Yesteryear actress Mamta Kulkarni allegedly married 52-year old narcotics smuggler Vicky Goswami, who was jailed in Dubai after an arrest for drug trafficking in 1997. A prisoner can apply for early release in Dubai by converting to Islam. Vicky converted and also married Mamta according to Islamic rites while in jail. He thus got pardoned thanks to being a devout Muslim and a reformed criminal. He returned to India in 2012, and flew to Kenya thereon. His faithful aide and wife Mamta also took care of all his affairs, including a hotel in Dubai, until she handed over the reins to her now free husband.
Bollywood has had divas aplenty who fell for the bad guy in real life. Read on for other actresses who stole the hearts of true gangsters.
Actress Mandakini is among the most celebrated molls in the list, but it's a title she vehemently opposed. The 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili' actress was rumoured to be dating either the ruthless Dawood Ibrahim, or his brother Anees Ibrahim. Gossip also claimed that she married the don and had a son with him, moving to Dubai, the base of Dawood. A picture that went down in moll history was taken in 1994-95, with Mandikini standing by Dawood's side at the Sharjah cricket stadium. But the former actress later came on record to deny all allegations. She said they met and chatted, thanks to her shows abroad, but the buck stopped there. She married a former Buddhist monk, Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur (who was famous as the Murphy baby) in 1990. She lost a son, Rabbil, in a tragic road accident in 2000 and has a daughter named Rabze Innaya Thakur.
Dawood was as fascinated by B-town, as it was with him. Besides Mandakini, Pakistani small time actress Anita Ayub was said to enjoy the favour of the dreaded criminal. The story goes that producer Javed Siddique once refused to take Ayub in his Hindi film. He was later shot dead by Dawood's men.
Actress Monica Bedi is among the few actresses who came clean about her affair with a gangster. She was arrested with the underworld don Abu Salem, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai blast case, in Portugal in 2002. They were extradited together in 2005. She later spent a few months in jail, and made a surprise comeback on the reality show Bigg Boss. But in an interview with Showtime magazine, Monica explained how she fell for Arsalan Ali, an alias often used by Abu Salem. He contacted her first to feature in a show he meant to organize. She also alleged that once he told her his real identity, he didn't let her leave him, fearing for their freedom. She also tried to escape twice. Finally they were arrested and extradited. But when the two dated, Salem called the shots in Bedi's career too. In 1997, film producer Rajiv Rai was shot at by Abu Salem gangsters. Police called it a case of extortion. But Rai later signed Monica Bedi for 'Pyaar, Ishq Aur Mohabbat', in a striking coincidence. In twisting reel and real, in her debut film 'Gangster', Kangana Ranaut played Shiney Ahuja's love interest. The film directed by Anurag Basu was allegedly based on the life of Abu Salem and Monica Bedi.
Smuggler Haji Mastan was allegedly a man who never dipped his fingers in blood, using hired help to do the dirty jobs. But his lesser known first was marrying a film actress. A lookalike of yesteryears' beauty, Madhubala, Haji Mastan fell for Sona aka Heena Kauser, and even financed a few films for her. He began seeing her when he was married to Suprabhi, from whom he had three daughters. After Suprabhi died, he wed Sona in 1984. His Shakeel Productions made films like 'Khwaja Ki Diwani' and 'Noor-e-Elahi' with Sona. But the actress and the films sank into oblivion. After the gangster's death, the actress was involved in a property dispute with his family as well. Milan Luthria's film 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbai' is said to be based on the life of this underworld don of the 1960s.