Prakash Mehra’s ‘Zanjeer’ (1973) was a seminal film in oeuvre of Amitabh Bachchan, which catapulted him into main stream commercial cinema and gave him the title of ‘Angry Young Man.’ ‘Zanjeer’ starred Amitabh Bachchan as inspector Vijay Khanna and his dealings with the murky underworld.
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- Tanu Talwar
A gem by Govind Nihalani, `Ardh Satya` (1983) starred Om Puri as sub inspector Anant Velankar, who struggles with his inner demons in the line of duty. - Tanu Talwar
John Matthew Matthan’s ‘Sarfarosh’ (1999) starred Aamir Khan as Ajay Rathod Singh, whose personal tragedy pushed him into the thick of action, thereby making him an honest IPS officer, whose only mission is to wipe out the terrorists. - Tanu Talwar
E Nivas’ ‘Shool’ (1999) was a highly charged emotional drama which highlighted the criminalisation of politics in Bihar and its effect on the life of a sincere cop. Starring powerhouse performer Manoj Bajpai as inspector Samar Pratap Singh and his arch nemesis Bachhu Yadav portrayed by Sayaji Shinde, ‘Shool’ was a sneak peek into the life of a cop stuck in the rotting system. - Tanu Talwar
Prakash Jha’s ‘Gangaajal’ (2003) is considered to be one of the finest cop movies in Bollywood, which portrayed the evil nexus between criminals and politicians in India. Starring Ajay Devgn as Superintendent of Police Amit Kumar, ‘Gangaajal’ showed his tryst with a crime infested town in Bihar. - Tanu Talwar
A racy crime thriller, Raj Kumar Santoshi’s ‘Khakee’ (2004) was a power packed film with stellar performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn, where the former plays DCP Anant Kumar Shrivastav and the latter played the role of a former cop-turned-killer machine Yashwant Angre. - Tanu Talwar
Ab Tak Chhappan
Shimit Amin’s ‘Ab Tak Chhappan’ (2004) was loosely based on the life and times of Daya Nayak, sub inspector with Mumbai Police where Nana Patekar played inspector Sadhu Agashe, a no-nonsense encounter specialist with Mumbai Encounter Squad, who had a record of killing fifty six people in encounter and became a bane of underworld. - Tanu Talwar
Kabeer Kaushik’s ‘Sehar’ (2005) was a high action drama based on the crime scene of the 90s in Uttar Pradesh. Starring Arshad Warsi as an honest cop - SSP Ajay Kumar, ‘Sehar’ was critically and commercially acclaimed for it’s in depth realism as Ajay Kumar battles the local mafia headed by ruthless don Gajraj Singh (Sushant Singh). - Tanu Talwar
Shootout At Lokhandwala
Apoorva Lakhia’s ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’ (2007) was based on the true incident of Lokhandwala Complex shootout (1991), where a real-life gun battle took place between dreaded gangster Maya Dolas and his cronies and Mumbai police. A multi-starrer, ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’ starred Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Arbaaz Khan and Vivek Oberoi in prominent roles. - Tanu Talwar
The role of Chulbul Pandey aka Robin Hood Pandey and Rajo were tailor made for the bad boy of Bollywood - Salman Khan and debutant Sonakshi Sinha in ‘Dabangg’ (2010). Directed by Abhinav Kashyap, Salman was hugely appreciated for his cop act and the film broke all Box Office records, making it the highest opening day grosser of 2010. - Tanu Talwar
Bollywood has always been fascinated by khaki clad men, who are ready to sacrifice their lives for the honour of their nation. Here’s a look at some of the finest Bollywood cop movies. Enjoy!
A Rohit Shetty film, ‘Singham’ (2011) was a Bollywood remake of a Tamil film by the same name starring Ajay Devgn as inspector Bajirao Singham, an upright and daredevil police officer, a one man army who singlehandedly uproots the ills of society. - Tanu Talwar