Friday, October 17, 2014

Rani Mukherjee To Play Mumbai’s ‘Mafai Queen’

After her aggressive portrayal of a gutsy and ruthless police officer Rani Mukherjee will be now seen portraying ‘Haseena Appa’, Mumbai’s Mafi Queen, the younger sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. 

Filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia, who made ‘SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA’, has been keenly following Hasina Ibrahim Parkar for the movie’s rights. In an interview Apoorva Lakhia, said, “I was quite serious and had reached the final stages of negotiation with Ms Parkar for the rights to film her life-story.” 

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He added, “However After her sudden death in July this year the family of Hasina Appa has been persuading me to start the project but due to some legal and creative issues the movie was bit delayed. However now all issues have been settled and the movie will soon go on the floors by the end of this year.” 

Hasina Appa is a vicious name in Mumbai Underworld. She came in prominence after Dawood fled the country and Hasina Appa took charge of all the illegal activities od Dawood in Mumbai from extortion to taking commission from builders for development and redevelopment and almost no building could be constructed from South Mumbai right up to Bandra and Kurla without her assent. She would also settle disputes between parties, and her word was final. She was in constant contact with Dawood and met him several times during her trips to Dubai and Pakistan.

Interestingly she stayed at Nagpada's, Gordon House building, opposite the local police station and conducted illegal activities right under the nose of police. She had a combined two flats on the first floor into a luxurious den and moved royally in posh imported vehicles. 

Rani, who has not done any biopic yet, is quite excited to do the role. According Apoorva, “ Rani is the right choice for the role. She will do complete justice to the role. She can pull off the part with confidence and aplomb, which is why I have zeroed down on her. The only hurdle that Rani has to conquer whiles doing the role is that she will have to put some weight.”