Chhota Rajan’s brother produced ‘really’
It is also interesting to note that ‘Actually: The Reality’ made under the direction of Mahesh Manjrekar was produced by Chhota Rajan’s younger brother Deepak Nikhalje (Deepak Nikalje). The film gave a new lease to Sanjay Dutt in the character of ‘Raghu’. The character of ‘Raghu’ was inspired by the real story of Chhota Rajan. As Raghu, who lives in an ordinary family in Mumbai, was forced into the mire of crime, Chhota Rajan’s story is similar.
20 years old and police attacked outside the cinema hall
Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje was born into a family in 1959 in Tilak Nagar, Chembur, Mumbai. Rajan had three brothers and two sisters. Father used to do a normal job. There was hardly any interest in studies, so after studying till the fifth Rajendra Sadashiv left school. As age was growing, Rajendra Sadashiv started putting his hand in small jobs. At the age of 20, his life took a big turn. Rajendra Sadashiv Shankar was selling tickets in black outside the cinema. Police lathi-charged there to clamp down on black marketing. When Rajendra got angry, he snatched the sticks from a constable and started beating him. This was Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje’s first encounter with the police.
‘Big Rajan’ gang joins after release
Many policemen were injured in this incident. Police arrested Rajendra Sadashiv. When he was released on bail from jail, gangs of miscreants in Mumbai were eyeing him. Getting entangled with the policemen in this way was not a matter of anyone’s bus. Rajendra’s height was just five feet three inches. But his daring rocked the big gangsters. Initially, Rajendra Sadashiv joined gangster Rajan Nair (Rajan Nair aka Bada Rajan) i.e. Bada Rajan’s gang after doing petty miscreants. He had entered the world of crime.
Bada Rajan killed, Chhota Rajan’s rise
According to reports, in 1982, the Pathan brothers of Bada Rajan’s enemy killed Bada Rajan with the help of Abdul Kunju. He was shot outside the court. Abdul Kunju was also an enemy of the great Rajan. He married Bada Rajan’s girlfriend. After the death of Bada Rajan, all the work of the gang was now in the hands of Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje. The name was Chhota Rajan.
Murder’s revenge was the first motive
Chhota Rajan had to avenge the death of Bada Rajan. Chhota Rajan’s awe can be gauged from the fact that Abdul Kunju surrendered to the Crime Branch in 1983 to avoid him. In January of 1984, Chhota Rajan tried to kill Kunju. But he escaped with injuries. But on 25 April 1984, when the police took Kunju to the hospital for treatment. A ‘patient’ was seated with a plaster in his hand. He started firing on seeing Kunju. Kunju survived again.
… and Chhota Rajan came in the eyes of Dawood
Dawood Ibrahim was not only impressed by this darling of Chhota Rajan. Many Bollywood Bollywood films still have such scenes. Hussain Zaidi writes in his book ‘Dongri to Dubai’, ‘After this incident, Dawood called Chhota Rajan to meet him. Chhota Rajan finds a place in Dawood’s gang. The next time he was also successful in killing Kunju. Bullets were fired on Kunju surrounded in the cricket ground.
Confident friend and new name from Dawood- Nana
Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan’s friendship became firm over time. Dawood now had more faith in Chhota Rajan. But Chhota Shakeel was also in Dawood’s gang. In 1987, Dawood sent Chhota Rajan to Dubai to take up the job. A year later, Chhota Shakeel also reached Dubai. Friendship between Dawood and Rajan was more firm. The same thing used to prick Chhota Shakeel. Chhota Rajan was now called by the gang members as ‘Nana’. He used to take extortion from builders and rich people. According to police figures, in the 90s, Chhota Rajan’s earnings were around Rs 80 lakh per month. Not only this, there were only 122 benami hotels and pubs in Mumbai named after Chhota Rajan.
Chhota Rajan started knocking Chhota Shakeel
Seeing the height of Chhota Rajan in Dawood’s gang, Chhota Shakeel formed a team. This included Sharad Shetty, and Sunil Rawat. Together, the three provoked Dawood against Chhota Rajan. It also said that Chhota Rajan will take your chair anytime. Hussain Zaidi writes, ‘Dawood had then replied- When did you guys believe in such rumors? He is just the manager of his gang.
Chhota Shakeel avenges Dawood’s brother
Dawood had tasked Chhota Rajan to kill his brother Sabir Ibrahim Kaskar’s killers Karim Lala and Amirzada. This work was delayed. Chhota Shakeel and Sautya ask Dawood for a chance. Dawood entered the hospital on September 12, 1992 and fired 500 rounds, according to the Police Panchnam. He also completed the revenge of Dawood and took the medal of delay in work on behalf of Chhota Rajan.
Relations changed after 1993 bomb blasts
After this incident, Dawood’s confidence in Chhota Shakeel increased. Dawood and Chhota Rajan were the darkest faces in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Hussain Zaidi writes, ‘Chhota Rajan tried to present his case through the media. He also defended Dawood. ‘ Chhota Rajan was upset about his name appearing in the bomb blasts. But the same thing was taken advantage of by Chhota Shakeel. He started calling Chhota Rajan a traitor. Within a year, these distances increased so much that Chhota Rajan stopped working for Dawood gang. Chhota Rajan now wanted to return to Hindustan. But his passport was with the Sheikhs.
Chandu and Malik, Chhota Rajan and Dawood of ‘Company’
Ram Gopal Varma made the film ‘Company’ in 2002 with Vivek Oberoi and Ajay Devgn. In this film, the story of the enemies of ‘Chandu’ and ‘Malik’ was based on this separation of two friends. Ram Gopal Varma had earlier made ‘Satya’ on the underworld. While later he made ‘D’, the third film of the series.
Dawood’s party and planning to kill
A major turning point in Chhota Rajan’s story also took place in Dawood’s party. Hussain Zaidi writes in his book, ‘Dawood gave a big party in Dubai. In this, the big people of the city were called. Chhota Rajan was also ready to go to the party. But then he got a call that you are planning to drip. Chhota Rajan reached the Indian Embassy as soon as he got the call. Rajan talks to a RAW officer there. Delhi is done and in a few hours Chhota Rajan is sent to Kathmandu and then from there to Malaysia.
Chhota Rajan attacked in Bangkok
Here, Chhota Rajan was the happiest Chhota Shakeel from Chhota Rajan’s disappearance from Dubai. He had now become Dawood’s right hand. Chhota Rajan was confident that Dawood would kill him. So he spent many years in hiding. He reached Bangkok from Malaysia via Cambodia, Indonesia. In 2000, Chhota Shakeel discovered Chhota Rajan. On 14 September, four armed men attacked Rajan’s apartment, but he escaped. After this attack, Indian agencies also came to know that Rajan is in Bangkok.
Jyotirmay Dey killed, Murder of Gosalia
In 2001, Chhota Rajan took revenge. He killed two gangsters of Chhota Shakeel Gang. After 10 years where little Rajan disappeared, no one got the news. Then suddenly in June of 2011, Senior Crime Reporter Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead in Powai, Mumbai. Chhota Rajan’s name came up in this murder. After this, in 2013 Mumbai builders Ajay Gosalia and Arshad Sheikh were killed, Chhota Rajan’s name also came here.
Red Corner notice, arrest and life imprisonment
After these criminal incidents, Interpol issued a red corner notice for Chhota Rajan. In 2015, news came that Chhota Rajan was attacked in Australia. In October of the same year, Chhota Rajan was arrested in Bali, Indonesia. Chhota Rajan, accused in nearly 70 cases including murder, recovery, drug trafficking, arms possession, smuggling, was found guilty of murdering journalist Jyotirmay Dey and sentenced to life imprisonment. Since then, the gangster’s address is the barrack of the Tihar Jail in Delhi. However, he is in prison ward of AIIMS, Delhi due to Corona being infected in the past.
A glimpse of ‘Chhota Rajan’ was also seen in these films
In Bollywood, from time to time, many films inspired by the life of Chhota Rajan have been released. Apart from ‘Vaastav’ and ‘Company’, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Parinda’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobara’ were also some of the films in which the character of Chhota Rajan’s life Inspired by. Apart from this, a similar character was seen in Apoorva Lakhia’s film ‘Haseena’.