Irrfan Khan, Priyanshu Chatterjee to work in film on Abu Salem

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 08, 2016 15:16 IST
Priyanshu plays Abu Salem while Irrfan is a CBI officer in Dreaded Gangster.

Irrfan Khan and Priyanshu Chatterjee are set to work together in upcoming film, Dreaded Gangster, based on the extradition of gangster Abu Salem. While Irrfan plays a CBI officer in the movie, Priyanshu essays the role of Salem in the film directed by Suvahhdan Angre.

Suvahhdan Angre has also made Aadesh-Power Of Law - focussing on special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam - and Billu Ustaad - a film on child terrorism. Both the films are slated to hit theatres this year. Speaking about his project on Salem, Angre had said earlier, “Film star ho ya gangster, Bharat ka kanoon hai hero...Aur woh kisi ko bhi nahi bakshta (The accused may be a film star or a gangster, the law of Bharat (India) is the real hero, which does not spare any one).”

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Irrfan Khan played a CBI cop in Talvar, Meghna Gulzar’s film that chronicled the Aarushu murder case. (YouTube grab)

“The film would soon hit the floors. Chatterjee is currently going though rigorous training schedules to look like Salem. Irrfan would be roped in to play the role of CBI’s top officer DIG O P Chhatwal who was instrumental in extraditing the gangster from Portugal,” Angre.

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Salem, currently lodged in Taloja jail of Navi Mumbai, is facing trials for serious crimes such as murder, extortion and terrorism, including the 1993 bomb blasts case. Along with Salem, his friend and starlet Monika Bedi was also brought from Portugal to India by CBI.

It’ll be interesting to see Priyanshu Chatterjee essay the role of Abu Salem.

The role of Bedi has not yet been finalised but efforts are on to approach actress Zarine Khan for the slot, he said. The film would highlight the strong side of the Indian law because of which the gangster, who evaded arrest earlier in criminal cases in India by escaping to foreign countries, was extradited to India to face trials, Angre said.

The movie focuses on Salem’s early days at his native place in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, his migration to Delhi in search of a job, and his relocation to Mumbai, where he joined the infamous Dawood Ibrahim gang to take up petty crimes and went on to became a notorious gangster with a gang of his own, he said.

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The film will also depict how Salem allegedly handled underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim’s crime syndicate and helped it flourish in Mumbai, besides his hold over Bollywood. “However, the main hero of the film is the CBI officer OP Chhatwal (Irrfan) who put in his best to bring back Salem to India from Portugal from where the gangster allegedly operated his underworld activities,: said Angre.

He said the movie aims to convey a message to masses that law ultimately catches up with everyone and that in India the laws are strong enough to book the offenders.

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