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Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai to Raees, do movies glorify criminals and gangsters?

With Ma Anand Sheela back in the limelight, thanks to Searching for Sheela, the onus is back on the depiction of problematic people onscreen. She's not the first one to be represented like this, and certainly not the last. Following its release, Searching for Sheela has been called out. It has been sympathetic in its portrayal, and that is what has hit off the wrong nerve.

So, let's look at films that have done this before. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai was loosely based off of Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim. Meanwhile, Raees was on Abdul Lateef. Arun Gawli was portrayed in Daddy as a larger than life personality. 2002 film Company had Vivek Oberoi essaying the role of Chhota Rajan. Of course, art and cinema should not be restricted but where does one draw the line? What if the depiction itself is problematic? Do you feel movies are obsessed with crime and violence, and that is why we glorify criminals and gangsters?


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