Watched Bambai Meri Jaan? Now Read these Hussain Zaidi Books to know the Crime Stories of Mumbai!

Many films in Bollywood have been inspired by Hussain Zaidi's books such as Black Friday by the book Black Friday itself and Saif Ali Khan's Phantom by the book Mumbai Avengers.

Hitanshu Bhatt
Sep 29, 2023 14:59 IST
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Here are some of the Hussain Zaidi books that fall under the genre 'Bambai Meri Jaan' - a recent release on Amazon Prime Video rumored to be based on his book 'Dongri to Dubai.

Bambai Meri Jaan on Amazon Prime Video is a gripping story about the gang war in Mumbai and it is presumed to be based on the book 'Dongri to Dubai' written by Hussain Zaidi. Hussain is an Indian author and former investigative journalist who mainly writes about true crime, crime fiction and narratives. If any of these genres interests you, then you must check out these Hussain Zaidi books. 

1. Dongri to Dubai

dongri to dubai by hussain zaidi

'Dongri to Dubai' - Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia is Hussain's one of the most famous books. This book sets the narrative on some of the renowned mafia of Mumbai like Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Chhota Rajan, Abu Salem and Dawood. The story is mainly about a boy whose father was in police but he chose to take another path and became a gangster. In short, the journey of Ibrahim Kaskar Dawood from Dongri to the gang lord in Dubai. 

2. Byculla to Bangkok 

byculla to bangkok by hussain zaidi

The sequel of Dongri to Dubai and the second real crime book by S. Hussain Zaidi is Byculla to Bangkok. It talks about how some young people became the mobsters of the city. Major characters in this book include Arun Gawli, Ashwin Naik and Chhota Rajan. Chota Rajan was the deputy of Dawood, but later became his enemy and started his own gang in Mumbai. 

3. Mafia Queens of Mumbai

mafia queens of mumbai by hussain zaidi

Mafia Queens of Mumbai - Stories of Women from the Ganglands is a novel written by Hussain Zaidi with original research by reporter Jane Borges. It is a story of 13 women gangsters involved in various crimes in the city of dreams. It features some of the leading women in the Mumbai underworld - Jenabhai, Sapna Didi, Mrs. Paul, Rubina Sayyed and others. The film starring Alia Bhatt - Gangubai Kathiawadi is adapted from one of the chapters 'Gangubai Kothewadi' of this book. 

4. Mumbai Avengers 

mumbai avengers by hussain zaidi

This book is the author's first step into the world of fiction with a story based on Mumbai's terror attack on 26/11 with Gabriel Khan. The plot starts five years after the horrific incident in Mumbai. Everything is settled and the terrorists are roaming free. But there is one officer who wants to catch the culprits and plans a covert operation with a team of agents. The officer in the spot is Retired Lt Gen. Sayed Ali Waris. 

5. Dangerous Minds

dangerous minds by hussain zaidi

Dangerous Minds - Eight Riveting Profiles of Homegrown Terrorists is a story about 8 terrorists in the country. It looks back into their early life, what led them to choose this path and what were the repurcations of the same. Some of the profiles are Dr. Jalees Ansari, a doctor from Malegaon involved in eighty blasts, and Fahmida Ansari, a housewife and mother of two from Mumbai, who planted the bombs in a bus and taxis in Mumbai. Brijesh Singh and S. Hussain Zaidi are the authors of this book. 

6. Black Friday

black friday by hussain zaidi

When we talk about chilling crimes in the city of Mumbai, the 1933 Mumbai bomb blasts come first to our minds. The book Black Friday - The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts by Hussain Zaidi shed light on one of the most dangerous terror destruction - a series of explosions on March 12, 1993. Zaidi writes about the masterminds of this blast that took around 257 lives and injured about 713 people and the politics and conspiracies involved in this event. 

7. Zero Day

zero day by hussain zaidi

Zero Day is Hussain's crime thriller fiction book that delves into cybercrime and the vulnerabilities in the Indian government. The plot of the book starts with a gripping story where the entire city comes to a standstill when the traffic lights are been hacked and the head of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, receives an anonymous email claiming it to be a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The tension intensifies when the lifeline of Mumbai - Railways is also under the cyber attack. It's on officers Mirza and Vikrant now to solve the case. 

8. My Name is Abu Saleem 

my name is abu saleem by hussain zaidi

'My Name is Abu Saleem' is a true crime book based on the Indian crime boss Abu Saleem. Abu was one of the dons responsible for the 1933 Bombay (now Mumbai) bomb blasts and for the murder of music composer Gulshan Kumar. He was an ex-alias of Dawood and was closely related to Bollywood. His relationship with actress Monica Bedi, involvement in various crimes and some of the unknown tales of his life are mentioned in this book. 

9. Eleventh Hour 

eleventh hour by hussain zaidi

Eleventh Hour is another fiction by Hussian. This is somewhat an extension of the Mumbai Avengers book mentioned above. Forward to nine years after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the Superintendent of Police Vikrant Singh is still on a hunt when he stumbles upon the High Commissioner of Pakistan and slaps him at an event. In another part of India, Bhopal, five members of the Indian Mujahideen, arrested by Vikrant, break out of the Central Jail and his job is at stake. The story further includes many twists that are worth a read. 

10. The Endgame 

The endgame by Hussain Zaidi

The Endgame by Hussain Zaidi can be termed as the climax or the conclusion of the other two books Eleventh Hour and the Mumbai Avengers. In this chapter, the two officers Sayed Ali Waris and Vikrant Singh are positioned in RAW and given the task of providing security for BSF Special Director General Somesh Kumar on his way to visit former Prime Minister, who has been hospitalized after a car accident. The story takes a turn when Somesh's convey gets attacked by terrorists and he gets killed. The two officers get a tip for one of the prime members of the group and are on a spree to bring him down.  


Many films in Bollywood have been inspired by Hussain Zaidi's books such as Black Friday by the book Black Friday itself, Saif Ali Khan's Phantom by the book Mumbai Avengers, Shootout at Wadala and the recent web series Bambai Meri Jaan by Dongri to Dubai, and Gangubai Kathiawadi by Mafia Queens are a few to name.  

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