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Mumbai Mafia: Police vs the Underworld Review – exposing Mumbai’s handling of organized crime

January 6, 2023

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This review of the Netflix documentary Mumbai Mafia: Police vs the Underworld contains no spoilers.

netflix always offers new and diverse content for its viewers and clearly knows that its audience is passionate about crime and underworld dramas. India is a big market, due to its population and growing number of entertainment enthusiasts, so it’s no surprise that Netflix is ​​pouring money into projects overseas. Here we have a crime thriller documentary series based on true crimes that happened in the city of Mumbai.

Mumbai Mafia: Police vs the Underworld Review and Plot Summary

Mumbai Mafia: Police vs The Underworld comes from the team behind Crime Stories: Indian Detectives and follows the battle between the Mumbai Police’s ‘encounter specialists’ and the organized crime syndicate D-Company. In 1990s Mumbai, Dawood, a serious crime boss, and his men/thugs wielded power over the city, using fear to control the residents and swindle people out of their hard-earned money. Mumbai was heavy on drug trafficking, gold smuggling, prostitution, corrupt cricket matches, and even Bollywood was corrupt. The whole city was ruled by this intense mafia, and something had to change.

This documentary offers an in-depth look at the history of the largest city in the country, from the 1970s to the 2000s. The series features first-class encounters and interviews with police officers involved in terrorism, and they share their experiences, their fears, then tactics on how they prevented the commission of more serious crimes. Clearly, at the time, the police were afraid of the repercussions of the gangs, but they were also under pressure to prove they could take charge and control, as the city was burning around them.

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The interviews are carried out in several places as if they were not all filmed in the same place at the same time. These range from the exterior under what looks like a bridge, to lounges and even a theater-like setting. I really liked the enthusiasm of Mint, journalist and reporter at the time, he is a very enthusiastic and lively person to follow. All the others are quite serious and monotonous, but it’s not boring or distracting, they are very clear and concise in their stories.

In 1992 and 93, Mumbai saw some of the most devastating riots in history, and many have blamed police brutality on gangs. The public sees graphic and violent images of these riots, which is quite horrifying and heartbreaking to watch. Mumbai was in such a dark place that the police later took over and by 2003 had killed over 1,200 gangsters. Should they have been captured and given the opportunity to reform? Was this group of maverick cops within the law in massacring gangsters? One of the men interviewed said he was over 45 met (as they would call them) and they were all clean and implied they shouldn’t blame the police or meet with specialists to be a proactive force. Eventually, after investigation, 15 police officers/dating specialists were imprisoned for their murders/crimes, which shocks them, because they really thought they were doing good for their country and their people. Some were trying to help, and others for other reasons. Either way, this has really become an eye for an eye station, and it feels like it was all out of control and no real good was done. What else could they have done? The crime must be controlled/stopped.

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Is the Mumbai mafia good?

Yes. Overall, I would recommend this documentary to anyone interested in true crime. At just under an hour and a half, the pacing is fast and intense, and I’m very glad it wasn’t dragged out over three or four episodes and is more of a full documentary . The subject matter is certainly interesting and a piece of India’s dramatic and dark history. The effects of organized crime in Mumbai were huge, with about two shootings a week, but by the early 2000s there were only two a month, so these Encounter Cops had an effect. With all this brutality and murder, how different are they really from each other? This series will open your eyes and make you think about how crime is constructed and then dealt with.

What did you think of Mumbai Mafia: Police Vs the Underworld? Comments below.

You can watch this documentary with a Netflix subscription.

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