Who Will Be the Villain in the Biopic on Mumbai? Terrorists or Potholes?

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Who Will Be the Villain in the Biopic on Mumbai? Terrorists or Potholes?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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readed rain terrorist Raingambo, the brother of Mogambo, calls India’s richest civic body and warns them that he’s going to strike the city in July next year. “Pura ek saal hai, jo kar sakta hai karle,” he threatens, with the kind of swag that would make Mogambo khush. The year goes by, but the civic body does nothing about it – after all, filing defamation cases against radio jockeys is a lot of work that keeps everyone occupied.

Raingambo, however, is a man of his word. He strikes in July, wreaking havoc everywhere and leaving the city crippled. Bridges lie broken or develop cracks and become unusable, there are potholes everywhere, people are stranded for days on end in trains stalled by flooded tracks, fires break out everywhere, and confounded bus drivers drive their double-deckers into barriers. It’s as if The Joker and Bane and Thanos themselves helped Raingambo plot the whole thing.

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