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Bollywood to 'catch' dacoits on screen

Five real-life robbers are going to show up in an upcoming movie.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 19:11 IST

Criminals who kidnapped and killed for money in the ravines of central India will play themselves in a movie entitled

Pakad 

(The Catch) if the star gets bail, the director said on Monday.

"Five real-life dacoits (robbers) who terrorised swathes of rural India will act in the film. Shyam Jatav, who is in jail, and his lover Neelam will play the lead roles," director Krishna Mohan Mishra said.

"I'm trying for the bail of Neelam as she has turned state witness."

The film will also feature former robbers Malkhan Singh, Maan Singh and Mohar Singh who terrorised the ravines of Etawah and Chambal before surrendering to police two decades ago, Mishra said.

The script is written by the former director general of the Uttar Pradesh state police, MC Dwivedi, Mishra said.

Mishra got the idea after he saw children who had originally been kidnapped end up joining the gang, as did Jatav, the foster son of Nirbhay Gujjar. Gujjar was shot dead by police four months ago.

"Shyam Jatav told me about the working style of dacoits and how these kidnapped people are used to earn money," Mishra said.

"Then I met dreaded dacoits of previous years, Malkhan Singh and Maan Singh. I got to know why they took up arms and what were the circumstances."

Many famed directors have made films on criminals - including Sholay, a 1970s blockbuster, and Shekhar Kapurs Bandit Queen that portrayed the life of Phoolan Devi who killed upper-caste men who gang raped her.

She became a member of Parliament and was later shot dead.

Another film called Wounded, also by Mishra and based on the story of Seema Parihar who was involved in kidnapping and murder, is about to be released.

Seema, who also became a state witness, plays the lead role.