Be it Bollywood or Hollywood, there are a number of movies that are based on a gangster's life. There is something about a gangster's life that intrigues us. We are curious to know how they landed in that profession or how they emerged as a don and last but not the lease how they got caught or hoe they died. While there are many Bollywood movies that are based on a gangster's life, we have chosen the best of the best only.
Agneepath was an iconic film, that was
based on the underworld. The film follows the struggle of a common
man, Vijay Chauhan, as he seeks revenge from Kancha Cheena, for
wrongly framing and murdering his father in the island village of
Mandwa. In the process he befriends an underworld drug lord Rauf
Lala and falls in love with a loquacious girl, Kaali Gawde. While
the first movie was iconic, it's remake made by Karan Johar
starring Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt was
equally enthralling. This was probably the best remake movie in
Though publicized as a remake, the film borrows only the basic
plot of the original, while making the characters and incidents
completely different. The film's title was taken from a poem of the
same name by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, which forms a thematic link
through the film, both literally and metaphorically.
Another movie that left a deep imprint was Company, a 2002
Indian crime-thriller film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma.
It is a fictional expose of the Mumbai underworld, loosely based on
the Indian mafia organization D-Company, known to be run
by Dawood Ibrahim. It is the second film in the Gangster
(film series) and a sequel to the blockbuster Satya. It
was followed by a sequel, D. Film critic Rajeev Masand has
labeled it as one of the "most influential movies of the past ten
Let's take a look at the best Bollywood movies that were based
on a gangster's life.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
A clash between Sultan (a Qureishi dacoit chief) and Shahid Khan
(a Pathan who impersonates him) leads to the expulsion of Khan from
Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three
A slumdog named Chandu teams up with Malik, a low-level enforcer
for a criminal syndicate. Together they eliminate all their
enemies, becoming the most feared gangsters in Mumbai before
jealousy and anger turn them against each other.
A young man named Satya (J.D Chakravarthy) comes to Mumbai from
South India in search of a job. Jailed for something he did not
Vaastav: The Reality (1999)
Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar (Sanjay Dutt) and his best friend
Dedh Footiya (Sanjay Narvekar) struggle to find work in
Two brothers are caught on the different sides of a gang
A young boy's father is lynched before his eyes; fifteen years
later he returns home for revenge.
A young boy's quest for revenge leads him to become a gangster
as an adult, and with each day he becomes more and more like his
enemies. Can he find vengeance and redemption?
The authority of a man, who runs a parallel government in
Mumbai, is challenged. His son rises to face his enemies.
The desperate lives of two estranged twin brothers converge over
missing drugs, politics, racial prejudice, corrupt cops and an
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010)
A smuggler rises to power in in 1970s Mumbai, a younger gangster
seeks to overthrow him, and a police officer is caught in the