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Thalaivar 161: Rajinikanth gets legal notice from Haji Mastan’s ‘adopted son’

Earlier, speculations were rife that Rajinikanth will be playing a gangster based on the life of Haji Mastan, who is touted to be the mentor of Dawood Ibrahim.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: May 13, 2017 11:58 am
Rajinikanth is said to play don Haji Mastan in his next.

Superstar Rajinikanth’s next film, tentatively titled, Thalaivar 161, is yet to go on the floors. But, it seems it is already raking controversy. Sundar Shaekhar, a self-proclaimed adopted son of Haji, has sent a legal notice to the Thalaivar warning him not to portray his ‘father’ in a bad light.

Earlier, speculations were rife that Rajinikanth will be playing a gangster based on the life of Haji, who is touted to be the mentor of Dawood Ibrahim. “Depicting him as smuggler and underworld don is highly unacceptable and defamatory. He was never convicted in any court for smuggling or underworld activities,” Sundar told Deccan Chronicle. However, Sundar was not against making a film on the life of Haji and he has even revealed his interest in bankrolling the film.

Mastan Haider Mirza, popularly known as Haji Mastan, was a Tamil Muslim who migrated to Mumbai when he was eight along with his father. He was an associate of gangsters Karim Lala and Varadarajan Mudaliar, who were involved in smuggling and real estate business. He also financed Bollywood films. Haji allegedly dominated the underworld scene of the city for almost 20 years. Ajay Devgan played a role based on Haji in 2010 film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai.

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Meanwhile, the makers of Thalaivar 161 are yet to confirm as to whether or not Rajinikanth will be playing a role inspired by the life of Haji. The film, which will be directed by Pa Ranjith, will be produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films and will have music from Santhosh Narayanan, who had also scored music for Rajinikanth’s last year blockbuster, Kabali. The shooting of the film is expected to begin by the end of this month even as the makers are yet to reveal the names of the full star cast and crew.

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    Palengri
    May 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    HAJI MASTAN MIRZA@Hji Mastan was in detention under MISA from 17.9.1974 to 19.12.1974 and thereafter under COFEPOSA until 23.3.1977. During the relevant time,these detentions were applicable only to smugglers.(Reference 1984 AIR 681, 1984 SCR (3))
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      NAGU
      May 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm
      Dear Sunder Shekhar , if you need money , ask Producer of the Movie directly , instead of doing in a nice way you are going Legal way , will you get success? Naagu
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        Sujatha Selvam
        May 13, 2017 at 1:28 pm
        Haji Mastan, a known smuggler, in fact the name Haji Mastan is synonymous with s m u g g l i n g . He given up s m u g g l i n g and surrendered before Jai Prakash Narayan, had general amnesty from the government. After that he never indulged in s m u g g l i n g or any illegal activities. He led a normal life. Why such a reverted to normal life person to be p o r t r a y e d in bad shape in a film today? Rajinikanth should not accept such a role at all.
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          Sujatha Selvam
          May 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm
          Haji Mastan, a known smuggler, in fact the name Haji Mastan is synonymous with smugg . He given up smugg and surrendered before Jai Prakash Narayan, had general amnesty from the government. After that he never indulged in smugg or any illegal activities. He led a normal life. Why such a reverted to normal life person to be portra in bad shape in a film today? Rajinikanth should not accept such a role at all.
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            secure
            May 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm
            Why this not producing film against criminal Narender Modi and criminal Amit shah.
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              Tanbeer alam
              May 13, 2017 at 3:01 pm
              Because every lick their Fe.t .
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                sivakumar Sivakumar
                May 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm
                Why don't you suggest to take film about Congress who looted India past 50 years.
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