28 January, 2021

Why Bollywood Filmmakers Want To Cash In On UP Don Vikas Dubey's Dramatic Life

From the 1930s to the gangster movies of the past decade, the film industry remains obsessed with the figure of the don

K.N. Singh and Ajit
Why Bollywood Filmmakers Want To Cash In On UP Don Vikas Dubey's Dramatic Life

The slain UP gangster Vikas Dubey was an avid admirer of Hindi movies. He supposedly watched Arjun Pandit (1999), where Sunny Deol plays a dreaded gangster, more than 100 times. Don Dubey’s eventful life, leading up to his recent killing, appears to have all the masala that filmmakers would want for a movie.  Some of them have already registered different titles and are developing scripts based on his life. This is not unusual given how Bollywood has glorified dons onscreen for decades. Such movies have fascinated both filmmakers and the audience. Here’s a lowdown on how the quintessential Bollywood ganglord has evolved onscreen over the years:  

The Whistling Don

K.N. Singh was the original don of Bollywood, the badman-next-door. He, however, did not have to flex his muscles to scare the audience. One menacing look from his bulging eyes was enough to send shivers down people’s spines in theatres. Between Baghban (1938) and Kaalia (1981), he played the ‘boss’ with remarkable aplomb and chutzpah in classics...



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