Bambai Meri Jaan

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Bambai Meri Jaan
GenreCrime thriller
Created byRensil D'Silva
Shujaat Saudagar
Based onDongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia
Written byDialogues:
Abbas Dalal
Hussain Dalal
Screenplay byRensil D' Silva
Sameer Arora
Story byS. Hussain Zaidi
Directed byShujaat Saudagar
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
CinematographyJohn Schmidt
EditorTushar Parekh
Running time30-50 minutes
Production companyExcel Entertainment
Original release
NetworkAmazon Prime Video
Release14 September 2023 (2023-09-14)

Bambai Meri Jaan (transl. Bombay My Beloved) is a 2023 Indian Hindi-language period crime thriller television series produced under the banner of Excel Entertainment.[1] The series stars Kay Kay Menon, Avinash Tiwary, Kritika Kamra, Nivedita Bhattacharya and Amyra Dastur.[2] It was premiered on Amazon Prime Video.[3] [4]


In 1964 Bombay, Ismail Kadri, an honest police officer from Ratnagiri and a devout Muslim and family man, is tasked with exposing the criminal nexus between the gangsters: Suleiman "Haji" Maqbool, Azeem Pathaan, and Anna Rajan Mudaliar. Ismail’s honesty is challenged constantly both personally and professionally. The trio of the aforementioned criminals rule Bombay in the 1960s and early 70s. At home, Ismail tries to discipline his second son, Dara, and faces a crisis that puts his integrity and livelihood at stake. While coming close to exposing contraband being transported by Haji's driver, Sultan, and Ismail's brother-in-law, Rahim, Ismail's fellow police officer and best friend, Ahmed, is brutally killed by Rahim. Ismail not knowing about this, leaves him at the railway station to escape from Haji and his men. He is seen by two constables helping Rahim and is reported to his seniors. He is eventually fired by the police force. As Ismail struggles to make ends meet for his family, the financial strain starts to influence Dara’s worldview.

When Ismail is pushed to the breaking point, Haji tightens his grip and forces Ismail to support him in his illegal activities. Twelve years later, in 1977, the Prime Minister imposes a state of emergency and the Bombay Police arrests the criminal trio, only to be released later on. At the same time, Dara and his company, now around 20 years old, emerges as a skillful and wise street ruffian who provokes the might of the Pathans, first extorting money from the various shopkeepers in their territory, and then burning the akhada, igniting a bloody face-off. Haji convinces Ismail to bring Dara to the trio in order to convey an apology; Ismail gets surprised when Haji actually offers Dara to work with their gang. Now, Dara and his gang, including his two brothers, Sadiq and Ajju, start working for the Pathaans, much to the dismay of Bilawal and Azeem Pathaan. During one of the nights, Haji shows his confidence in Dara and advises him to play cool if he wants to rule the city one day.

On a brutal wedding night, Dara's childhood friend, Nasir, is gravely injured by Azeem Pathaan's nephews, Irfan and Yasir. Nasir's wife, Nasreen, is brutally raped and killed, with Nasir being forced to watch. He passes away in the hospital the next day in front of his and Dara's family. A traumatized Dara seeks revenge and ignites a deadly turf war against Haji and the Pathaans by slaying many of Pathaan's men and both his nephews. Haji chides Pathaan and the rest of the gang for the murders and brings Dara and his family in to take an oath by placing their hands on the Holy Quran, promising to do business together by giving Dara a 25% stake in his contraband. Very soon, Dara recognizes an opportunity to move up in the business thanks to a newly forged alliance with two leading Dubai Sheikhs, marking the birth of D-Company. The newly formed outfit innovates new ideas of smuggling gold via the Bombay Airport and succeeds. Finally, Dara starts to live a lavish lifestyle, attending parties in Dubai and investing money in various construction projects with the Sheikhs.

As Dara's empire expand, family tensions rise and a revengeful Pathaan plans to bring him down. D-Company comes under attack; Dara suffers a deadly personal blow when Sadiq and his lover are gunned and killed by Ganya Surve, who was hired by the Pathaans. With tensions escalating between the two gangs, Haji confirms with Dara that he was not behind Sadiq's death, although he gives him names of the real perpetrators. The body counts rise and the stakes rise higher. Dara enlists a fearless hitman, Chhota Babban, who eventually enters the Bombay Sessions Court and shoots Raiszada while he is in custody, creating a chaotic situation.

Dara ruthlessly pushes on to decimate Pathaan and Anna in an end-game; Anna is killed on his own turf. Pathaan is also killed by Dara's gang in a hotel room after the former undertook an unsuccessful attack on Dara's family in a hospital. An all-out gang war ensues in Bombay and the state government imposes a curfew in the city as the police too cross fired on the gangsters. To escape arrest, Dara decides to leave to Dubai, but not before encountering Haji on the way, who tells him that he has indeed become Bambai ka Baadshah. Dara tries to get his family to go with him, but Ismail remains stubborn and steadfast, opting to remain in Bombay till he dies. He leaves his family behind under the care of his younger sister, Habiba, who later arranges for the killing of the last surviving Pathaan, Haroon, in Gujarat.




Initially Angira Dhar were approached to play the female lead.[5] Later Kritika Kamra[6] and Amyra Dastur[7] along with Kay Kay Menon, Avinash Tiwary and Nivedita Bhattacharya joined the cast.[8][9]


In August 2023, the series was announced by Excel Entertainment, consisting of ten episodes for Amazon Prime Video.[10] It is based on S. Hussain Zaidi's Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia (2021).[11] Initially titled "Dongri To Dubai", later changed and launched with the title "Bambai Meri Jaan".[12] The principal photography of the series commenced during the COVID-19 pandemic.[13][14]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Bollywood Hungama[15]
The Indian Express[18]NA
India Today[19][20]NA
OTT Play[23]
The Telegraph[27]NA
Times Now[28]
The Hindu[29]NA
The Times of India[30]

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  1. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan: Avinash Tiwary and Kay Kay Menon bring the classic battle of good vs. Evil to the Prime Video series".
  2. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan: Mumbai has a new king in Kay Kay Menon's new crime drama, Farhan Akhtar shares glimpse". 28 August 2023.
  3. ^ "'Bambai Meri Jaan' gets premiere date on Prime Video". The Hindu. 28 August 2023.
  4. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan' Cast and Crew Talk Prime Video Show's 'Emotional Journey' at Global Premiere: It 'Transcends All Barriers of Language and Nationality'". Variety. 13 September 2023.
  5. ^ "Dongri to Dubai: Dawood finds Haseena at eleventh hour". 30 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Kritika Kamra to star in the web series Dongri to Dubai - EasternEye". 30 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Amyra Dastur joins cast of web series 'Dongri to Dubai', that traces life of Dawood Ibrahim". The Hindu. 21 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Kay Kay Menon, Avinash Tiwary to star in Bambai Meri Jaan". Cinema Express.
  9. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan: Kay Kay Menon, Avinash Tiwary, Kritika Kamra to Star in Crime-Thriller".
  10. ^ "Farhan Akhtar Production 'Bambai Meri Jaan' Sets Prime Video Date (EXCLUSIVE)". 28 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Excel Swims in Streaming Deals". 27 October 2021.
  12. ^ "From Majnu to Dawood".
  13. ^ "Hello Charlie, Dongri to Dubai become first Bollywood films to resume shoot". 24 July 2020.
  14. ^ "'Bambai Meri Jaan' director Shujaat Saudgar: The underworld is an exciting theme". Mid-day. 24 August 2023.
  15. ^ "Web Series Review: Bambai Meri Jaan : Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. 14 September 2023.
  16. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan review: Even Kay Kay Menon's tour de force fails to save this 'old wine in new bottle' gangster drama".
  17. ^ "Kay Kay Menon & Avinash Tiwary's Bambai Meri Jaan Review | Amazon Prime Video". Firstpost. 14 September 2023.
  18. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan review: This retelling of Dawood story has few moments of novelty". 15 September 2023.
  19. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan Review: Kay Kay Menon, Avinash Tiwary excel in gangster drama".
  20. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan review: Familiar tale about Mumbai Underworld yields great performances but little else". 15 September 2023.
  21. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan Review: The Actors Save the Day in Sporadically Gripping Underworld History".
  22. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan Review: Kay Kay Menon Steals the Show with His Great Performance". 14 September 2023.
  23. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan: Avinash Tiwary's drama is like an old wine in a new bottle".
  24. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan Episode 1 and 2 Review: Kay Kay Menon's gangster saga shows great promise with a solid start". 14 September 2023.
  25. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan Review: Gansgter Gush".
  26. ^ "'Bambai Meri Jaan' review: Hello (Yet) again, Dawood Ibrahim". 14 September 2023.
  27. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan review".
  28. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan Review: Kay Kay Menon's Honest Fight Against Mumbai Mafia Marred by Sluggish Pace".
  29. ^ Kumar, Anuj (15 September 2023). "'Bambai Meri Jaan' series review: An uneasy take on Mumbai mafia that blurs the line between the good and the evil". The Hindu.
  30. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan Season 1 Review : Kay Kay Menon and Avinash Tiwary's gangster drama is riveting but occasionally drags". The Times of India.
  31. ^ "Bambai Meri Jaan review: Kay Kay Menon is stellar in a familiar underworld tale".

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