Superstar Rajinikanth’s next film ‘Thalaivar 161, whose story will be based on the life and chronicles of Mumbai don Haji Mastan Mirza. It is yet to be on floors, but is 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.
In the legal notice, Sundar has asked Rajinikanth not to depict Haji Mastan as a ‘smuggler and an underworld don’.
There are speculations that Rajinikanth will play the role of the don, who lived between 1926 and 1994, in his next film with Pa Ranjith.
“I further state that you are depicting my godfather and a well-known national political leader as a ‘smuggler and underworld don’, which are highly unacceptable and I strongly oppose such misrepresentation of my godfather.” reads the notice.
He adds, “There is a huge political party behind him and all party workers are in a state of anger on such misrepresentation of him as a smuggler or underworld don and if any such attempt is made by you to produce any such film, then I shall be constrained to adopt legal proceedings and it is, needless to say, that the same shall be entirely at your risks as to costs and consequences, which please note.”
However, Sundar also writes, “If you are really interested in making films on the lifestyle of late Shri Haji Mastan, even I am interested in making a biopic on my godfather as I am a producer and a represented lifetime member of Indian Motion Picture Producer’s Association.”
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.