From small-time criminal to global terrorist: Chronicling Dawood Ibrahim's rise
Dawood's name always turns up in a conversation about 1993 Bombay blast, which killed over 257 and injured more than 700 people, as being the mastermind behind the blast.
As CNN-News18 makes a world exclusive, becoming the first TV channel to speak with Dawood Ibrahim, the spotlight turns back to the fugitive gangster who rose from being a small-time Mumbai-based criminal in the 80s to the mastermind behind one of the world's largest terrorist networks.
Dawood's rise as a gangster was filled with luck, pluck and then some, as he took turns finishing off rivals and established himself as the kingpin of Mumbai's underworld.
Dawood loved to live a flashy life, with the tentacles of his fledgling 'D-Company' intertwined with areas from Bollywood to business.
A lot used to be reported on Ibrahim then: from the colour of his iris to his preferred brand of cigarettes.
But things turned grimmer in 1993, when his name came up in the 1993 serial blasts, which killed over 257 and injured more than 700 people.
The 1993 incident changed Dawood's status from being the Bada Bhai of Aamchi Mumbai to subsequently being branded a global terrorist.
Since then, he has been sort of a ghost figure -- everyone knows about him but few (save moviemakers, journalists and of course authorities) talk about him.
That he took refuge with Pakistan has always since been an open secret, even as the neighbouring country always denies this.
But CNN-News18's break confirms this. Having dialed the fugitive gangster right where he stays: the tony Clifton neighbourhood in Karachi and spoken to the man himself.
The 1955-born Dawood is the son of a head constable in the Mumbai police. He is reported to have 13 siblings, eight brothers and four sisters.He has two children from his marriage with Mehjabeen Shaikh.