Bollywood’s connection with underworld is not limited to the production of films based on real-life dons, it goes much deeper. A keener look will reveal that B-town hides the shady connections with underworld under its glitz and glamour. Until the 1990s, many films were financed by the underworld dons. No wonder they attracted lots of attention including the beauties of Bollywood. Here are stories of 5 divas and how they became girlfriends of notorious personalities of the underworld.
1. Vicky Goswami and Mamta Kulkarni
She was one among the most sensual actresses of the 90s. After meeting drug lord Vicky Goswami she decided to start a new chapter of life by running away with him and later getting married. Eventually, Vikram was arrested for money laundering and drug dealing. However, he was later released on the grounds of being a changed human being.
2. Dawood Ibrahim and Anita Ayub
This beauty pageant winner had a scandalous affair with don Dawood Ibrahim. It was speculated that his gang members killed a director who refused to cast Anita in his film.
3. Abu Salem and Monica Bedi
Monica Bedi was an aspiring actress in Bollywood with whom Abu Salem fell in love. In order to make his girlfriend climb the ladder of success, he forced directors to cast her. Salem was the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai blast case and finally got caught in Portugal. Though she was released later, he is still behind the bars. The movie Gangster starring Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, and Shiney Ahuja is loosely based on the real-life affair of the duo.
4. Haji Mastan and Sona
He was one of the most powerful underworld dons of his time who was like a celebrity. Being a great fan of the legendary actress Madhubala, he forged a relationship with her look-alike actress Sona. They eventually tied the knot. The film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is heavily based on the life and love story of this don.
5. Dawood Ibrahim and Mandakini
Best remembered for her sensual dance under a waterfall in the movie Ram Teri Ganga Maili, it’s rumored that she had an affair with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and was one of his girlfriends. Eventually, she married Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur and settled down when the don went underground. It’s speculated that Dawood pressurized the directors to cast this actress in their movies.