The 10 flavours of the filmi cop
Whether it's to bolster the hero's macho image or to bring about thrills in the plot, Bollywood loves its khaki-clad heroes.
And they come in all flavours and sizes. Good, bad, serious and silly, you name it.
Up next, Salman Khan is all set to play a maverick cop of dubious temper called Chulbul Robinhood Pandey in his forthcoming Dabangg. Previously too, the actor channeled his characteristic nonchalance and swagger to play a self-styled police mole in Wanted to smashing results at the box office.
On that note, here's a look at Bollywood s distinct cop varieties.
Image: A scene from Dabangg
Angry and vengeful!
Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer
Scrupulously honest and ceaselessly intense, AB plays the legendary khaki-clad angry young man aiming to clean all the criminal activities of his city even as he revengefully looks out for his parents assassin to memorable effect.
Image: A scene from Zanjeer
Anil Kapoor in Ram Lakhan
An unlikely police officer with a garrulous temperament and pedestrian inclinations, Anil Kapoor is quite a delightful Lakhan.
It looks as though he s only interested in making money by misusing his designation but, in truth, he's trying to nab the killers of his father secretly but surely.
Image: A scene from Ram Lakhan
The no-nonsense intellectual!
Aamir Khan in Sarfarosh
As the committed ACP Rathore, Aamir Khan works with single-minded devotion towards nailing the perpetrators of cross-border terrorism and their nexus within the country.
Traditionally, he appears too soft for a hard-as-nails part but AK with his sober texture and restrained strength makes it all too believable to complain.
Image: A scene from Sarfarosh
Abhishek Bachchan in Dhoom
When not romancing his Bangla-spewing wife of engaging in a sarcastic tattle with sidekick Uday Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, playing the new-age urban cop sporting uber cool glasses and jazzy jackets, is busy playing hide-and-seek with the equally if not more dynamic John Abraham in Dhoom.
Image: A scene from Dhoom
Suniel Shetty in Gopi Kishan
With his Eeyore-inspired drawl and daft efficiency, Suniel Shetty forgoes his rough and tough image to play a simpleton in khaki through his first displays at comedy, namely Gopi Kishan.
Image: A scene from Gopi Kishan
Bribe wars turns new leaf!
Akshay Kumar in Khakee
Akshay in Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee starts out as a glamorous yet hopelessly corrupt member of the police only to lose his heart to a pretty deceitful thing and turn a new leaf.
Alas, the shift meets with a tragic outcome.
Image: A scene from Khakee
Sunny Deol in Tridev
An epitome of honesty and dare-devilry, Sunny Deol flexes his biceps to beat the bad guys and put them behind bars in Rajiv Rai's masala fest, Tridev.
And when they malign his Surf-white reputation to get him posted to some godforsaken town and attempt to burn him down, he re-surfaces like a true blue Bollywood hero thirsty for glory and retribution.
Image: A scene from Tridev
Close encounters of the fourth kind!
Nana Patekar in Ab Tak Chhappan
Said to be inspired by the real-life escapades of encounter-specialist Daya Naik, Shimit Amin's impressive debut, Ab Tak Chhappan features Nana play a gritty special forces guy gone astray after he resolves to dictate law in a personal, unorthodox manner with dry dedication, compelling subtlety and untold bullets.
Image: A scene from Ab Tak Chhappan
Cowboy in khaki!
Feroz Khan in Jaanbaaz
With his trademark style and larger-than-life zeal, Feroz Khan reaffirms that he doesn t need to don in cowboy boots to make a stylish impact.
The man achieves the exact same impact even when he slips into a conscientious police officer's skin mourning his girl-friend's demise or disapproving of his kid-brother's roguish activities.
Image: A scene from Jaanbaaz
The blind before farz types!
Shashi Kapoor in Deewar
The ultimate Maa-guy, Shashi Kapoor plays a daring cop like no other in Yash Chopra's Deewar. Not only is he willing to sacrifice personal equations with his clearly-popular brother (on and off screen) but also evoke the wrath of audience as he holds the latter to gun-point on account of duty above else.
Image: A scene from Deewar