Producer of Bambai Meri Jaan Farhan Akhtar: “Dawood Ibrahim or Haji Mastan are not the subject of the show.”
In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, Bambai Meri Jaan creator Rensil D’Silva and Farhan Akhtar discuss the new program.
The new online series Bambai Meri Jaan, created by Farhan Akhtar and Rensil D’silva, claims not to be about notorious criminals Dawood Ibrahim or Haji Mastan. The producers claimed that it is a brand-new, fictitious narrative based in the well-known Mumbai underworld in an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times. The sitcom is being produced by Farhan under his Excel Entertainment label, and it was created by Rensil and the director Shujaat Saudagar.
Bambai Meri Jaan stars Avinash Tiwary, Kay Kay Menon, and Saurabh Sachdeva
When asked what draws viewers to criminal dramas, Farhan said, “Interesting for sure. Understanding what causes a mind to act crime intrigues us. That is why we get the impression that we want to watch it because we want to comprehend such a person. We are interested in how that kind of mind functions.
The Focus of Bambai Meri Jaan Is Not Dawood
Rensil D’silva, the program’s creator, said, “No, it is not. The play is not about criminals Dawood Ibrahim or Haji Mastan. Not at all. Due to Hussain Zaidi’s participation in the program, it’s possible that the audience became aware of Dawood and Haji’s remarks. However, he came to Farhan and Ritesh with a made-up narrative. It came to me after they said they loved it. Every work of fiction draws inspiration from reality, but this program is entirely made up. Farhan said that the program is fictitious and not about Dawood or Haji.
Bambai Meri Jaan’s narrative has been attributed to Hussain Zaidi. He has published many books and covered the underground as a reporter for many years. Numerous of his writings, such as Class of 83 and Mafia Queens of Mumbai, have been made into movies.
Farhan said, “The greatest issue (we overcome) was, of course, the pandemic, while talking about the challenges the producers encountered while producing Bambai Meri Jaan. It was a significant obstacle for both us and everyone else. That twice put us on hold. We had two lockdowns, and even when they were lifted, there were several shooting limitations. The amount of persons that could congregate in one spot was strictly regulated. All of it was time-consuming. Were also affected by Cyclone Tauktae in 2021, and the set had to be rebuilt after it was wiped down by the storm. I must give the whole team credit for persevering with the project in the face of all those challenges.
In the film Bambai Meri Jaan, Kay Kay Menon and Avinash Tiwary portray an upright police officer and his ambitious son Dara. Kritika Kamra plays Dara’s sister Habiba in the program. Despite all the protestations, Dara’s character journey resembles Dawood, while Habiba shows overt hints of his sister Haseena Parkar.