In my earlier post of (The Almost Complete) History of Sassoon Docks I mentioned that we had found out a place called Mukesh Mills, just besides the Main Sassoon Docks market. I did a little background check on it and found out many thing about it.
Muljibhai Madhvani, the Owner of East African Hardware Ltd., had established a large factory in Bombay. It was known as Mukesh Textile Mills (Pvt.) Ltd. [Conflicting Information - The British had set up this mills] It was built in 1870’s. It was the only mill in South Bombay at that time.The mill itself had a large private dock where the boats came to unload the bales of cotton and load yards of finished cloth. These were then ferried to the larger ships that were in outer anchorage in the Arabian Sea.
This mill was closed on 18th January 1982 while a year-long textile mill strike. The owners of the mill had applied for an official closure of the mills but it was denied by the government. A few months later an unexpected fire broke out in the mills and it was permanently closed
It is now owned by Bangalore based Agrawal Family (Bhoruka Group), who plans to develop this 10 acres land in a prime area into a commercial property. But it is still contested by the Indian Navy as INS Shikra lies just behind it.
And now the interesting part. After the fire, it has been used by many production houses to shoot movies, commercials and photo shoots. A blog entry by Mr. Amitabh Bacchan describes his shoot at this place (http://srbachchan.tumblr.com/post/25111981084).
Also it had been said by many people that the Mukesh Mills is haunted. It is said that neither the directors nor the crew are ready to work in this place after after sunset
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