The foster son of underworld figure Haji Mastan has sent a notice to actor Rajinikanth over a film planned on the life of his late father. The notice, addressed to the actor’s Chennai home, was sent on Friday. It objects to the defamatory depiction of Mastan in the film as a smuggler and underworld don.
The notice was sent by Sundar Shekhar, Mastan’s foster son, who heads the Bharatiya Minorities Suraksha Mahasangh. Shekhar said he had read media reports about Rajinikanth starring in a film titled Thalaivar 161, based on Mastan’s life. Stating that he was opposed to any misrepresentation of Mastan in the movie, Shekhar asked the filmmakers to consult him. “I have no problem as long as they make a good film, but if they do not show him in good light, I will take legal action,” he said.
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.
Haji Mastan, a don based in Dongri area of Mumbai spoke Tamil fluently and was an associate of gangster Karim Lala and Varadarajan Mudaliar who were involved into smuggling and real estate business. Haji Mastan had a close contact with Bollywood film industry and also finance several films. A dreaded criminal in the eyes of law, Haji Mastan enjoyed celebrity status among poor in Mumbai.