Source: The Express Tribune
A leaked US cable states that Bollywood has welcomed funding from gangsters and politicians, known in India as ‘black money’, reported timesofindia.com on Wednesday. While there is no direct reference of Dawood Ibrahim, who allegedly financed a number of movies, Bollywood still has been associated with the notorious Mumbai underworld on several occasions.
An article in Time Magazine states that underworld don Abu Salem called Indian reporters and boasted that he financed Shahrukh Khan starrer Devdas – which was said to be the most expensive film of its time.
According to Time.com, Chota Shakeel, another underworld big boss, is telephone buddies with many actors, directors and producers. Shakeel – whom the local police claim they have on 71 tapes of bugged calls – has Sanjay Dutt on his speed dial, the site claims Dutt has had a past littered with drugs, a love of guns and implication in a series of Bombay blasts in 1993.
“After the government added the film industry to the list of legitimate industries, the corporatisation of Bollywood – and the wider entertainment industry – began,” the cable says.