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Gangsters we can't forget

October 18, 2006
Murder always looks good on screen.

Some of cinema's most memorable characters have held guns. From smoothtalking overlords to ruthless mercenaries, we have had our own share of great crime movies.

Now, as Don prepares to take on a new generation, here's looking at the most iconic Bollywood gangster films of all time:

Kismet (1943)

Ashok Kumar, cast diametrically against type. So far constrained to meek characters who toed the line, Kismet saw him as a cold, articulate scoundrel. A chain-smoking villain and a complete charmer, Kumar ushered the underworld into Bollywood. Directed by Gyan Mukherjee, the film ran for an unprecedented 187 weeks (a record eventually broken only by the 1975 Sholay) and catapulted Kumar to superstardom.

Text: Raja Sen | Design: Uday Kuckian

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