Haji Mastan

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Haji Mastan
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Haji Mastan
Born Mastan Haider Mirza
(1926-03-01)1 March 1926
panaikulam, Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu, British India
Died 1994 (aged 67–68)[1]
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Tamil
Occupation Film Financier, Film Producer, Film Distributor, Filmmaker, Politician, Smuggler, Celebrity Gangster
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) sona
Children Akhtar, Nasir, Nadir

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.[2] 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 1975 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.


  1. ^ Deeptiman Tiwary; Abhijit Sathe (July 23, 2010). "The Real Haji Mastan". Mumbai Mirror. section City, p. 10. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ Bhattacharya, Chandrima S. (November 14, 2005). "Marilyn to Monica, don-showgirl relationships flourish". telegraphindia.com (Calcutta, India).