8 Criminals whose lives inspired the Bollywood Filmmakers.


Bollywood movies are a combination of different genres. Comedy, romance, thriller, horror, etc., all form a part if it. However criminals or crime, always attracted our audiences to a large extent. Hence there are a lot of movies made about criminals and their lives. This trend is not just from the 21st century, instead it was followed way before that.

1. Mr. Natwalal
He was a very famous conman, and undoubtedly an excellent one. He even sold the Taj Mahal and was sentenced to imprisonment for 113 years. However, he always managed to escape. The movie, Mr. Natwarlal, starring Big B Amitabh Bachchan is inspired on his life.

2. Putlibai
Putlibai, considered as India’s first woman dacoit, was originally Gauhar Bano, a nautch performer. Between  and ,  Putlibai was helmed as the queen of the Chambal ravines and eventually had a box-office smash made on her kills and skills in  with Jaya Mala in the title role.

3. Veerapan
Almost everybody knows Veerapan, a sandlewood smuggler who then ruled large parts of the South Indian jungles for almost 30 years. There are over five movies made which have been inspired by his life. Two of them are by Ram Gopal Verma.

4. Maya Dolas
Mahindra Dolas aka Maya Dolas was an Indian underworld gangster who used to work for Dawood Ibrahim. He was killed in an encounter in , at Lokhandwala Complex along with his accomplices. This incident inspired a movie called Shootout at Lokhandwala starring Sanjay Dutt and Vivek Oberoi playing the gangster.

5. Super chor Bunty

Ice cool and charming Devindar Singh aka Bunty ‘super chor’ carried out robbaries in different cities escaping cops easily. He was finally caught in Kerala. The Kerala court sent him to jail for 10 years. The film ‘Oye Lucky Lucky Oye’ is based on his life.

6. Manya Surve

Manohar Surve, a young man, fresh out of Kirti College got implicated in a murder that he did not commit and was sentenced to life in Yerwada jail. Prison life helped him form a gang and they helped him stand against the most powerful underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim. He was killed in an encounter and ‘Shootout at Wadala’ is the film by Sanjay Gupta on Manya Surve’s life.

7. Raman Raghav

Raman Raghav was a serial killer who used to prey on the slums of Mumbai and  confessed about killing 41 people. Three full length films are inspired by him which includes Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0.

8. Charles Sobhraj
Charles was often referred as Bikini Killer, who used to target foreign tourists in India, Nepal and South East Asia. He is now serving a life sentence in Nepal. There is a Bollywood movie made on him called ‘Mai aur Charles’ in .



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