03 March, 2021

Analyse This

There's nothing new about the mob romancing the film industry. It's happened wherever there's been organised crime.

Analyse This
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Mario Puzo, best-known chronicler of the mob, once said there was "no comparison" between today's mobsters and the ones from the "old school". "I detest these mob guys who became public figures because the very essence of mob power came from never being in the limelight," he said. "The old bosses never threatened, they spoke softly." Chhota Shakeel, our homegrown mobster, seems to be a mix of the old and new mob genes. In the freshly leaked intercepts, Shakeel comes across as a tongue-tied, tongue-in-cheek mobster rambling with a bunch of slovenly Bollywood eminences who crib about industry peers and badger him for free cellphone cards, clothes and plot ideas. The filmwallahs get their comeuppance once when the mobster chides them for the "muck" that is Bollywood today. You keep coming to us for money, he says, and we shell out the money, and then there is muck and more muck.

Shakeel is right. And anyway, there's nothing new about the mob romancing the film industry. It's happened wherever there's been organised crime. We all know when the chips are down the mob chips in....

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