Mumbai is the financial capital of India. Soon after independence, the port became the epicentre of trade for imported goods being brought in and sent out of the country. This also gave birth to smuggling and other illegal activities thereby paving the way for organised crime syndicates and groups in India. Bombay-based Tamil Muslim mobster Haji Mastan, known as Mastan Haider Mirza, became the first celebrity gangster in the city of Bombay. In 1944, Mastan joined the Bombay docks as a porter and from there entered organized crime. He was one of the influential personalities in Bombay by the 1960s. He amassed millions from smuggling gold, silver, and electronic goods, and expanded his clout in the film industry by investing his money with directors and studios, in film production in Bollywood.
However, while Mastan controlled the city of dreams, he was next to God for the poor as he often helped them out.