Lights, Camera, Gangsters: Growing Up With Mumbai’s Real Ganesh Gaitondes

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Lights, Camera, Gangsters: Growing Up With Mumbai’s Real Ganesh Gaitondes

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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s I binged on Sacred Games with what seems like the rest of the country – and where the most glowing tributes come from the Juhu-Versova belt – I am taken back to the world it is set in. I grew up in the Byculla of ’80s and ’90s, which rested comfortably in its middle-class insularity on the fringes of the gangland. If memory serves me right, this was largely a world of somnolence, minus the generous dollops of glamour that have been added by the very skilled storytellers of the series.

My stories of this world and its people are too quotidian, too ordinary – even though they feature an appearance from the dreaded Nagpada mafia. Still, they’re perhaps worthy of a gossip session or two, but certainly not dramatic enough for the screen.

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