The controversy-ridden film Once Upon A Time In Mumbai has
been finally cleared for release by the Bombay High Court. The
production houses Balaji Telefilms and Popcorn Entertainment issued
a press release yesterday, clarifying that their film is not based
on Haji Mastan and that they never stated it is based on his life.
The makers of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai issued a press
release yesterday evening after the High Court directed them to do
so, following which the court disposed of the petition.“The film is
purely work of fiction and the characters in the film are
fictional," the press release stated.
Haji Mastan"s adopted son Suleiman Mirza had earlier moved the
High Court, objecting the release of the film. Adding more fuel to
the fire, Mastan"s daughter Shamshad Supariwala sought to know why
its producers Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms and Suniel Shetty of
Popcorn Entertainment claimed in its publicity material that it was
based on the life of her father.