|Movie||Bambai Meri Jaan Review(Gangs of Bambai)|
35 million INR
|Producer||Ritesh Sidhwani, Kassim Jagmagia, Farhan Akhtar|
|Release Date (Theaters)||September 14, 2023 (India)|
|Distributor||Amazon Prime Video|
|Cast & Crew||Kay Kay Menon, Avinash Tiwary, amyra dastur, kritika kamra, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Jitin Gulati, Saurabh Sachdeva, jay Singh rajpoot, Aditiya Rawal, nawab shah, Sunil palwal, hussain dalal, chaitanya chopra, dinesh prabhakar, vivan bhatena, lakshya kocchar, mahadev singh lakhawat, saqib ayub|
A new Indian web series called “Bambai Meri Jaan” explores the gangster culture in Mumbai.
At one point, both Hollywood and Bollywood were fascinated by gangsters and made movies glorifying their lives.
In Bollywood, this fascination led to many gangster films, often inspired by real-life figures like Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, and Dawood Ibrahim. These films portrayed gangsters as larger-than-life figures.
Bambai Meri Jaan:
Now, in 2022, a new 10-episode web series titled “Bambai Meri Jaan” is attempting to revisit this genre.
The series is produced by Excel Entertainment and directed by Shujaat Saudagar.
It has a substantial budget and is based on the book “Dongri To Dubai” by S Hussain Zaidi, a prolific writer on the Mumbai underworld.
The series is set in the 1980s and revolves around Ismail Kadri (played by Kay Kay Menon), an honest cop and a father of three criminal sons and a strong-willed daughter.
The story mainly focuses on Dara (played by Avinash Tiwary), a charismatic gangster figure.
Although the names and some facts are changed, it’s clear who the real-life counterparts of these characters are.
Dara’s character is portrayed as fearless and cunning from a young age.
As he grows up, he challenges and takes control of the underworld, with the ambition to dominate the city’s criminal landscape.
Ismail Kadri is assigned to combat gang activities, and he reluctantly works with Haji Maqbool (played by Saurabh Sachdeva) to save his sons from a life of crime.
The story unfolds with violence, massacres, and brutal scenes, capturing the ruthless nature of the underworld.
Performance and Production:
The performances in the series are praised, with Kay Kay Menon as the morally conflicted cop and Avinash Tiwary as the charismatic gangster standing out.
The show also touches on the family dynamics of the gangsters, including Dara’s relationship with his sister, Habiba (Kritika Kamra).
The series is visually impressive, with attention to period details, but it focuses more on violence than on understanding the socio-economic and political factors that gave rise to these gangs.
It portrays gruesome acts of violence, making it unsuitable for all audiences. However, the performances of the cast are well-received.
The series hints at the possibility of future seasons, and it introduces another prominent gangster character, Chhota Babban (played by Aditya Rawal), suggesting that the story will continue.
Interestingly, the show deviates from real-life events by giving different endings to the three major gangsters. In reality, they all died of natural causes, which the show doesn’t portray.
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