Trust Bollywood to have foretold the future of India’s fight against black money in its own way. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on Tuesday night to demonetise Rs 100 and Rs 500 notes may have come as a surprise to many, the menace of black money has for long been one of Bollywood’s biggest money spinner.
Here we list 5 such films which had black money as their central theme.
Kala Bazaar (1989): This Anil Kapoor-starrer had a show stealer in Kader Khan who played a government servant. Khan’s character asked people for tea with certain amount of sugar, and each spoon of sugar cost a few thousands. Needless to say, his cover was eventually blown off.
Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006): Director Dibaker Banerjee’s film had a big suitcase full of currency notes. Boman Irani played Khurana in the film, a ruthless and unethical builder who gets duped of his money by a bunch of con artists. This hilarious take on corruption and administrative failure raises some important questions.
Jannat (2008): This was years before Emraan Hashmi decided to play Azhar, former India captain who was allegedly offered money by the bookies. Hashmi played a daring bookie in the film who deals in crores before falling into the enforcement directorate’s trap.
Corporate (2006): Who can make a better film on a burning social issue than Madhur Bhandarkar! He made a film on the behind-the-camera actions of the corporate world where money is the most potent weapon. Big industrialists bought each other’s key employees in Corporate. And that made us witness the transfer of suitcases from one hand to the other.
Blood Money (2012): Kunal Khemu’s meteoric career growth worried everybody other than him. He found himself at the centre of a money laundering racket before realising the intensity of the situation. Unfortunately, Blood Money couldn’t draw any blood at the box office.