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.