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Stranger than fiction

Emraan Hashmi’s Raja Natwarlal is apparently fiction, which is sad because real con men are super. Here’s a run through.

brunch Updated: Aug 30, 2014 20:23 IST
Atisha Jain
Atisha Jain
Hindustan Times
Raja Natwarlal

Emraan Hashmi’s

Raja Natwarlal

is apparently fiction, which is sad because real con men are super. Here’s a run through-


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Frank W Abagnale Jr


Portrayed in

Catch Me If You Can

(2002)



Impersonated a pilot, a doctor and a prosecutor. Cashed forged cheques worth $2.5 million – before he turned 21. He went on to work with the FBI.


Filmi line:

“An honest man has nothing to fear and I am trying not to be afraid of anything.”


Conmen who carried out a heist on 19 March 1987


Portrayed in

Special 26

(

2013)

A group of 26 people posing as tax officials raided a jewellery store in Opera House, Mumbai. They stole gold ornaments and stashed the booty in briefcases.

Filmi line:

“Logon ke pairon mein chakkar hota hai ... mere dimaag mein hai.”

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Frederic Bourdin

Inspiration for

Imposter

(2012), a documentary



Assumed about 500 false identities. Posed as a teenager and convinced his parents he was their missing son!


Filmi line:

“A new identity was a real passport, an American passport.”


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Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava
The reported inspiration for Mr Natwarlal (1979)

Dream of owning the Taj Mahal? Natwarlal sold it – several times. He escaped prison eight times. And remained elusive even in death: he died twice but could still be alive.
Filmi line: “Main apne dushman se kiye huye vaade ko bhi poora karta hoon.”

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