 17 and started to work as a coolie (porter) on the docks, who later became indispensable to the political leadership of Maharashtra. Apparently, Amitabh Bachchan met Mastan to study his mannerisms for his character in Yash Chopra’s ‘Deewar’, supposedly based on the don’s life.