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The cop act

Bollywood’s big boys are all playing police this season. We take a look at who’s donning khaaki for which film.

bollywood Updated: Apr 22, 2012 00:35 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

Be it the Chulbul Pandey of Dabangg or Bajirao Singham of Singham or inspector Vijay Khanna from Zanjeer in the past, the role of a cop has always been a hit in Bollywood. And, if a host of upcoming bollywood films is anything to go by, this fascination with the uniform continues as lots of stars will be seen giving sleepless nights to goons in their upcoming cop avatars.

Be it Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, John Abraham or Arjun Rampal, it’s the big guys who will be at their action best as they bring alive their cop character on screen. Here’s taking a look at all those to watch out for.

Salman Khan
Age: 46
For: Dabangg 2
Actor Salman Khan is all set to recreate the magic of inspector Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg 2, which is the sequel to the hit 2010 film, Dabangg. The movie is helmed by actor-turned-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan and also stars Sonakshi Sinha. “Salman will be seen a new avatar of Chulbul in the sequel. So wait and watch, I can assure you that the wait will be worth it,” says Arbaaz.

Aamir Khan
Age:
47
For: Talaash
Talaash, which is being directed by Reema Kagti, will see actor Aamir Khan returning to the role of a police officer after 13 years.
The last time Aamir wore khaaki on reel was for his hit Sarfarosh, back in 1999. Reportedly, Aamir, who was last seen on the big screen in 2011 in Dhobi Ghat, and will soon be seen hosting his show on the small screen, will be seen essaying the role of a tough cop who investigates in style and sports a moustache in the film. Touted as one of the most-anticipated films of 2012, the psychological thriller also stars Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji.

Arjun Rampal
Age: 39
For: Chakravyuh and Jai Ramji
To prepare for Prakash Jha's Chakravyuh, Rampal reportedly met a few top cops in Delhi. Jha even conducted an extensive workshop to change Rampal’s on-screen personality. Rampal will also be seen playing cop in for Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Jai Ramji, in which his character is based on a real cop from Allahabad. "The character is as much into aesthetics and arts as he is into nabbing criminals," says Dhulia.

Sanjay Dutt
Age: 52
For: Zilla Ghaziabad and Department.
While Dutt’s role in Zilla Ghaziabad is reportedly based on the life of notorious policeman Pritam Singh of Bulandshahr who was gunned down in 1998, in RGV’s Department he plays Inspector Mahadev Bhonsle - the leader of an encounter squad. "Sanjay plays an intense character. He isn't all black or white. He has shades of grey in him," says RGV.

Rana Daggubati
Age: 27
For: Department
Rana, who made his film debut with Dum Maaro Dum, will be seen in a cop's avatar in RGV's Department. "I wanted to get all the details and nuances right. I got to spend some time with the police officers in the gym ... we even had to change my routines,” says Rana.

Randeep Hooda
Age: 35
For: Jannat 2
After playing a cop in two films, Risk and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Randeep will be seen playing a cop in Kunal Deshmukh’s Jannat 2. He plays a Delhi cop, who is emotionally distraught and an alcoholic. "While preparing for the role and shooting, I began to like drinking a lot. It took a lot of will power to not depend on it. I can understand how tough it is to quit drinking,” says Randeep

Anil Kapoor
Age: 53
For: Tezz and Shootout at Wadala
Anil will be seen playing a cop in two of his upcoming films, Tezz and Shootout at Wadala. Talking about his role in Tezz, he said, “I play a London based anti-terrorism law enforcement officer, who likes to look like a film star.” In Shootout... he will play a police officer modelled on the life of real life cop Isaqe Bagwan — a Mumbai Police encounter specialist.

Ram Charan Tej
Age: 27
For: Zanjeer remake
Telugu actor Ramcharan Tej will play the role of police inspector Vijay which was immortalised by actor Amitabh Bachchan in the original 1973 film . Talking about the role, Teja was quoted as saying, “I know what I’m attempting is a mammoth task. I’d let my silence speak louder than my words.”

John Abraham
Age: 39
For: Kala Ghoda
After playing the role of ACP Yashvardhan in Force (2011), John will be seen donning the uniform for director Aditya Bhattacharya's upcoming film, Kala Ghoda. The movie is a story of two cops — one hard-nosed and no-nonsense, played by John, and the other an ineffectual bumbling cop, played by Kunaal Roy Kapoor. "It’s going to be a dark comedy featuring two cops,” says John.

Akshay Kumar
Age:
44
For: Rowdy Rathore
The actor, who was last seen on the big screen in comedy caper Housefull 2, will be seen in the role of a tough cop in his upcoming film, Rowdy Rathore, which also stars Sonakshi Sinha. Talking about his role in the Prabhudeva production, Akki says, "The strength of this film is that I have done hardcore action after 5-6 years. There’s retro action from the 1970s."