The spot-fixing controversy at the ongoing T20 tournament has sent shock waves through the country’s cricket circles. On Tuesday, the Mumbai police unravelled the first Bollywood connection to the issue. But betting on sports goes way back, so much so that many movies have explored and exposed this underbelly on the big screen.
Director Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) as well as its upcoming sequel (to release this year) have dealt with the subject of betting in sports. Luthria says, “Betting is not new, and it happens all around the world. It is coincidental that around the same time when my film’s teaser is supposed to release — which shows the betting scene — such a big incident has happened. My film has just one sequence, so there is no question of changing the trailer.” He adds that even though his previous film had some scenes on betting, it did not form a major portion of the storyline. Producer Ramesh Taurani’s Race 2 also showed betting, but this was on horse races. He says, “Betting does happen, so Bollywood isn’t showing something new. Because it happens in real life, we show it in our movies, and several films have been made on it.”