Biography My Name is Abu Salem released

Biography on underworld gangster Abu Salem My Name authored by Hussain Zaidi went into controversy after its release.

Created On: Nov 27, 2014 12:00 ISTModified On: Nov 27, 2014 12:06 IST

My Name is Abu Salem: S Hussain Zaidi
Biography titled My Name is Abu Salem was released on 16 November 2014. Biography on underworld gangster Abu Salem has been written by S Hussain Zaidi and published by Penguin.  

The author of the book, Zaidi who knows the Mumbai underworld better than anyone else has tried to tell, the life of Salem. In My Name is Abu Salem, the author has tried to present complete unknown details and first accounts of the gangster.

Biography My Name is Abu Salem depicts that Mumbai has produced many dons, but perhaps none so colourful like Abu Salem. The book investigates into the personal and criminal life of Abu Salem, including his relationship with actress Monica Bedi.

The book states that the flamboyant ex-aide of Dawood Ibrahim is best known for his involvement in the Mumbai blasts of 1993 and for the murder of music composer Gulshan Kumar. Beside this, Salam is equally famous for his relationship with actress Monica Bedi and his close connection to Bollywood, leading to a number of attempted murders of the film industry’s biggest names.

After being released, the book came into controversy after a TADA court on 25 November 2014 issued notices to the author, former journalist S. Hussain Zaidi, and Penguin, publisher of the book. The notices were issued after the underworld gangster Abu Salem moved an application urging a Terrorist And Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court to direct the withdrawal of a book titled My name is Abu Salem that documents his flamboyant life.

Salem in his petition has also argued that the murder of builder Pradeep Jain in 1995 is sub-judice but the author has pronounced him the killer and conspirator in the murder.

Hussain Zaidi
Hussain Zaidi is an Indian writer and former investigative journalist. He was born and raised in Mumbai. He authored Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia (2013), Mafia Queens of Mumbai (2011) and Black Friday (2001).

His two books namely Black Friday and Dongri to Dubai have been adapted as Bollywood films.


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