The audience curiosity had piqued when filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj announced that he will be collaborating with Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan for a film based on the life of Ashraf Khan aka Sapna didi.
However, in a surprising turn of events, on Monday, the producers issued a statement saying that the movie is "fictional".
The claim threw people off-balance as buzz in the industry was that the movie was a biopic on the gangster, based on writer S Hussain Zaidi's book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai.
Insiders informed that the story of the Honey Trehan-directed project remains the same.
"To avoid any litigation from her family members, the makers decided that they will adapt the film to suit the cinematic vision of the filmmaker."
Zaidi, who was informed about the development yesterday, added, "There is no confusion between Vishal and me. We are constantly discussing the story."
Stating that the team will be making the narrative "more dramatic", he added, "Since movies provide you with a grand canvas, the story will depart from reality. Some characters will be fictionalized."
For the uninitiated, Sapna didi had planned Dawood Ibrahim's execution to avenge her husband Mehmood Kaliya's death.
If all goes well, the film will go on floor next week and is slated to release in October 2018. Sapna Didi a.k.a. Rahima Khan was a very charming lady. She married the gangster, r and contract killer Mehmood Kaliya. The dark-skinned Kaliya knew the dangers when she married her.
To save his wife from the stares of others from his crime clan, he made them call her Didi (sister).
She became furious when her husband was killed by D-Company. She swore to revenge his death. Sapna Didi married a serving sub-inspector, but her secret lovers did not let her live long when she retaliated against Dawood. She was brutally murdered at her residence at Nagpada in February 1990.