Mumbai Mafia (2023) Trailer Review – Cinegenics

A new documentary film titled Mumbai Mafia: Police vs. The Underworld, which will examine a turbulent time in the 1990s. When criminals ran wild in the city of Mumbai, premiered its teaser in connection with its January 6 release on Netflix. This resulted in the creation of special police units that were basically given the power to shoot-on-sight in order to clear the city, which is home to the Bollywood industry and India’s financial centre, of violence.

The teaser includes a tonne of archival material from important occasions, such the 1993 bomb bombings, coupled with talking heads from the police officers at the heart of the conflict and other specialists. Dawood Ibrahim, a major personality from that time who is still at large today, was one of the most well-known people of the period. Ibrahim, who served as the D-Company crime syndicate’s boss, is the main suspect in the investigation into the Mumbai bombings.

The teaser claims that the cops were permitted to start shooting and ask questions later due to the circumstances. This tactic, which involved staging the deaths of alleged criminals under false pretences, became known as “encounters.” The police acquired household names as a result of this widespread practise. Which in many respects is still prevalent in India today. Soon, the police started keeping count of the number of victims they had slain, almost like it was a competition with a leader board and everything.

Speaking about the use of force by police to combat crime, “The press, TV, the human rights lot, courts… No one complained,” a voiceover in the teaser claims. In India, police brutality is generally not a problem. And the type of violence that would often prompt demonstrations in Western nations. It happens so frequently that it has, tragically, become the new normal. They have portrayed violent police officers in movies, and that the audience frequently idolises these characters as outlaws.

The 1990s also had an impact on a number of Bollywood gangster movies. Ranging from “masala” films like Company, Shootout at Lokhandwala, and Shootout at Wadala to the gritty Satya and Black Friday. The 2020 crime thriller Class of 83, which stars Bobby Deol as a veteran officer. Who trains an elite team of young policemen and gives them full freedom to clean up Mumbai. These “encounter specialists” were the main subject of this Netflix production.

Here’s the Trailer of the Documentary: 

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