Before Murad, Saeed Mirza’s Salim Langda Was the OG Gully Boy Dreaming of “Apna Time Aayega”

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Before Murad, Saeed Mirza’s Salim Langda Was the OG Gully Boy Dreaming of “Apna Time Aayega”

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

 

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n Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s 1989 classic Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, the protagonist Salim (Pavan Malhotra) – a cocky small-time ruffian – and his sidekicks Peera (Makrand Deshpande) and Abdul (Ashutosh Gowariker), are roughed up by a local cop. Humiliated, Abdul laments about their insignificance and lack of status but Salim remains unfazed. Peera and he allay Abdul’s concerns by recounting stories of mob bosses who had started from the bottom like them, and slugged their way to the top. From the grimy ghettos to the glistening towers of South Bombay. “Tu dekhna,” Salim assures Abdul, “Apna bhi time aayenga re.”

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