Bollywood's portrayal of the Indian police force has irked our nation's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Many films like the recently released Emraan Hashmi starrer Ungli have highlighted Indian cops' recklessness and late entry and even jokes have been cracked on them for the way they handle situations and corrupt nature.
PM Modi therefore said at a public gathering that he feels Hindi films have created a very bad image of the police. he said, "The film industry has created a very bad image of the police in the minds of the common man and I ask them-why? Yes, there may be a some shortcomings but should only that be highlighted? Is it not our duty to remove these shortcomings by bringing into light the positive and good things."
He further spoke about how this portrayal of Indian cops is affecting the mindsets of the common people, "The image of films on the common man is immense and without their cooperation, policing cannot be successful. We must think about long-term strategy to change the thoughts and perception of the common people based on reality."
On the occasion when PM feels Bollywood shows cops in poor light, we have listed out the top 15 Bollywood movies that show Indian cops in good light.
Bollywood film industry has depicted both the good and the bad side of cops in different films. There are several movies like Shootout At Lokhandwala and A Wednesday that have been based on real-life incidents when cops have had a life and death fight with criminals and Bollywood films have highlighted such cops' sacrifice by depicting their struggle on the big screen and providing knowledge to common people who are not aware of what the police actually went through in such situations.
Check out Bollywood's 15 best cop movies that showed and highlighted the 'Dabangg' side of cops!
Amitabh Bachchan got the title of the Angry Young Man after he starred as a cop in Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer. This is the movie that got hims stardom after a series of flop movies. Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Vijay, an honest inspector who fights crime.
This is a story of Dilip Kumar, an honest cop who ends up killing his own son, played by Amitabh Bachchan for he was on the path of crime.
Amitabh Bachchan played the role of a good honest cop who put criminals behind bars while his lawyer friend Shatrugan Sinha helped bail them out. How the villain utilizes their love for the same girl and brings differences between these friends and how Big B being the honest cop fights those criminals forms the crux of the story.
Veteran actor Om Puri played the role of an aggressive yet honest cop who fought against corruption. One of the best performances we have come across in Bollywood.
Shool had Manoj Bajpayee play inspector Samar Pratap Singh in Bihar. He portrayed the role of an honest cop's battle against corruption within the legal system
The film dealt with an honest Indian police officer's fight played by Aamir Khan to stop cross-border terrorism. Seven years alone were spent on the research, pre-production and production of the film till it finally released in 1999.
Ab Tak Chappan
Ab Tak Chhappan was about a this tough cop and encounter specialist played to perfection by Nana Patekar from the Mumbai Encounter Squad famous for having killed 56 people in police encounters. It was inspired by the life of Police sub-Inspector with Mumbai Police force Daya Nayak.
It was based on Black Friday - The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by S. Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. Kay Kay Menon played the role of a tough, honest determined cop which was inspired from Rakesh Maria, who had cracked the case then.
While the movie did not achieve much success at the Box Office, it was by far one of the best cop movies where Arshad Warsi played the role of an honest cop who tries hard to eradicate the menace named Gajraj Singh played by Kabeer Kaushik.
Ajay Devgan played the role of honest cop, SP Amit Kumar in which he fought against the corrupt politicians and criminals.
Salman Khan is shown as a tapori who later turns out to be an undercover cop who goes up against Prakash Raj, the villain. His role of honest cop in Garv too was good and showed them in good light.
Singham And Singham Returns
Ajay Devgn played the role of Bajirao Singham, a honest police officer who takes it upon himself to end the rule of corrupt politician Jaikant Shikre played by Prakash Raj. In the second installment of the movie he goes up against a powerful Baba Ji with strong political links.
Khakee had Big B playing the role of righteous cop who heads his team to a small town in Maharashtra to escort back a dreaded terrorist to Mumbai. In spite of corrupt politicians troubling him, he refuses to bow down and goes around doing his job right.
Shootout At Lokhandwala
It was based upon the real-life incident 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout, a real-life gun battle between gangsters and Mumbai Police. Sanjay Dutt played the role of Additional commissioner of police (ACP) A.A. Khan, who attacked the Lokhandwala Complex on 16 November 1991, with a force of around 400 armed policemen. Dreaded gangster Maya Dolas was hiding in the complex.
The film depicts an about-to-retire police commisioner (Anupam Kher) narrating a sequence of events that unfolded on a particular Wednesday.