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“The nexus between Bollywood and the underworld was exposed during the investigation in this case,” said Rakesh Maria, the head of the Anti-Terrorist Squad in Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital.

Links between Bollywood and the Mumbai criminal underworld were especially strong during the two decades before the government recognized the film industry as legitimate in 2000.

Filmmakers looking for funds often turned to Mumbai’s shadowy building and criminal mafia bosses, who pumped their undeclared earnings into the country’s fast-growing movie industry.

In the last decade, Bollywood film and entertainment companies have become corporations, raising funds from the market and through bank credits and private equity.