Sheela Bhatt – The Woman Who Interviewed Dawood Ibrahim. Not Just Once


Journalist Sheela Bhatt who interviewed Dawood Ibrahim in Dubai in 1988.

New Delhi:

She says she first met fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim when he was a small-time prison and was “simply rising”. She met him a number of instances over time and likewise interviewed him, each in India and Dubai.

She is seasoned journalist Sheela Bhatt, who despatched the interwebs buzzing when she posted a throwback image final month that includes her and Dawood Ibrahim, India’s most wished.    

The image was taken in 1988 when Ms Bhatt, whose journalism profession spans 4 many years, visited Dubai to interview the don, who is needed for a number of terror actions in India, together with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

It was Ms Bhatt’s image in Chitralekha journal with Karim Lala, a mafia don of Mumbai within the late Seventies, which bought her Dawood’s consideration.  

Dawood known as her to assist write towards the alleged harassment of the women in a authorities remand house on Mohammad Ali Highway in Mumbai by the boys of Karim Lala, she stated within the interview.  

Aap Karim Lala ko mil leto ho. Kaise hamari bachiyon ko pareshan karte hain, aap ispe likhye ( You met Karim Lala. You please write about how his males are harassing the women),” Dawood stated over the cellphone, she advised her interviewer. 

“Dawood was simply an rising man and his bosses have been Marwari, Sindhi, Punjabi,” she stated, including in 1981-82 he was “only a prison”.

Shortly after that phone name, the primary interview occurred. She went along with her husband to fulfill the don.  

“First, they known as us at Tanker Avenue close to Jail Highway (Mumbai). Then they bought us in a automotive with tinted home windows and took us to Pakmodia Avenue, which I knew,” she stated.

“Then we met. Me, my husband, Dawood and Chhota Shakeel (Dawood’s aide),” she stated.  

“He was doing the small speak. The one factor he wished to say was that Karim Lala is a nasty man,” she stated.

A number of years after that assembly, Ms Bhatt stated she once more met the don in a Baroda jail.  

On the time, Ms Bhatt was dwelling in Bombay (now Mumbai) and would go to Gujarat to report.  

She managed to achieve entry and visited Baroda jail. To her shock, she discovered Dawood enjoying soccer in there.  

“Dawood stated he will not spare Alamzeb ( who used to run Karim Lala’s companies in Mumbai) and I wrote about it. It got here true as Alamzeb died someday after the article was printed,” she stated.  

There was no contact for the subsequent 2-3 years, she stated.

In 1987, Dawood known as once more. This time from Dubai, in accordance with her.  

After a number of calls, she bought an appointment and flew to Dubai in 1988 to interview him concerning the drug enterprise however her actual fear wasn’t assembly Dawood.

“I used to be extra nervous concerning the cash spent on ticket (Rs 3,500) than assembly Dawood,” she stated, including she “had no concern” and had beforehand interviewed or met Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Chhota Rajan, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Yusuf Patel, Haji Mastan, Arun Gawli – all dreaded names within the underworld. 

Requested if she was despatched by somebody to interview Dawood, she shot again: “Essential No 1 ki reporter hoon ( I’m the No 1 reporter).”

 On the primary day in Dubai, Dawood stated no to the interview and stated “let’s eat”.  

She got here again the subsequent day and he nonetheless denied her the interview, however chatted so much. At one level even tried on Italian fits, asking for her impressions.  

Modelling kar raha tha (He was modelling),” she stated.

The interview occurred on the third day however she was not allowed to tape it.  

“He noticed my diary and took it. Then talked concerning the three murders during which he was concerned together with Alamzeb’s. He stated “Agar foremost usey nahi marta toh who mujhe maar deta. Bolo Sheela ji mujhe usey nahi maarna chahiye tha (If I had not killed him, he would have killed me. You inform me, Sheela ji, ought to I not have killed him)”. I didn’t say something., I used to be simply reporting,” she stated.  


Sheela Bhatt’s diary the place she recorded all of the cellphone numbers, gangsters included.

“He had the belief that I’ll write the issues as they’re and never twist his phrases,” she advised her interviewer.

Recalling her final dialog, she stated it was in 2002 when Pervez Musharraf was visiting India.

In that dialog, she gave him the instance of Phoolan Devi.

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