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Bollywood’s new Bunty

Calling him a thief is an understatement. His crime records make him no less than a master of theft, if ever it is considered an art. He has over 500 cases of burglaries against him. His criminal escapades are what blockbuster movies are made of.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2008 01:00 IST
Karan Choudhury

Calling him a thief is an understatement. His crime records make him no less than a master of theft, if ever it is considered an art. He has over 500 cases of burglaries against him. His criminal escapades are what blockbuster movies are made of.

And that is all Davinder alias Bunty, the 'super thief' of Delhi, ever wanted, to be caught on reel.

Guess what? His wishes are finally coming true.

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, a soon to be released film has a character, which is partly based on his life and his criminal escapades.

Dibakar Banerjee, the director of the blockbuster hit Khosla Ka Ghosla, has directed a movie based on the life of Bunty, who is in jail after his last arrest in April 2007.

Talking to Hindustan Times, the director said, "My film is a work of fiction which is based on many such characters I have read about since childhood. Bunty is one such character."

Abhay Deol is being touted to play the role similar to the life of Bunty.

Bunty always wanted the world to know about the slickness with which he committed his crimes. Time and again he tried to contact Bollywood producers, to urge them to make a film on him. "During interrogation, he told us about his dream of a film based on him. He wanted the people to know how simple it is to get into the minds of people and how he made stealing an art," said a senior police officer.

Bunty had a fetish for all the good things in life, starting from 'collecting' fancy cars, jewellery, watches and electronic items. The police consider him a very intelligent and sharp orator. "Ten minutes with him and he can win over anyone, even animals. People think that he can hypnotise dogs, but actually he is just very nice to them and know what they like," said the officer.

The film, which will be released November 28, is based on the lives of different thieves who became famous.

But Bunty is the most famous among them all. When the police had arrested him in 2002, they had recovered goods worth Rs 5 crore from him. He once stole a diplomatic card from a bureaucrat's house with which he could have gained entry into Vigyan Bhavan and get gold jewellery from Le Meridien hotel.