Actors who play Cops Regularly!

BollyCurry presents you a list of Bollywood actors who have played cops quite regularly on-screen.

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The ultimate job of the police is to preserve the law, keep the peace and protect the people and their properties. It is a cliche that in Bollywood movies they always arrive late at the crime scene once the hero has thrashed all the baddies to pulp, but there are certain cops who give the villain sleepless nights. This week, BollyCurry presents you a list of Bollywood actors who have played cops quite regularly on-screen.

In the yesteryear movies, it was actor Iftekhar Khan who was famous for playing cop roles. He played a range of ranks from the Police Commissioner in Galiyon Ke Badshah,Yudh and Ram Tera Desh, the Inspector General in Paap Ko Jalaa Kar Raakh Kar Doonga and Senior Police Officer in Itihas and Insaniyat Ka Dushman. His role in Zanjeer as the cop though tiny also left an impact. His most famous role, however, was undoubtedly in Don where he hires a simpleton named Vijay, trains him and plants him as Don.

Next is the Khiladi Kumar, Akshay Kumar, who has donned the khaki uniform in a lot of movies. In Mohra he played Amar Saxena who avenges his father's death and Karan Joglekar in Mein Khiladi Tu Anari who seeks revenge for his brother's murder. He then played Sr Inspector Shekhar in Khakee for who the lines between good and bad had blurred out long time ago, and finally Vikram rathore, an honest courageous cop in Rowdy Rathore. He has also played the role effortlessly in Police Force, Aan Men at Work and pretended to be one in Khiladi 786.

How can we miss our Dabangg Khan from this list? Salman Khan started his stint as a police officer by playing Inspector Sooraj in Patthar Ke Phool who was in love with an underworld don's daughter. Later he played Inspector Arjun Ranawat in Garv Pride and Honour who takes the law in his own hands and the IPS Officer Rajveer Shekhawat in Wanted who works undercover and whose presence is enough to frighten corrupt police officers and villains. However his most popular role as a cop was Chulbul Pandey, a corrupt but endearing police officer in the Dabangg Franchise.

Sanjay Dutt is the next actor who has played the cop to perfection in quite a few movies. He played Inspector Amar Sharma in Taqatwar, Inspector Suraj Singh in Naam O Nishan who is arrested for killing a man named Anthony, then ACP Prithvi Raj Singh in Kurukshetra who intimated dishonest police officers, rouges and politicians. He also played Inspector Kabir Nayar in Dhamaal who chases a criminal with hidden treasures worth 100 million. In Zilla Ghaiabad he plays the eccentric Thakur Vikram Singh, top cop Shamsher Khan in Shootout at Lokhandwala and the tough grey DCP Rudra in his last solo release, Policegiri.

Ajay Devgn is best known for his tough police avatar in Singham but he has played a cop in many other movies. He played tough as nails cop in Ganga Jal who tries to improve the police force. In Singham he plays Bajirao Singham who has his own ethics and principles and can effortlessly beat fifty baddies, pull out a street light and uses his belt to thrash the wrongdoers - a bit of exaggeration though he was immensely loved for his performance. In Deewane he has played Vishal, one of the most feared cops on the police force. He has also played corrupt cop ACP Rajveer in Sunday and Police Officer Sikander in Masti who tries to reform three men.

The Big B of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, has worn the uniform in many movies as well. DCP Anant in Khakee is one character who wants to prove his worth to the establishment and to himself while JCP Dev Pratap singh in Dev is a self righteous cop. ACP Dasrath Singh in Bunty Aur Babli was a new attempt by the actor, be it his looks or his acts where hr tries to catch two con artists and forgives them when he realizes they had a change of heart. Later he portrayed the rustrated Inspector Vijay Shrivastav who disguises himself as Shehanshah, a costumed crime fighter to brings criminals to justice, Inspector Vijay Verma in Akayla whose friends are killed by the villain and his brother is next on the hitlist. His most unforgettable role is Zanjeer where he played Inspector Vijay Khanna whose troubled past haunts him.

Here is one actor who managed to enter this list due to his cop roles in the Dhoom series. Abhishek Bachchan played the no nonsense cop Jai Dixit who hardly wears his uniform in the Dhoom franchise. Sporting leather jackets, riding fast bikes and catching criminals who usually disappear in thin air, he's undoubtedly one of the coolest cops in Bollywood, even if you think the other way around.

Bringing the list to its logical end, we have an actor who holds the Guinness record in playing the maximum number of cop roles. The late Jagdish Raj who passed away earlier this year holds the Guinness World Record of playing a cop in a staggering 144 movies. Few of his movies to mention here are Johhny Mera Naam, Ram Teri Ganga MaliMagroor and Do Chor.

The guns are firing, goons are running for their lives and a police jeep is chasing them with a gun pointed towards them. The jeep stops and the cop hero makes his entry and fights the goons to arrest them and put them behind bars. Well well, you must be wondering if we lost track - not at all! All we wanted to remind you were the common situations you would witness our cop heros in their films. Be it on-screen or off-screen, these actors have done such appreciable jobs that we would give them a thumps up and wish that they keep us entertaining with more such characters in coming years. Until then, this writer would love to know her readers' favorite actors who have played a cop on regular basis. 

Writer: Vibha B.
Editor(s): Siona M. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Virina R.

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  • Posted on: 21 October 2013 at 9:16pmbinimoti

    Iftekhar Khan is the only "always policewala" of bollywood, others are also good but I think he is the best

  • Posted on: 21 October 2013 at 5:04amamreen2000

    I agree abhishek bachan is the coolest cop in bollywood.

  • Posted on: 21 October 2013 at 1:53amsamicute

    love u amazing role by you all keeping rocking

  • Posted on: 20 October 2013 at 5:44pmKhotaSikaShreya

    @ Az3003: Actually he played a villain in Khakee and he was an ex-cop. I don't think that would fall under the fact that he played a cop since he was actually an ex-cop.

  • Posted on: 20 October 2013 at 4:01pmSalman-Khan-Fan

    Love Salman Khan and Akshay is also my favourite.

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  • Posted on: 20 October 2013 at 1:19pmAz3003

    Hey!! I'm Ajay Devgn's biggest fan!!! You forgot that he played an evil cop Yashwant Agre in Khakee!!

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  • Posted on: 20 October 2013 at 1:01pmpc_pals

    Mr. Iftekhar Khan and Jagdish Raj are the most obvious ones in Police roles for a long time. :)

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  • Posted on: 20 October 2013 at 11:47amColt.Pixy

    fabulous article vibz. keep it up

    loved your analysis

  • Posted on: 20 October 2013 at 11:18am....Poojie....

    Where is Anil Kapoor??.. he plays a cop in every other film now-a-days.. ok not the khakhi one.. but still a cop..

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