20 September, 2020

Mumbai Noir: Business Of Fear

The book, ambitious and cinematic, unfolds as a breathless recitation of events, but without any attempt to find patterns.

Mumbai Noir: Business Of Fear
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A history of organised crime in Mumbai is rife with sociological implications. The evolving weaponry (fists, knife, gun, bomb), levels of violence (threat, maiming, murder, multiple murders, mass extermination), the types of crime (gold smuggling, drugs, real estate extortion, kidnapping, video piracy), the processes of gang formation (community, remuneration)—all these provide a fascinating view of a society in the throes of evolution.

S. Hussain Zaidi’s Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia attempts such a survey, describing the underworld from a time of relative innocence when bully gangs with knives roamed the grimy streets of India’s commercial capital, to our current brand of globalised and corporatised terror. Woven into this journey that spans the post-independence era is a biography of the most notorious figure it has spawned—Dawood Ibrahim.

An enterprising journalist whose earlier book on the 1993 Mumbai bombings was made into the searing Black Friday by filmmaker...

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