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Mumbai Mafia: Police vs. the Underworld

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, dead bodies, language in true-crime docu.

Movie NR 2023 87 minutes
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This is an interesting true-crime documentary that raises age-old concerns about crime and punishment, policing and justice. Mumbai Mafia: Police vs. the Underworld chronicles the battles between elite "encounter specialists" and their take-no-prisoners approach to the terrorist-gangsters who unleashed so much violence in Mumbai in recent decades.

Archival footage is paired with more recent interviews with the former "encounter specialists" hired to stop the gangsters, the journalists who reported on it, and one of the higher-up gangsters, and the result is a full telling that addresses all sides of the issue. It's a fascinating look at a turbulent time in Mumbai, particularly for those who knew nothing about it.

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