Indore’s famed dancing traffic cop, Ranjeet Singh, will soon be sharing screen space with none other than the Big B of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, on the latter’s reality show Aaj ki Raat hai Zindagi, a show whose premise is to highlight the efforts of common people working to bring positive change in society.
We caught up with the star cop on his return to Indore after his day-long shoot with the mega star in Mumbai.
Visibly excited, Rajneet said, “I feel privileged to have been recognised for my work. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that the way I perform my duty is helping people become aware about traffic rules and road safety.”
So how was it working alongside Big B? “He (Amitabh Bachchan) said he has never seen a cop like me in India and was very impressed with my work. It is an encouragement in its own way when such words of appreciation are coming from a personality like Amitabh Bachchan. You feel more confident about yourself and want to work harder than before,” he said.
Ranjeet’s episode will showcase what he has done for society while performing his duties as a traffic cop. Also, as per the show’s concept, two of his wishes will be fulfilled.
“Bachchan ji gave me the opportunity to fulfil two of my dreams as part of the show’s concept. I would not reveal the dreams before the broadcast of my episode, as it is a surprise for my fans. But I am grateful to him (Bachchan) and the show’s team for making it possible,” he said.
The modest cop, who is now a celebrity in his own right, is all praises for Santosh Kumar Singh, the deputy inspector general (DIG) Indore.
“This would not have been possible if DIG sir did not have faith in me. He has been my constant motivation. He took personal interest in completing all the formalities and getting permissions required for the show by the department to be cleared without wasting any time.”
Ranjeet is fondly called ‘Singham Ranjeet’ by thousands of fans he has garnered on social networking websites.
Sporting aviators glasses, a black wrist band on his right hand, a watch on the other, a thick moustache and a walkie-talkie, this moon-walking cop has taken under his wing several other constables.
“This city definitely needs more Ranjeets. I have around 15 constables going through training to look and work just as I do. Youngsters were not very keen on joining the traffic department earlier, but the scenario is changing. It is an honour for me to know that people aspire to become like me,” he said.