Bollywood’s fascination with policemen goes a long way back, with nearly all actors having played a cop at some point in their career.
In the real world, they may not wear a uniform, but they rub shoulders with city cops on a regular basis.
From performing at police events to inaugurating books written by top officers and supporting their initiatives, Bollywood stars are always there for the cops.
On Monday, August 18, Ajay Devgn — who, incidentally, plays a cop in his latest film — and director Rohit Shetty, donated two cars for patrolling purposes to the state’s police force. This was reportedly their way of saying ‘thank you’ for the support they received during the shooting of their film.
Other Bollywood stars have also gone out of their way to maintain cordial ties with policemen: Amitabh Bachchan launched a book written by additional commissioner of police, north Mumbai, Brijesh Singh. Also, the annual Mumbai Police show, Umang, has seen everyone — from Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor, to Kareena Kapoor Khan and Katrina Kaif — perform on stage, and present awards to the cops and their families.
What makes stars go out of their way for the cops?
Trade analyst Vikas Mohan says, "It’s a form of reciprocation. Actors make these friendly gestures towards politicians and cops to stay in their good books. They are not promotional strategies, but a way of keeping healthy ties and aiding social causes."
Last year, the then commissioner of police, Satyapal Singh, had organised a police, film and TV industry interface program with the idea of makingmovies and television a way to effect positive social change.
Veteran writer Salim Khan, who was present at this do, says, "It’s not new [for celebrities to make such appearances]. Relationships should be maintained, and such interactions [with the police] are important and necessary."
Talking about the recent event, and why he donated vehicles to the police force, Ajay says he felt "immense pride in giving the cars, and being able to contribute in a small way to the diligent police force that works towards ensuring our safety continuously".
Trade expert Amod Mehra also adds that "it is good to maintain relationships; and there is nothing wrong with it. Everybody needs everybody at some point."