Rani Mukherjee & Vishal Bhardwaj at the boom launch of Mafia Queens of Mumbai
I am loving the side braid. Its a nice change with the saree looks she has been donning.
Television industry producer Ekta Kapoor and actress Rani Mukherjee launched the book while Filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj interacted with author and crime journalist Hussain Zaidi.
Smuggling, gun-running, drugs, terrorism — for many decades, Mumbai has lived under the shadow of the underworld. Dawood Ibrahim, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar: these are names that any Indian would recognize. Analyzed in print, immortalized on film, their lives, their gangs, their ‘businesses’ are out there for anyone who wants the information.
But, there have been women, too, who have been part of this murky side of the city, walking alongside, sometimes leading and manipulating men in the underworld to run their own illegal businesses. Here, for the first time, crime journalists S. Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges explore the lives of some of these women, and how, in cold blood, they were able to make their way up in what was certainly a man’s world.
From Kamathipura to Dongri, from assassins to molls, this is a collection that tells the stories of women who have become legends in Mumbai’s streets, lanes and back-alleys. Absorbingly told, impeccably researched, Mafia Queens of Mumbai reveals a side of Mumbai’s underworld that has never been seen before.
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