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Haseena’s real life had lots of dark secrets and shades of grey

Written by Shruti Misra

Shraddha Kapoor says essaying the role of the sister of Dawood Ibrahim  in Apoorva Lakhia-directed film Haseena- The Queen of Mumbai was emotionally challenging. Incidentally, her brother Siddhanth Kapoor plays the role of Dawood.

Shraddha dons two looks in the movie, the young lady who later becomes ‘Apa’ (a Godmother) and mother of four. The kohled eyes and sharp, authoritative look is definitely a first for Shraddha, who has been usually seen in romantic dramas. The movie was initially offered to Sonakshi Sinha, who was then shooting for Force 2.

“She was such a strong woman and I was really fascinated by her story. I was a little nervous because of it is a challenging role, but since day one Apoorva sir was like, ‘you can do it’ I loved the story, the script. Looking at his confidence, even I thought I can do it,” Shraddha said at the trailer launch event. Shraddha’s role will showcase the life of Haseena Parkar from the age of 17 to 40. And if there is one thing that Shraddha regrets about her role, it is the chance of not having met Haseena herself who passed away in 2014.

The question many people are asking is why a biopic on don’s sister? Well, Haseena’s real life is like a Bollywood thriller with lots of dark secrets and shades of grey.

From a young girl to a mother of four to the Godmother of Nagpada area across four decades is a story in itself. How her siblings left Mumbai after the 1993 bomb blasts and how she took over their legacy in crime world is worth watching. Haseena had risen to the crime world after her husband Ismail Parkar was shot dead by Arun Gawli’s gang in 1991. However, Dawood’s men took revenge by killing his murderers in the famous J.J. Hospital shootout. It is widely regarded as one of the most sensational cases in Mumbai’s gangland history.

Soon after this incident, Haseena shifted to her new den, the Gordon Hall Apartments in Nagpada from where she led the crime syndicate. She liked the house so much that it was merely broken into and occupied and even no one dared to complain. Known to be involved in almost every business in the area, she got her cut in every shady transaction that she fancied. In return, the godmother took care of her flock. Haseena used to be contacted by builders to help them get “permission” from slum dwellers to redevelop their plot under SRA schemes. Parkar also negotiated overseas rights of Bollywood films, especially films to be released in Central Russia and the Gulf countries. She was also involved in hawala rackets to send money from Middle East to India and vice versa.

Haseena Parkar was born in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra to a Marathi Muslim family. Her father Ibrahim Kaskar was a head constable in the Mumbai Police Department and her mother Amina Bi, was a housewife. Her brother Dawood Ibrahim rose to fame by running the crime syndicate D-Company in Mumbai in the 80s. Her brother was the reason their family received the limelight. Third of 12 siblings, Dawood took over the reins of Mumbai and changed the city forever. His antics finally led him to flee the country and becoming the third most wanted criminal in the world. Haseena was the seventh sibling. She followed Dawood’s footsteps of crime and illegal trades. She had 88 cases to her name appeared in court only once.

Haseena’s passport No A2745364 issued on April 5, 1997, was valid until April 6, 2007. However, on February 14, 2005, after visiting the Mumbai Crime Branch she lost her passport. When she applied for the new one, she was denied the passport due to her criminal activities and strong ties with Dawood Ibrahim. Her lawyer Shyam Keswani complained, enquiring of a reason for the cancellation of the new passport, but there was no update on what happened later. On July 6, 2014, she died after suffering a heart attack, at the age of 55.

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