Is ‘Bambai Meri Jaan’ Web Series Based On Dawood Ibrahim And Haji Mastan? Here’s What Farhan Akhtar Said

The Series Producer, Farhan Akhtar, Clarified That While The Show Delves Into The Familiar Setting Of Mumbai's Underworld

The web series “Bambai Meri Jaan” has made its debut on an OTT platform, offering viewers a glimpse into the dark and enigmatic world of the Mumbai underworld. However, fans have drawn comparisons between the series and the lives of infamous gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim or Haji Mastan. In an interview with the Indian Express, the series producer, Farhan Akhtar, clarified that while the show delves into the familiar setting of Mumbai’s underworld, it is an entirely new and fictional narrative.

Discussing the appeal of crime dramas, Farhan stated, “Intriguing for sure. We find it fascinating to understand what makes a mind behave criminally. That is the reason we feel like we want to watch it because we want to understand a person like that. We want to understand how that kind of mind works.”

When asked if “Bambai Meri Jaan” is centered around real-life gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim or Haji Mastan, show creator Rensil D’silva emphasized that it is not. He explained, “No, it is not. It is not. It (Dawood and Haji’s references) might be something that seeped into the consciousness of the audience because of Hussain Zaidi’s involvement in the show. (But) He has created a fictional story and he brought it to Farhan and Ritesh. They liked it and then it came to me. Every fiction is inspired by something real, but I can assure you this show is totally fictional.”

Farhan Akhtar echoed this sentiment, affirming that the series is not a portrayal of Dawood or Haji but is a work of fiction.

Hussain Zaidi, credited for the story of “Bambai Meri Jaan,” is known for his extensive reporting on the underworld and has authored several books on the subject. Many of his books, including “Class of 83” and “Mafia Queens of Mumbai,” have been adapted into cinematic ventures.

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