Once Upon A Time In Mumbai…

Aaj mere paas bangla hai, gaadi hai, bank balance hai, kya hai tumhare paas?
Mere paas maa hai!

The 70s not only gave us the mother of all dialogues, but a whole host of things to remember and be nostalgic about.

Rajesh Khanna was the original superstar and the undisputed king of Bollywood in the 60s and 70s. He gave 15 hit films between 1969 and 1971. Who can forget him in Aradhana, driving in open-top jeep while serenading Sharmila Tagore through the winding scenic routes of Darjeeling singing “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani”. But, come 70s, and a never heard of before lanky ‘chhokra’ dethroned him. He was none other than the angry young man Amitabh Bachchan who with his one hit after the other rode to superstardom. 70s also belonged to Parveen Babi with her less than conventional lifestyle, the sexy siren Zeenat Aman and the beautiful Rekha from down south.

Mumbai from 60s to 80s was also the undisputed home to many mafiosos. From always clad in white Haji Sultan to the generous Karim Lala, they were the original dons of Mumbai’s criminal underbelly dealing in smuggling, gambling, liquor dens and extortion rackets. Moreover, they moved in swish chauffeur driven cars and hobnobbed with politicians and Bollywood stars.

In the 70s, Mumbai was still home to the iconic Taj, the Stock Exchange and Air India. The good old Ambys and Premier Padminis owned the Marine Drive. The local trains were crowded as usual. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya was still the Prince of Wales Museum.
Once upon a time was a golden chapter in the history of Mumbai!!!

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