Before ‘Jai Gangaajal’ came around, Priyanka Chopra had slipped into a khaki uniform in a few more films also, but her impressive act in this Prakash Jha directorial won her oodles of applause and appreciation. Released on 4th March, 2016, ‘Jai Gangaajal’ was a sequel to the 2003 hit action crime drama film ‘Gangaajal’ where Ajay Devgn had shouldered the responsibility of rooting out the seeds of corruption from Tezpur district in Bihar where he was posted as Superintendent of Police. The success and widespread critical acclaim the film got inspired filmmaker Prakash Jha to come up with its sequel. Finally, after a long wait of almost 12 years, he officially announced the film in 2015 with Priyanka Chopra as the lead.
Priyanka plays Superintendent of Police Abha Mathur in ‘Jai GangaaJal’. She is smart. She is shrewd. And she knows how to not bow down to the power of politics and corrupt politicians. She fights with the rampant corruption in her own department in an unruly district of Bankepur in Bihar, where the powerful have no respect for the law and society is suppressed under the weight of corrupt politicians and land grabbing mafias. Abha keeps her fight up against them and goes all out to ensure that justice reaches everyone.
PC, who was riding high on the success Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Bajirao Mastani’, did not disappoint her fans and critics with her act in ‘Jai Gangaajal’. She looks pitch perfect in the role of a super-cop. Pulling off actions scenes as if they were a cakewalk for her, she nailed her character like anything and proved that if cast in a proper role, she can do a miracle and give men a run for their money. Though the film did not set the box-office on fire, ‘Jai Gangaajal’ is considered one of the best films of Priyanka’s career.
After staying away from the arch light for almost two years, Rani Mukerji made a comeback to films and how. Her performance in the Pradeep Sircar directorial ‘Mardaani’, a hard-hitting film about human trafficking, proved she is an actress par excellence. There is no denying the fact that Rani is one of those few accomplished actress from Bollywood who can mould herself in any character, but her gritty and every bit brilliant performance in the crime thriller film ‘Mardaani’ reaffirmed her brilliance as an actress.
Released on 22nd, August, 2014, ‘Mardaani’ sees Rani Mukerji in the role of Shivani Shivaji Roy, a powerful, intelligent Senior Police Officer in the Mumbai Crime Branch. Shivani lives with her husband and niece. A teenage girl Pyaari, a street urchin once saved by her from railway station, also lives with them and is part of the small, happy family. But soon the happiness of the family is crashed when suddenly Pyaari goes missing. Initially, it looks like a case of kidnapping but Shivani soon finds out it is an organized racket functioning in the city. Her thorough investigation into the case leads her to uncover secrets of human trafficking. What ensues is a cat and rat chase between a cruel and callous mafia kingpin and brave cop head bent on bringing Pyaari and other girls forced into prostitution back.
Seen in a complete de-glam avatar, Rani Mukerji fits brilliantly into her character. Far from the pomp and show of regular masala cop films of Bollywood, ‘Mardaani’ brought applause worthy performance by Rani to the forefront. Critics showered their praise on her and so did the audience. Almost everyone said that Rani returned to movies with a role that did absolute justice to her calibre. She played her role to perfection in this film.
Actress Madhuri Dixit was on peak of her career when she decided to take a different route and played a cop in the Subhash Ghai directorial ‘Khalnayak’. Though the film had all important ingredients of a typical Madhuri Dixit entertainer like dance, drama and romance, ‘Khalnayak’ brought more to the fore and became an instant hit at the ticket window.
The story of the film revolves around Ballu Balram (Sanjay Dutt), country’s most wanted criminal who works for Don Roshida. Soon after being caught by the Police in connection with the murder of a politician and then put behind the bar in a jail led by warden Inspector Ram Kumar Sinha (Jackie Shroff), Ballu manages to run away, denting the reputation of Ram. To restore the reputation of her fiancé Ram, Ganga (Madhuri Dixit), who works as sub-inspector in a women’s prison, decides to pass herself off as a dancer and becomes a part of Ballu’s gang. Soon Ballu develops some feelings for her. Though she doesn’t reciprocate his love for her because she is already engaged to Ram, she develops sympathy for Ballu after knowing him better and what all he had gone through in his personal life. Going against the promise she made to Ram, Ganga decides to help Ballu escape the police again. While Ganga is arrested and charged with treason, Ballu meets his mother (Rakhee) for the first time after six years, only to find out she has been collaborating with Ram to save her son’s life. Once again, Ballu feels betrayed by everyone and now what all he wants is to become the world’s most dreaded villain. But once he comes to know that Ganga is about to go on trial for aiding him, he appears before the court and surrenders.
Released on 6th August, 1993, the film opened to packed houses all over India. The audience and critics unanimously praised the film, its gripping storyline, great performances and balanced direction. Madhuri Dixit’s sincere act of a secret police officer on duty to snare a deadly terrorist was liked by one and all. The success of the film re-established her position as the reigning queen of Bollywood.
Starring Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Reena Roy and Rajinikanth (who makes his Bollywood debut) in important roles and veterans like Pran, Danny Denzongpa, Amrish Puri, Madan Puri, Prem Chopra and Asrani in the supporting cast, ‘Andha Kanoon’ hits screens on 8th April, 1983. The film was a Hindi remake of the super hit Tamil film ‘Sattam Oru Iruttarai’ which was released in 1981. Just like the original, its remake also received phenomenal response from the audience and emerged as one of the most successful films of the year.
The film tells the story of a boy and a girl who witness the tragic murder of their father (Amitabh Bachchan) and the rape and killing of their sister by three men. The law fails to deliver justice to them as the crooked jailer says all three men were in prison at the time of the crime. The girl becomes a police official (Hema Malini) just to take revenge against those three men. On the other hand, the boy (Rajinikanth) grows up and avenges the deaths of his father and sister by killing the criminals.
Directed by the well-known south Indian filmmaker, T. Rama Rao, the film is remembered till date for its sterling performances. Rajnikanth, who is already known as the Bachchan of the south because of his Tamil films and immense popularity, makes an impressive debut in the film, but the actor who stole the whole limelight was Hema Malini, who is seen in the role of a woman cop in the film.
A gritty revenge drama, ‘Phool Bane Angaray’ is considered one of the best films Rekha has done in her illustrious career. Her performance of a woman cop who avenges the murder of her inspector husband was praised by all movie enthusiasts. Directed by K.C Bokadia, the movie also starred Rajinikanth in the lead. ‘Phool Bane Angaray’ was released on 12th July 1991 and opened to excellent occupancy across the country. Within a few days of its release, it was declared a hit at the box-office.
Talking about the story of the film, it opens with Dutta Babu (Parikshat Sahni), who had decided to contest elections against a corrupt and crooked gangster, Bishamber Prasad (Prem Chopra). Bishamber wields great power in his local area and using his clout he does not only rig the elections but also gets Dutta Babu murdered. Rajnit Singh, who is an honest and duty bound inspector, finds some evidences that make it more than clear that Bishamber is involved in the murder of Dutta, but his senior officer, DSP Ravi Khanna, prevents him from taking any action against Bishamber. Ranjit then bumps into stunning Namrata (Rekha), and falls head over heels in love with her and soon both get married and have two kids. But his happiness does not last long as he is killed by Bishamber’s sidekicks. Now embittered Namrata vows to avenge his death and joins Police.
Starring Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Tabu in pivotal roles, ‘Drishyam’ is an Indian thriller film directed by Nishikant Kamat and produced by Kumar Mangat, Ajit Andhare and Abhishek Pathak. Released on 31st July 2015, the film is the remake of Jeethu Joseph’s 2013 Malayalam film ‘Drishyam’. Upon its release, the film garnered mixed reviews and by the end of its run at the box-office emerged as a sleeper hit.
The story of the film revolves around an almost unlettered cable operator who lives happily with his wife and two beautiful daughters in a small Goan village. Life takes a drastic turn when the whole family is plunged into turmoil after his teenage daughter and wife unintentionally kill a young but lecherous boy who has attempted to blackmail the young girl into sexual favours one after surreptitiously recording a video of her naked on his mobile phone and threatening to put the same on the internet. Unfortunately, the boy who is murdered turns out to be the son of Goa’s Inspector General, Meera Deshmukh, a powerful character played by Tabu.
Though the film stars Ajay Devgn as the leading protagonist, but the luminous Tabu, who plays the Senior Police Officer, Meera Deshmukh in the film, steals the show with her well-balanced act. Ajay and Tabu had been romantically paired together in various Hindi films including ‘Takshak’, ‘Haqeeqat’ and ‘Vijaypath’, but here both are opponents. Tabu outdoes Ajay with her impressive performance. She is intense, restrained and emotional only where it is needed. In her formidable act, she remains subtle and convincing throughout the film, delivering a performance which earned her a lot of critical appreciation.
Hailed as one of the best Bollywood psychological crime thrillers, ‘Sangharsh’ is one of those films which get their right due years after their release. Released on 3rd September, 1999, the film is a Tanuja Chandra directorial featuring Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta and Ashutosh Rana in important roles. ‘Sangharsh’ received mixed reviews upon its release. Resultantly, the occupancy in cinema halls was lower than what the makers had thought. But the film became a big hit on the television. Since its release in 1999, the movie has seen hundreds of repeats and become popular among all sections of the audience.
The story of the film revolves around a trainee CBI officer, Reet Oberai (Preity Zinta) whose horrible childhood memories and the disgrace her brother’s involvement in the terrorist activities has brought to the family keep her haunting even today. Even then she is quite good at her job. Her boss is impressed by her dedication and assiduousness and hence entrusts her with the responsibility of nabbing a superstitious child-killer, Lajjashankar Pandey (Ashutosh Rana). In this difficult task, she is allowed to take the help of another criminal, Aman Verma (Akshay Kumar).
Despite being paired opposite superstar Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, who was comparatively new at that point of time, managed to deliver a performance which remains searingly etched on viewers’ mind till date. Her act of a cop woman was praised by all and sundry. ‘Sangharsh’ is said to be a frame to frame copy of a Hollywood movie, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. However, this factor alone should not be the basis of sidelining the film as one of the best psychological thrillers made in Bollywood.
Featuring Bipasha Basu, Irrfan Khan and Dino Morea in prominent roles, ‘Gunaah’ was a thriller film, which released on 20th September, 2002. Directed by debutant Amol Shetge, the movie was written and produced by one of the most prolific filmmakers and writers of Bollywood, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt.
The film tells the story of tough cop Prabha Narayan (Bipasha Basu), who has had a very troubled past, memories of which keep haunting her even today. An illegitimate daughter of a prostitute, Prabha was once forced to commit a murder, and now she believes that if she manages to reform even one murdered, she can clear her conscience and live peacefully. On the other hand, there is Bad cop Pandey (Irrfan Khan), who keeps bulling his junior Prabha for no reasons. The two never leave any chance to insult the other.
Prabha’s life changes forever when a criminal named Aditya (Dino Morea) enters her life. Aditya is a good guy who is forced to take the wrong route of crime. Soon Prabha finds herself caught in her charm and falls in love with him. In him she finds the person who she can reform, but circumstances leads to the point where she has no option except killing him.
Upon its release, the film sank at the box-office without a trace, but Bipasha did win acclaim for playing a female cop to perfection. Her hot khaki look in the film made her become the latest toast of the town.
‘Samay: When Time Strikes’ is a thriller film which hit theatres on 10th October, 2003. Featuring Sushmita Sen and Sushant Singh as cops, the film was praised for the brilliant direction of Robby Grewal and sensible screenplay by Samir Kohli. The movie keeps the audience hooked to their seats and guessing what it may come to by the end.
ACP Malvika Chauhan (Sushmita Sen) is a widowed mother of a daughter aged 10. She is in charge of the investigation of a murder case where the killer leaves some sort of a pattern with each kill and as the dots are connected after a series of events, the story unveils a pretty shocking climax than expected from typical Bollywood thrillers.
Sushmita was very much praised by critics as well as the audience for her portrayal of an intense crime investigator. The way her character runs through the case of a murder mystery, seemingly impossible to solve, and how it makes her walk an alley to the past, is all you need to see in the movie. Though the shade Sushmita has taken up for the role is quite monochromatic and serious yet her charm never fades, be it her scenes at the eyewear clinic or her conversation with Amod Parekh (Jackie Shroff), the culprit. The movie was well received at the box office and made it to the grosser list of the year.
Directed by noted director Nikhil Advani, ‘D-day’ is an action thriller film released in the year of 2013. Boasting of an impressive line-up of actors including Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, Irrfan Khan, Shruti Haasan and Rishi Kapoor in the prominent roles, the movie opened to mixed reviews and decent occupancy at the box-office all over India.
The story of the movie revolves around a Goldman (Rishi Kapoor) being chased by the prestigious Indian investigation agency RAW who has been living undercover in India for 9 years. The time takes a toll on him when a retired commissioner forms a squad of 5 to hook him up while he is out of his safety protocol, just to attend his son’s wedding in Pakistan. With the twist and turns of the maze the story ends on a note having good conquered over the bad.
Well, the movie had known faces and great actors like Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan khan, despite that Huma Qureshi manages to shine as an explosive expert, Zoya Rehman. Her intensity in the scenes while Pakistan is trying to demean India and enemies shooting like crazy, shows another side of the actress and she pulls it off with grace with that gun in her hand and the wrath on her face. With a role of an average screen time she makes her presence marked and doesn’t let the audience feel the monotony of a film with no typical female character in lead. Prior to ‘D-Day’ the actress hasn’t had any remarkable roles to show her acting prowess, yet this movie happened to be another experiment for her which was received well by the audience and critics both.