Rattan Khatri, who took the game of gambling to a new level, died on 9 May, just a week ago. Khatri, known as the Satta King, was considered the uncrowned king of betting in Mumbai, whose daily turnover was more than 1 crore
Rattan Khatri came to Mumbai from Karachi in Pakistan during the Partition of India and settled there. Since then Mumbai has seen many rounds. From the era of underworld to the era of terrorist blasts. In the midst of all this, speculation was also flourishing in the city. Ratan Khatri gave a special style to the traditional yoke, in which the number was drawn from the pot and it was considered as the lucky number of the day. Without internet and mobile, only in that era of telephone, this number used to spread all over the country in minutes. This was the popularity of Matka King's yoke.
The story begins in the year 1962, when an unnamed man in a white kurta-pyjama comes to the office of the Mumbai Police Commissioner and invites the crime reporters who are talking to the policemen there for a scintillating story. This story was for the first time to declare the lucky number of gambling by taking it out of the pot. This unnamed man was Ratan Khatri, who gave a new style to betting in the city. This method soon became popular and the gambling business started from Mumbai itself That was a time when you couldn't even make urgent truncate calls at 9 pm in the then Bombay. Reason! There were bookies all over the telephone lines, telling each other the lucky numbers that the Matka King would have announced that day. According to a report published in the Indian Express, the popularity of this game of gambling became such that around 9 pm MTNL used to stop all calls so that bookies could distribute By the way, Khatri did not start gambling alone. He was accompanied by Kalyanji Gala of Kutch, who had left Kutch in 1944 and settled in Mumbai. Kalyanji was then a simple man, who ran a ration shop and lived in a chawl in Worli. Kalyanji also got scope after hearing the stories of betting in the New York Cotton Exchange from the mouths of the shop visitors. From there the local version of betting started, Matka. The popularity of the game started increasing because even factory workers living in the chawl could play in it for Re 1. Soon it reached Zaveri Bazar from Worli and that became its headquarters. This market in South Mumbai was famous for its narrow streets and gold and silver jewelry. As soon as he reached Zaveri from Worli, Ratan Khatri became Kalyan's partner in the yoke of the pot and the work went on lucky numbers Khatri knew how to deal with criminals, with the police and people. As gambling was illegal, he had to bribe the local police. The criminals had to be given a week. Soon Kalyanji lagged behind Khatri in the game of gambling and Rattan matka became famous. Even its daily turnover used to be around 1 crore. The main reason for this was also the use of telephone. Khatri's gamble had spread to that part of the country as far as the phone line went.
Khatri came up with a unique way of choosing three cards for his betting. He would pick any random shopkeeper while roaming the public place and ask him to pick up three cards among the crowd. With this, there was no fear of any kind of manipulation or bullying in choosing the card among the people. Later Khatri got so much money that he started financing the film makers. Sometimes instead of the local shopkeepers, he would ask the filmmakers to choose three cards In his autobiography Khullam Khulla, the late Rishi Kapoor recounts how Ratan Khatra would call him or Ashok Kumar several evenings while making a film Rangeela Ratan in 1976, asking him to choose more cards. After this, this card number would have spread in Mumbai in minutes like the lucky number of that day. Describing Khatri's time management, Rishi wrote – Once Khatri was flying from Bangalore to Mumbai. There was a delay in announcing the matka number as the phone was not working in the plane. In such a situation, Khatri took the help of the pilot and announced the Matka number through the control tower. Even after gambling was illegal, the police could not do anything in it, because if this happened, everyone involved in the game would get angry and there was a fear of some big accident.
By the way, even after gaining continuous popularity, Ratan Khatri stopped betting on the pot in the year 1993. Many reasons are given behind this. Like in the same year, Khatri was going to London for a holiday with his family, but upon reaching the airport, it was found that the authorities had put his name on the no-fly list due to his involvement in illegal work. That is, Khatri could not travel by air. Due to such humiliation in front of the family, he decided to stop the gambling business