Bollywood heroines and their underworld lovers

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  • Monica Bedi stayed with her gangster lover Abu Salem for many years and was finally deported along with him from Portugal.

  • Mandakini was rumoured to have been close to underworld down Dawood Ibrahim. Later on when the don got underground. She married and settled down.

  • Mamta Kulkarni, initially had connection with Chhota Rajan which she used to intimidate big producers like Raj Kumar Santoshi and get the roles of her choice and later she is believed to have married drug smuggler Vicky alias Vikram Goswami.

  • Small time actress Anita Ayub was very close to Dawood Ibrahim, so much so that producer Javed Siddique was shot dead some years ago by Dawood's hitmen after he refused to take Pakistani actress Anita Ayub in a Hindi film.

  • Haji Mastan was among the first don to have married a Bollywood starlet. Sona, his wife's role was assayed by Kangna Ranaut in Once upon a time in Mumbai. Sona says, Mastan was a big fan of Madhubala and married Sona because of her uncanny similarity to the late actress.

  • Bollywood hob-nobbing with the underworld is a universal secret. Even if it cost Gulshan Kumar his life and Sanjay Dutt his peace and career, the bossy underworld dons have continued their sway in the lives of several Bollwood actors including towering names like Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor and even Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan in the past. The connection of course, was not always symbiotic, and the stars often were forced to maintain it for the sake of their safety and lives.

    However, underworld dons and their love for films also extended to their lust of pretty Bollywood actresses. This made them their mentors, lovers and even husbands. Some such love stories are well known, some under the wraps. Have a look at those that remain etched in history!

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