Gangster Abu Salem was sentenced to life in jail today after being convicted of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts in which 257 people were killed and over 700 seriously injured. Two others, Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan, were sentenced to death and another convict, Karimullah Khan, has been sentenced to a life term for the deadly blasts.
Underworld don Abu Salem had a Bollywood connection in the form of his ex-girlfriend Monica Bedi. Abu once claimed that he and Monica got married in a mosque in Los Angeles in November 2000, although she has denied the same.
Monica Bedi stayed with her gangster lover for many years and was finally deported along with him from Portugal. The relation ended on July 4, 2007, after she served the sentence with Salem in many countries and prisons. 5 years after being arrested with Abu Salem in Lisbon, Portugal, Monica was released in India. The couple had a scandalous affair before getting caught.
Not only Monica Bedi, their are many actresses who had an affair with underworld dons. Just have a look at these actresses.
1. Mandakini and Dawood Ibrahim
Mandakini was rumoured to have been close to underworld down Dawood Ibrahim. Later on when the don got underground. She married and settled down.
2. Mamta Kulkarni and Vikram Goswami
Former B-town actress Mamta Kulkarni enjoyed several commercial success in her career however she was time and again alleged to have Mafia Connection. There where speculations that the actress used Chhota Rajan to grab many roles in 1990s. Afterwards she got married to drug mafia Vikram Goswami. Lately the two were been caught for a small period of time for drug trafficking. She appeared in films like Tirangaa, Karan Arjun, Krantiveer, Kismat, Naseeb and China Gate, etc.
3. Anita Ayub and Dawood Ibrahim
Pakistani actress Anita Ayub didn’t managed to become a top name in the industry however she apparently managed to become a big cheese for underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Javed Siddique, who was a producer was found dead, and the reports suggested that Dawood’s men shot him as he denied casting Anita in his film.
4. Sona and Haji Mastan
Sona was a B-grade film hero, who was known for her uncanny looks that resembled to the much-famed actress Madubalal. She got married to Gangaster Haji Mastan, who was a huge fan of Madubala and consequently married the lookalike. This was the early Bollywood connect with underworld don. In the movie Once Upon a time in Mumbai actress Kangana Ranaut has apparently portrayed the character of Sona.