Top 20 Bollywood Gangster Movies of the era

The guns are blazing and the gangs are all set to unleash mayhem. With the release of the  bollywood gangster movie ” shoot out at wadala”  we are taking a look back at some of the best gangster films in the recent history of Bollywood. Intense, brooding, violent characters, living violent lives!

India’s commercial Capital, where the incessant flow of dons has included Dawood Ibrahim, Abu Salem, Chhota Rajan and Manya Surve (shoot out at wadala), is now drawing up the gangster roster for inspiration as never before.


Shoot out at wadala (2012)

Director: Sanjay Gupta
Producers: Sanjay Gupta, Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor

Shootout at Wadala is an upcoming Bollywood action crime drama film written and directed by Sanjay Gupta. It is the sequel to 2007 film Shootout at Lokhandwala, and is based on the book Dongri to Dubai written by Hussain Zaidi.

Saheb bibi aur gangster (2011)

saheb bibi aur gangster bollywood crime film

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Starring : Mahi gill , Jimmy shergill, Randeep Hooda

Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster is a 2011 Bollywood romantic thriller drama film directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and starring Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill, and Randeep Hooda in lead roles

Gangs of wasseypur (2012)

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Director: Anurag Kashyap
Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious two-part film highlights the coal mafia scenario in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. Sardar Khan seeks to avenge the death of his father in a family feud, which has spanned many decades.

Agneepath (2012)

Director: Karan Malhotra
Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor

A young boy’s father is lynched before his eyes; fifteen years later he returns home for revenge.

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010)

mumbai dons and criminal movie

Director: Milan Luthria
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda, Kangana Ranaut

A smuggler rises to power in in 1970s Mumbai, a younger gangster seeks to overthrow him, and a police officer is caught in the middle. The movie, directed by Milan Luthria, draws upon a lot of real life incidents and characters in the Mumbai of 1970s when the underworld was beginning to take roots in the city’s underbelly. The film is supposed to be based on the lives of Haji Mastaan and his protege Shoaib.

Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007)

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Starring: John Abraham, Manoj Bajpai, Anil Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Kangna Ranaut, Bipasha Basu

This film starring Sanjay Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan and Vivek Oberoi drew its inspiration from the infamous shootout in Mumbai’s Lokhandwala area in the early ’90s. Sanjay Dutt played top cop, AA Khan, who was pulled up for questioning after the shootout. The gangster who was killed was Maya Dolas, played by Vivek Oberoi in this film.

SARKAR (2005)

sarkar mumbai criminal movie
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Supriya Pathak

The authority of a man, who runs a parallel government in Mumbai, is challenged. His son rises to face his enemies.

Company (2002)

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Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala, Seema Biswas

A fictional expos of the Mumbai underworld. This film tells the real story fictionalised of the rise and fall of the D-Company. It also traced the fallout of Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Rajan (played by Ajay Devgan and Vivek Oberoi respectively) and the effect it had on the Mumbai underworld.

Parinda (1989)

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Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Stars: Nana Patekar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Kamal Chopra, Suresh Oberoi

Two brothers are caught on the different sides of a gang war. Parinda is an award-winning 1989 Indian crime  film directed and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It is considered by many to be the turning point in reality in  the hind gangster flicks  of  Indian cinema

Older Bollywood student gangster flicks

Arjun (1985)

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Director: Rahul Rawail
Stars: Sunny Deol, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Kiran | See full cast and crew

Mr. Malwankar lives a small tenement in Grant Road, Bombay, with his son, Arjun, daughter, Sudha, and wife, Rukmini, who is his second wife, as his first wife passed away. Arjun is the story of a reluctant gangster  who is made due to  the poverty and bad conditions of the way the hero’s gamily is treated

Satya (1998)

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Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Stars: J.D. Chakravarthi, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Manoj

A young man named Satya (J.D Chakravarthy) comes to Mumbai from South India in search of a job. Jailed for something he did not do. Satya that brought back the genre of gangster films into fashion. Satya was Ram Gopal Varma’s first in a series of films like Company and D. It was supposed to be have been inspired by the friends-turned-foes gangster Arun Gawli and politician Mohan Rawle. Manoj Bajpai played Arun Gawli and Govind Namdeo played Mohan Rawle.

The success of current gangster flicks is an obvious reason, of course, is the success of past crime films like Satya, Company, Sarkar, Vaastav, Shootout At Lokhandwala and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai  whihc have all been box-office hits.

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“Other  releases in the Indian crime genre” are Kaminey: The Scoundrels (2009) starring shid kapoor , Vaastav: The Reality (1999) starring sanjay dutt ,  Gangster starring emran hashmi , Godmother starring shabana azmi , Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2, Zilla Ghaziabad (The film moves out of Mumbai to focus on lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh starring arshad warsi), Department , Gulabi Gang , dongri to dubai (book)

2 Responses to “Top 20 Bollywood Gangster Movies of the era”


  2. Nimra Alam says:

    There is no comparison to Shootout at Lokhandwala the best gangster movie in India ever. The villain characters were so strong, each on of them had his separate story and strong personality


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