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Clash Of The Dawoods: Farhan Akhtar Versus Ram Gopal Varma



 Two leading  filmmakers  are  rushing to the streaming platform with  bio-series  on  Dawood  Ibrahim . While  Farhan  Akhtar and  Ritesh Sidhwani Excel Entertainment ’s   series is based  on  investigative journalist  author  Hussain’s Dongri To  Dubai , Ram Gopal’s Varma’s D  Company is  based entirely on his own research.

Apparently Excel’s  excursion to Dawood’s  territory began shooting before  the pandemic. No  information  is available on its progress. I asked  the author  Hussain Zaidi  and he said he had no idea of  the progress on the project.

   Says  Ram  Gopal Varma, “I honestly don’t know what they are making .I read Dongri To Dubaiwhich is very anecdotal in nature, like piecing together a number of crime columns published in newspapers .Also the subject matter of my series D Company is in the public domain .It’s the understanding and interpretation which will differ . Anyway may the best man win.”

 Incidentally these are  not the only cinematic efforts on Dawood. Nikhil Advani made D Daywhere Rishi Kapoor  played the  dreaded  gangster.

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