Hafta (Persian: هفته) is the Persian word for week and is also used as a loanword in Hindi, Sylheti, Urdu and Turkish. A week has seven days, and "Hafta" is of 15 days(Half of month). A week in Hindi means "saptaha" derived from Sanskrit सप्ताह (sáptāha), from सप्तन् (saptan, “seven”) .
Hafta (Devanagari: हफ़्ता) is also slang for the protection money collected periodically by gangsters and corrupt policemen. In case of policemen, however even bribes paid are often quoted as giving hafta. This meaning seems to have gained its popularity because of its usage as part of Bombay Hindi. It is named so because the most common collection period is one week. The practice is highly prevalent in India and a refusal to pay up has its consequences.
In popular culture
Hafta has been used in the title of low-budget action movies in Bollywood. Some of the examples include movies like Hafta Vasuli (1998), Hafta Bandh (1991).
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