New Delhi: Ram Gopal Varma is back in theatres this week with a biopic on notorious Indian bandit Veerappan. Along with glorious achievers, Bollywood has always had a fascination for the lives of those on the wrong side of the law. Here are 10 films on gangsters and outlaws.

Main Aur Charles (2015): Director Prawaal Raman’s crime drama was based on the life of serial killer Charles Sobhraj and featured Randeep Hooda in the lead. The film managed only 6 crore at the box office.

Shootout at Wadala (2013): The Sanjay Gupta film dramatized the encounter of gangster Manya Surve and featured John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Tusshar Kapoor in lead roles. It made more than 60 crore at the box office.

Special 26 (2013): The heist crime thriller directed by Neeraj Pandey was inspired by the famous 1987 Opera House case where a group posing as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers carried out an income-tax raid on a jeweller in Mumbai. The Akshay Kumar-starrer made more than 66 crore at the box office.

Paan Singh Tomar (2012): Tigmanshu Dhulia’s critically acclaimed feature was based on a real-life soldier and athlete who took to crime. Irrfan Khan plays the title role and the film earned 12 crore at the box office.

Not a Love Story (2011): The crime thriller was inspired by the gruesome murder of television executive Neeraj Grover by M.L. Jerome and Maria Susairaj. Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, it featured Mahie Gill and Deepak Dobriyal in lead roles and made about 4 crore at the box office.

Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010): Actors Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi were supposed to have played real-life dons Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim in the Milan Luthria-directed thriller that traced the rise of the Mumbai underworld. The film made 55 crore at the box office and even inspired a sequel featuring Akshay Kumar.

Gangster (2006): Anurag Basu’s flick, starring Kangana Ranaut, Emraan Hashmi and Shiney Ahuja, was supposed to be based on the love story of mobster Abu Salem and former actor Monica Bedi. The film made close to 12 crore at the box office.

Company (2002): Ram Gopal Varma’s fictional expose of the Mumbai underworld was supposed to be based on the mafia organization D-Company run by Dawood Ibrahim. Ajay Devgn and Manisha Koirala co-starred with a young Vivek Oberoi making his debut. The film managed 11 crore in box office collections.

Vaastav: The Reality (1999): Sanjay Dutt’s award-winning turn in Mahesh Manjrekar’s crime drama was said to be loosely based on the life of Mumbai gangster Chota Rajan. Followed by a sequel called Hathyar in 2002, it made more than 10 crore in box office collections.

Dayavan (1988): Feroz Khan directed Vinod Khanna in the film based on the life of Varadarajan Mudaliar, one of the most powerful mob bosses in Mumbai from the 1960s to the 1980s. A remake of Mani Ratnam’s cult classic Nayagan, the film made 3.50 crore at the box office.

All figures have been sourced from movie websites Bollywood Hungama and IBOS Network.

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