Why A to D
The "nexus" between Bollywood and the Underworld dates back to the Eighties and perhaps even before that.
It's no secret that a majority of top film starts, producers and directors were at the beck and call of the "D" Company, the same terror factory whose products' involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts saw hundreds of innocent civilians dropping dead.
With cricket too having fallen victim to the lure of bad money, the crime lords have imparted into it, it made sense to call our Special Coverage, chiefly involving the aftermath of Mumbai blasts and two of their main protagonists Dawood Ibrahim and Abu Salem, the A to D of Terror. Because, they, Abu and Don, left a trail of fear and an unholy smoke in the Bollywood and Cricket world afterwards.
The Salman tapes, as they appeared in HT, and videos shown by TV channels, went on to confirm the huge influence enjoyed by the marauders of Mumbai blasts -- Dawood Ibrahim, now the international terrorist, and Abu Salem, whose extradition may have opened a Pandora's Box -- on the Mumbai film indusry.
The "international killers'" involvement in the cricket betting and match-fixing was only a small part of their many facets. Our Full Coverage on A (read Abu Salem) to D (read the Don), may be a miniscule representation of the bigger truths, but it certainly tells of an unholy alliance between the Underworld, "C"ricket and "B"ollywood, where the dons' writ and money run large. Our ‘Special on terror’ also says that inter-linking of the three is certainly not far-fetched, as a series of events, which unfolded after Mumbai blasts, has suggested us.