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Landmark, in association with Roli Books, recently launched the book Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia by journalist Hussain Zaidi. Dongri to Dubai is the first-ever attempt to chronicle the history of the Mumbai mafia and follows the story of a young man who went astray despite his father working in the police force. The story is about how Dawood Ibrahim, a boy from Dongri, became a don in Dubai.


S Hussain Zaidi (right) and Sanjay Gupta (left) at the book launch of Dongri to Dubai

Author of the book  S Hussain Zaidi says, “It took more than 15 years of research to complete this book. My family, colleagues and friends encouraged me while I was writing this book. It is about the journey of Dawood Ibrahim in the underworld from the very starting point of his stint as a gangster.”

The book revolves around the don’s life and how he expanded his empire throughout the six decades of Mumbai mafia when gangsters like Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Chota Rajan, Abu Salem and Dawood Ibraham were ruling the Mumbai underworld.


Book cover of Dongri to Dubai

The book launch took place at the hands of director Sanjay Gupta who is also adapting the book in the movie Shootout at Wadala. After reading a paragraph from the book Gupta said, “We had started working on the film when we got to know about this book that Hussain Zaidi was writing. I read the manuscript and was thoroughly convinced that this is the story of my film.

I really appreciate Zaidi’s efforts in compiling this book as it takes a lot of courage to write about the life of gangsters. There are a lot of things to be told about the mafia and police encounters which we have tried to show through the film and the book as well. We will be waiting for more books by the author as he depicts the harsh reality through his writings.”

Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia, S Hussain Zaidi, ` 350, Roli Books

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