|Born||Mastan Haider Mirza
1 March 1926
panaikulam, Ramanathapuram District, British India
|Died||1994 (aged 67–68)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||Film Producer, Film Distributor, Filmmaker, Politician, Smuggler|
Mastan Haider Mirza, popularly known as Haji Mastan, Bawa or Sultan Mirza (1 March 1926 - 1994) was an Indian mobster and filmmaker. Mastan became the first celebrity gangster of the city of Bombay, expanding his clout in the film industry by giving money to directors and studios for film production. As Mastan's influence in Bollywood grew, he began to produce films himself. During the Indian Emergency (1975 - 77) he was imprisoned. Whilst in prison, he learned Hindi. Haji Mastan became a Muslim leader in 1984 and formed Dalit Muslim Surakhsha Maha Sangh in 1985, which had Doulatram Kawle as a co-operator. The 1973 film Deewaar was loosely based on Haji Mastan's life. The 2010 film "Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai" was heavily based on Mastan's life although it was not completely nonfiction.
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