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Bollywood’s obsession with Dawood Ibrahim

Dawood Ibrahim, the gangster of Mumbai’s underworld in the 80s and 90s and the most wanted terrorist, has a great impact on Bollywood. With his trademark mustache and sunglasses, this don has inspired our filmmakers to come out with brilliant stuff on screen. This year so far, 2 films including Shootout At Wadala and D-Day have already seen his character portrayed and the third one, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara is yet to release. We bring to you the best Dawood Ibrahim depictions in Bollywood.

Akshay Kumar

Bollywood's obsession with Dawood Ibrahim - Akshay Kumar
One of the most awaited films of 2013, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobara, which is set to hit theaters this 15th August, will see Akshay Kumar portraying the character of the Mumbai mafia leader Dawood Ibrahim. Making a love triangle out of Ibrahim’s life, the sequel will see Akshay Kumar compete for the consolidation of his supremacy in the city of Mumbai. The film also stars Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in pivotal roles.

Rishi Kapoor

Bollywood's obsession with Dawood Ibrahim
After his villainous turn in Agneepath, the veteran actor is the latest to join the line of actors who have portrayed the dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim, on screen. In the film, Rishi Kapoor plays a fugitive named Goldman who works in the guise of a RAW agent. He is arrested in Pakistan and brought to India by road. The super talented actor portrayed the character with much ease. The film was directed by Nikhil Advani and also stars Arjun Rampal and Irrfan Khan in pivotal roles.

Emraan Hashmi

Bollywood's obsession with Dawood Ibrahim
Emraan depicted the character of Dawood, in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai. The actor retained that chic attitude with deliberate gestures and movements, based on the don’s formative years. He was cold, vengeful and stubborn to his mentor Mastan, played by Ajay Devgn. Emraan naturally stole the limelight with his superb and unteachable acting skills.

Sonu Sood

Bollywood's obsession with Dawood Ibrahim
Shootout at Wadala saw Sonu Sood play the most wanted don. Apparently, he was roped in by director Sanjay Gupta as the actor’s body language and physique screams Dawood Ibrahim. It is heard that the filmmaker was keen on retaining the don’s name in the film, but later changed it to Dilawar Imtiaz Kaskar. Dawood’s avatar in Shootout at Wadala was more violent in nature than what his is thought to be.

Vijay Maurya

Bollywood's obsession with Dawood Ibrahim
This is the first film to have retained the don’s name. Black Friday, directed by Anurag Kashyap is the only memorable film where actor Vijay Maurya portrayed Dawood as Dawood. Vijay looked and modeled exactly like the Dubai don, and was appreciated by one and all. The story speaks about the 1993 serial bomb blasts that took place in Mumbai.

Other films that portrayed the character of Dawwod Ibrahim are:

Ajay Devgn in Company
Randeep Hooda in D
Vinod Khanna in Risk
Vivek Oberoi in Shootout at Lokhandwaladocument.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);

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