‘The Times of India’ news report from Kerala of a Gulf prostitution racket that inspired a Bollywood film

While reading The Times of India in 2008, writer-director Faruk Kabir stumbled upon a four-column story headlined “Man ‘buys’ back wife from pimp“.

It was a story filed by Ananthakrishnan G. from the paper’s Kochi edition, of a 32-year-old from Malappuram who lands in Muscat with Rs 6,000 to save his wife.

The woman, who had been lured to the Gulf with the promise of a job as a house help, had been sold and resold in an organised prostitution racket.

“It was a small article but it stayed with me, which is why I decided to make a film around it. Research took three months and another nine months went in writing the script.”

The result is: Khuda Haafiz starring Vidyut Jammwal.

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