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TOP COP MOVIES IN BOLLYWOOD.

I just felt like going through some of the best cop/police movies made in Bollywood. As my exposure to cinema began in the late 90’s I am a little partial to that decade. You people can add some of your best cop(police) movies through the years, but my focus will remain mostly on the post-90’s era as I am well versed with this period more(I will soon start seeing more and more of Bollywood movies from the 50’s,60’s,70’s,80’s as and when I get the time and the torrents file on the internet.).

So, let us begin… Some of my favourite cop movies in Bollywood till date.

1.Zanjeer- The ‘definitive’ Bollywood cop movie that catapulted Amitabh Bachchan to long lasting Stardom. Inspector Vijay guns down the Bad Guys and avenges his parent’s death. With a henna-haired Pathan for company Inspector Vijay was an honest cop forever. Amitabh Bachchan OWNED the movie and how can one ignore the Unforgetable- “Yeh Police Station hain, tumhare baap ka ghar nahi.”
RATING – 2.5/5

2.Shakti-Ashwani Kumar(Dilip Kumar in a ‘cracker’ of a role) chooses the law above his family, even when his son is kidnapped. He ends up losing Vijay(Amitabh Bachchan) to the world of crime. Masala Bollywood Movie never looked much better with these two icons setting the screen on fire.
RATING – 5/5

3.Ardh Satya-Om Puri as Anant Velankar pitches in a Wonderful performance as an honest cop, who is remorselessly sucked into the corrupt system. A GOOD WATCH….!!!
RATING – 3/5

4.Sarfarosh-A Gripping thriller that had ACP Ajay Singh Rathore(Aamir Khan in a splendid performance) unmask the unlikely spy from Pakistan. A first of its kind of slickly produced thrilling drama. Directed with a strong intention by John Mathew Manthan, the film was a first to name ‘the names’ as ‘videshi taaqat’ finally became ‘Pakistan’. A Riveting Film to watch.Not to be missed.
RATING – 3/5

5.Shool-An underrated gem from the Badlands of Bihar,Inspector Samar Pratap Singh(Manoj Bajpayee) takes on the local henchman Bachhu Yadav(Sayaji Shinde in a brilliant role) and goes down all guns blazing. A mesmerizing act by manoj that got overshadowed by Manoj’s ‘Bhiku Mhatre’ character of Satya.Raveena Tandon in one of her best performances till date. The films sure to bring a lump in your throat(happens rarely to me) seeing the unfairness happening to Manoj’s character. This is the “BAAP” of Singham as far as the conflicts between the Hero & the villain goes…. Shilpa Shetty sizzles with ‘main aayi hoon UP-Bihar lootne’(mother of munni badnaam hui)…!!!
RATING – 4/5

6.Gangaajal-Prakash Jha fictionalises the Bhagalpur killings of the 1980’s in a gripping film that reprises the honest cop v/s corrupt politician angle. If you thought ‘Singham’ was entertaining, you haven’t seen the ‘Hard Hitting Truthness’ of Gangaajal…Absolute treat to watch….Shows just why Ajay Devgn is one of the most ‘respected’ actors around.Not to forget the absolute fascinating supporting cast who do full justice to their cop roles. “Aankh Dikha tha hain, madar jaat”—EPIC!!
RATING – 4/5

7.Khakee-Amitabh Bachchan & Akshay Kumar are cops escorting a dreaded terrorist. Bachchan’s introduction and the monologue at the Village Fair is a KILLER. So is Akshay’s role as the junior cop who is sharp and witty. Aishwarya and Tusshar sleepwalk through their roles though but Ajay Devgn as the Villian is just about convincing. The film belongs to Bachchan-Kumar all the way. This is deffo better then ‘Waqt:A Race Against Time’ and Akshay’s death scene is MIND-BLOWING. It also has some melodius songs.
RATING – 4/5

8.Black Friday-Anurag Kashyap’s reconstruction of the investigation into the 1993 Bombay Blasts is not strictly a cop film. But it has Kay Kay Menon in crisp act as a top cop,Rakesh Maria.No need to elaborate more on the film.I just feel short of words while talking about Black Friday. The interrogation scene between Rakesh Maria(Kay Kay Menon) & Baadshah Khan(Splendid Aditya Srivastav-CID guy) will stay with you forever.
RATING – 4.5/5

9.Sehar-This taut thriller is set in Uttar Pradesh is an under-rated/forgotten gem. Arshad Warsi shines as the head of a special task force, which chases down the brutal local mafia with the help of a professor. Truly a master class thriller. A MUST WATCH GEM….!!!!
RATING – 3.5/5

10.Dabangg-The movie needs no words to define the cult status it has achieved among the cine goers(Classes included).Salman Khan Sizzles the screen and completely OWNS the film.He comes up with an AWESOME performance and gives hindi filmdom the totally Bad Ass CHULBUL PANDEY.(I just LOVE it when he says ‘hamara naam hain chulbul pandey,hum yaha ke robinhood hain’).The film dint work for me but salman as Chulbul was a relevation and awesome to watch. He was as comfortable doing a jig with munni as he was when beating the pulp out of cheddi singh. “Hum tumhe itne ched karenge……” ?
RATING-2.5/5

11.Singham-Ajay Devgn again gives us a sizzling performance as Bajirao Singham in this one.Wonderfully directed by the new ‘masala’ king Rohit Shetty the clashes between Devgn & Prakash Raj(another delightful character in the movie) are a treat to watch. The Konkan Backdrop lends a complete rawness to the film and the rest of the supporting cast(as cops) act ably well.Ashok Saraf’s monologue in the pre-climax is worth watching. “Zarka tumhi loka ni hi phillum nahi pahili tar majhi Satkel….”
RATING – 3.5/5

12.Wanted-The ‘comeback’ film of the SUPERSTAR(read Rockstar IMO).What a film and what a performance again by the baddest of them all…SALMAN KHAN….Salman never played salman better in any movie then in wanted.Totally suave,cool with right amount of sarcastic humour in his talk and swagger in his walk….salman makes the film delightful all the way.Prakash Raj in another superb role.Mahesh Majrekar too pitches in one heck of a performance.great songs,good supporting cast and a ‘commitment’ fulfilled…this south-remake is up there with the likes of ghajini & singham for me….truly deserved a 150cr+ net in India…this film is a 1-man army all the way….!!
RATING – 4/5

13.Deewar-Forget Amitabh Bachchan’s stellar performance for a while and you get to see a bravo performance from Shashi Kapoor as the ‘honest cop/bhai’ to the bad guy. Deewar’s Inspector Ravi who arguably owns the most famous comeback line in Bollywood: “Mere pass maa hain”. I don’t consider myself worthy of praising this movie much more then it already has been done by more greater mortals. “A MUST-MUST-MUST WATCH”
RATING – “BEYOND RATING”

14.Aakrosh-a gem of a movie,highly underrated which was released in 2010.set in the backdrop of honour killings,two CBI officers investigate the case and find themselves in dirty politics. Akshaye Khanna as the CBI officer is good but its Ajay Devgn once again whose portrayal as the brave officer steals the limelight…it would be a Sin to not mention Paresh Rawal performance as the corrupt cop in this film. Bollywood vilians can take a lesson or two from paresh on how to be MEAN to the CORE till the ending of the film.
RATING – 4/5

15.Indian-Sunny Deol as a Cop is fascinating to watch and that’s where ‘Indian’ scores.A film which has the charismatic ‘Sunny Paaji Moments’ like in Gadar but totally justified.Watch out for the monologue by sunny where he explains to a senior officer at a police meeting as to how the ‘aam junta’ views the police force as equal to garbage….spectacular performance..!!
RATING – 3/5

16.Shootout at Lokhandwala-one heck of a film which I can go on raving about for ages.a movie that blew me away from start to end.splendidily directed by apoorva lakhia and extracting super performances from the likes of sanjay dutt,viviek oberoi and sunil shetty is no easy task.Viviek excels in his portrayal of maya dolas but sanjay dutt also matches to vivek frame to frame with his “main teri G maarunga” act.SUPERB…!!!
RATING-3.5/5

17.Garv-If any film deserves all the accolades it gets its Garv.Highly Under-rated(even by many salman fans).What a movie and what a sterling performance by Salman Khan.If there was any cop who could beat Chulbul Pandey at his own game I think you don’t need to look ahead of ACP Arjun Ranawat. A hard hitting film to the core it is enjoyable and intense at the same time. I sometimes pity salman fans as they don’t make such films of ‘bhai’ a Blockbuster(instead of pathetic Ready & average Bodyguard). A MUST WATCH FILM….The Interrogation scene is like out of this world…. Salman in a role of a lifetime…Easily one of his top5 movies in his career….!!! The cross sign sallu makes with his hands is worth a Whistle….!!
RATING – 4.5/5

18.Kurukshetra-Sanjay Dutt as the honest cop steals the limelight big time in this movie which came shortly after a spectacular Vaastav(which was MIND-BLOWING in itself). This movie went largely unnoticed as the content was not upto the mark. But sanjay’s cop act is worth a watch.Ably Supported in a Gem of a role by Sayaji Shinde
RATING – 2.5/5

19.Ram Lakhan-If you are in the mood of watching some Masaledaar Bollywood Movie with fun,action,emotions and drama thrown in right amounts then treat yourself to this absolute fun ride of a movie.Anil’s cop act will leave you in splits and Jackie Shroff(also as a cop) acts well. With all the usual suspects(madhuri,anupam kher) in place this one’s a joyride all the way. “One two Ka four,Four two ka One….My name is Lakhan….!!!”
RATING – 3/5

20.Aan: Men at work-Again a hard hitting underrated cop movie with fabulous performances from akshay,sunil,paresh and shatrughan sinha.A Superb portrayal of how politics and business heads try and manipulate the police force and let the Mumbai mafia get away with their illegal activities. If sunil’s performance strikes a chord with you then paresh’s performance also makes you go ROFL. But it’s akshay kumar once again who steals the show with some superb acting and killer dialogues.One of madhur bhandarkar’s underrated gems….do give it a watch…!!.. “peeche se ghusaaunga(danda),aage se nikalunga…”…akki at his best…!!
RATING – 3.5/5

21.Ab Tak Chappan-Nana Patekar in an applause worthy role.Backed by RGV,this shimit amin’s debut movie is riveting from start to end.Though the pace dips sometimes but the execution of the film is BRILLIANT. Watch it for Nana Patekar all the way…this one’s deffo better and miles ahead of Shagird.
RATING – 2.5/5

22.Mumbai Meri Jaan-Though not essentially a cop movie,the movie is based on the aftermaths of 7/11 mumbai train blasts and has four tracks running in the movie.But unanimously the Paresh Rawal track steals your heart away totally.Ably supported by Vijay Maurya as his junior Paresh steals the film away as a retiring policeman. His dialogue delivery,expressions and the way he goes about his role are just Fantastic. There is humour in his dialogues & pain in his past story. His perofrmances in aakrosh and Aan are too good but this one owns them all by a margin. Two scenes that show extreme superiority are one when Paresh explains to his junior(vijay maurya) how he got deceived by the rich class when he tried to unearth a scam & second is easily one of the best scenes Cinema history will ever see…Paresh Rawal’s End Monologue to his colleagues at the police station.
RATING – 3.5/5

23.Dum-Vivek Oberoi plays a troubled cop who gets unfair treatment from the system. One of the most honest and daring attempts of cop movies made in India in date. The picturisation of ‘jaan main dum’ song is absolutely brilliant and ‘babuji zarra dheere chalo’ is not to be missed.Vivek plays his part well with good supporting performances from sushant singh & atul kulkarni.
RATING – 2/5

Well that’s my list…you can add yours and also have a nice(sane) discussion on movies I mentioned. hope u all liked reading it……awaiting your thoughts and comments…

*Suprisingly,hrithik has never done a Cop movie till now(I guess) and SRK tried with ‘One Two ka Four’ but let’s not get into that crap right now….sadly,srk & hrithik are missing big time from the above list..
*there was this movie called Shiva, directed by RGV and nagarjuna in lead role….havent seen it so dint name it….but heard it’s one of the best and it was also there in milind’s top 100.
*women cop stories are hardly made and even if they are made they aren’t upto the mark(like say ‘silence of the lambs’)…the only 2 movies that remind me of well made women cop stories are Samay(sushmita sen in a good role) and tesawini(OTT all the way).
*as u will notice,most of the cop/police stories are located in the badlands of UP/Bihar or in Mumbai region…..the mass connect when stories are based on these regions seems to be very high.

*the cop movies to look forward to are :-

Don2(PC playing a Kickass cop)
Department(RGV,Bachchan,Rana,Sanju and some tough cops in the mix…can’t get better)
Shootout at Wadala(prequel to lokhandwala…..anil kapoor as isaque bhagwan….totally must watch for me)
Zilla Ghaziabad(hearing gr8 things about it till now….hope it impresses)
Rowdy Rathore(Akki back with a BLAST…. ”Ilaaka tera, Dhamaka Mera….!!!”)
Talaash(Aamir….u the hope…u the magician…..u the Gem man…!!)

THANK YOU.

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23 COMMENTS
  1. Serenzy

    All these ratings for all films are strictly IMHO….

    Please dont argue with me on that matter and instead put forward your honest views.

    That will be much more appreciated.

    :)

  2. Serenzy

    @ aryan especially.

    Here are my favourite salman performances(NOT FILMS)

    I forgot to mention it in ur post before aryan and as u know i am not ver much well versed with salman’s 90′s filmography.

    So here are my Fav salman performances which i cant limit to top5 as best as i tried.
    :)

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    Not in any particular order…best salman performances and not Best Salman films…..Movie mentioned with My Ratings on those movies.

    Hum Aapke Hain Kaun – BEYOND RATING

    Judwaa – 3.5/5

    Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam – 4/5

    Tere Naam – 5/5

    Garv – 4.5/5

    Lucky – 4/5(one of my fav romantic films whose worth no salman fan till date has realised alongwith ‘Phir Milenge’….I am sadly depressed to see such a state)

    Wanted – 4/5

    Phir Milenge – 4.5/5

    ^
    These were some of my favourite salman performances with the RATINGS for the respective movies.

    Special Mention
    Heroes
    Hello Brother
    Veer
    Dabangg.

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    i am shouting my throat out to many NG-ians here to recco me some salman films of the 90′s but nobody has stepped forward till now…
    Please do the needful piyush,danish,aryan & naveed…
    Salman’s BEST film’s of the 90′s only.

  3. suprabh

    I agree with most films in this list

    The ones that I do not agree with are:

    Dewaar

    Garv (it was one of the most disastrous movies for me..especially in terms of direction)

    Indian (sunny deol one)– I was a huge sunny deol fan back then and I still can watch ghatak ghayal damini anyday…but Indian wasnt a good film for me…totally over the top even for sunny standards..useless shouting all the time

    Ram Lakhan– it was so not a cop movie for me

    Haven’t seen Aakrosh

    the best one in this list and probably the best performance as a cop in Hindi movies for me, would have to be SHOOL.

  4. Manish

    @serenzy what is ur definition of cop movie ??? i mean is it a movie with just 1 hero as cop ???

    I think cop movie can be used for movies which are abt the life of police officers or their journey or a particular case …

    I dont think

    Ram lakhan
    Deewar
    Shootout at lokhandwala was more abt the journey of an underworld don than a cop movie so again i wd nt put it here..

    ABOVE IS JUST AN OBSERVATION , i dont think one call them cop movies
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    Amongst the rest i wont put aakrosh in it .. it was blatant copying from mississippi burning which was 1000 times better than this

    Indian i dont remember

    Singham I wd never put it here , it was prabably the worst cop movie i have ever seen .. the dialoguebaazi etc was all good but its Axn was enough to put me offf … wanted , dabanng action was crore times better than this ..

    For me singhsm is an average movie which cd have been good had he directed and conceptualized better axn scenes

  5. Manish

    Shoool ,
    Khaaki ,
    Gangajal
    Zanzeer
    are like Cult cop movies for me .. absolutely love them .. rest all are very good cop movies with the exception i made but these 4 are beyond rating for me

  6. Roy

    Nice post Serenzy. Did you write this before Don2 and posting now?

    Shiva is not a cop movie.. It is a movie of youth caught up in a fight against some gangsters ..

    liked your list, don’t agree with ratings.

    Other cop movies (though all are pretty average)
    Baade Miyan Chotte Miya
    Tiraanga
    Shahenshah
    Khalnayak
    Thanedaar
    Dum Maaro Dum

    this gives me an idea for the next series – serenzy, maybe next week you can come up with a best courtroom dramas in Bollywood .. or has someone already?

  7. Manish

    dont come with courtroom drama or else our mod rooney who is lawyer will blast all court room dramas of Bollywood as they are mostly unrealistic in Bollywood ;) :D

    1. suprabh

      Roy– i like do aankhen barah haath for its concept but It wasn’t really THE COP movie..although whatever it was..I liked it

  8. Roy

    agree sup. i wouldn’t put deewar, shakti, ram lakhan as cop movies as well..

    cop movies is where the cop (protagonist) should be chasing something. This list needs to be revised

  9. shetty

    No mention of Sehar? I refuse to read this post

  10. shetty

    Oops spoke to early. I can see Sehar in the list :)

    Govinda’s Khuddar can be added to the list too

  11. dwnpiyush

    @Serenzy

    I haven’t seen many films from the list- but here the ones I don’t agree with

    Wanted- It was kick-ass but hardly a cop film.
    Deewar- Beyond rating, but again hardly a cop film.
    Garv- Though the story/concept was as good or bad as his later films- it was treated like retrograde masala. I enjoyed it, but it definitely doesn’t deserve this high a rating.

    Rest either I agree or haven’t seen.

    On Salman films as you ask- surprisingly you like many of the most panned Salman films.

    Lucky was good while it lasted- but has no repeat value- had a unique concept though (don’t know if it was original), and superb visuals

    On his 90s films that I love

    Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kiya
    Jab Pyaar Kisi se hota hai
    Biwi Number 1
    Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
    Hum Saath Saath Hain
    Veergati
    Karan Arjun
    Judwaa
    Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
    Love
    Ek Ladka Ek Ladki
    Auzaar (Liked it as a kid, but haven’t seen it subsequently- same for Hello Brother and Suryavanshi)

    Even Baaghi was good

    Movies of his you should never attempt watching
    Nischay
    Sangdil Sanam
    Jaagruti
    Yeh Majhdaar
    Kurbaan (though it has some good songs)
    Sanam Bewafa (it was a superhit, but I couldn’t complete it)

  12. Arise_Awake

    Agree with Suprabh on Deewar point, some movies in the list are not Cop movies, Anyways, zanjeer will be counted as culturally significant Cop movie, But IMHO, Ardhya Satya is THE BEST COP Movie , distant in the list will be Sehar, Shool( just for performance), Sarfarosh n few more ….

  13. Serenzy

    okay people the title was misleading.
    Sorry….!

    I was developing this post since november you see…..So as and when some movies having some good cop characters came into my mind i started writing about those movies.

    and i was writing this post before Don2 @roy.

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    “serenzy what is ur definition of cop movie ??? i mean is it a movie with just 1 hero as cop ???

    @ manu….i was writing just for fun and added more and more movies to just get a larger view….when i first wrote i had only 8 movies but sice than the list came to 22….

  14. Serenzy

    @ shetty

    havent seen Drohkal.

    Thnx u mentioned it.

  15. aryan29

    @Serenzy good post buddy.. and finally glad to know your best performances of Salman Khan. liked your mentions of phir milenge lucky and heroes . they were highly underrated. and what are your views about jaan- e-mann.

    coming back to the post i have same views so no need to mention it again that deewar shootout etc were not cop films.agree with you on Garv it was definitely under rated film it was very good if not great. films with which i disagree in ur list

    aakrosh
    aan
    dum
    indian

    deewar dabangg sarfarosh and wanted all 4 stars.but Khakhee is like a CULT cop film for me.5 out of 5 rating for me.simply fantastic. films like singham 3 stars.

    i have made this comment in hurry browsing thrgh mobile

  16. aryan29

    About the recommendations piyush has mentioned almost all. i will add few more great films to watch
    saajan
    baaghi
    khamoshi
    bandhan
    phool aur angarey

    among all my most fav films of salman from 90s are which i will recommend you specially
    AAA ( u have seen it )
    Biwi no 1
    judwa ( u have seen it )
    pyar kia to darna kya
    veergati
    karan arjun (u must have seen it )
    love (best romantic film of salman one of the best performance of his carrer
    jab pyar kisise hota hai ( i watch it repeatedly whenever i get time just superb )

    har.dil.jo.pyar karega and dulhan hum le jyenge are also good fun romantic.films.but they were released.in year 2000

  17. Serenzy

    @ aryan & piyush

    Finally thnx for helping me out…..would really love to see salman’s 90′s work as i wasnt familiar with his work of the 90′s like i am with SRK,aami,akshay and even Ajay.

    Have also seen anil,sanjay dutt and sunny deol’s 90′s work but missed salman’s somehow.

    …………………………………

    I liked veer very much but i can never undrstand y gems like Phir Milenge and Lucky flopped.

    i watched Lucky 3 times in theatre….3 TIMES…!!!!!
    Even u and danish wouldnt have done it….

    dont know why but i really LOVE it soooo soooo much…and mind you i was only 13 back than so no simlarities with my life story and such.

    beautiful film with wonderful visuals…jsut the end shud have been better.

    Salman looks Greek GOd like in d film adn sneha perfects the innocent girl act.

    and d song SUn Zara….OMG….OMG…OMG…!!!!
    no words to describe it….

    The Russian settings are Awesome.

    4/5

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    Aryan,

    I have an almost inverted opinion on jaan-e-mann

    It was spactucal crap IMO….Spectacular Crap.
    ‘DInt like it at all….just a little bit praise worthy bcz of salman act…little much though….rest i hate it….awful akshay and more awful Priety(whom i like very much)

    2/5

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    @! piyush..

    haha….even i noticed that….i like many sallu films which arent even talkeb abt by his own fans a lot espc. Lucky and Phir milenge.
    i was Sad the day Veer dint collect huge…!!

    on the contrary i dont like London Dreams at all(CRAP)…I find MPK striclty avg and little over acting by the leads….!
    looks like there is some heavy chemical locha in my brain regarding salman.
    :)

  18. Sahil19

    OK list but go for Shool, Khakee, Zanjeer, aan and so on as cop based movie. I remember during 90s, akki used play a cop in nearly all his movies, the cop uniform suited him the most.

  19. Nirjhar

    Very Good list and description Serenzy … have reservation abt a few though, but others have already said abt them

    You should see “Drohkaal” … its a very good movie

    One more very good performance as a cop is Anupam Kher is in “A Wednesday”

    But, I want to share another actor whom we grew up seeing in countless movies as cop and before we knew his name we use to refer him as Mr. Police Officer … he is late actor “Iftekhar” … he was a character actor who donned the police officer roles most number of times in hindi cinema … would love to how many times, Tango can you help?

    [img]http://www.naachgaana.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/220px-Iftekhar_Khan_(d.1995).jpg[/img]

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