Bollywood’s khaki fixation seems to be unending. Since super-cop Shivaji Rao in 'Singham' last year, we saw a brigade of forgettable cops in 'Department', 'Tezz,' 'Maximum', 'Chaalis Chauraasi', and 'Chakravyuh' this year, with the exception of 'Rowdy ACP'. But with rave reviews pouring in for Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat in 'Talaash' and the imminent return of Chulbul Pandey in 'Dabangg 2' and 'Zanjeer'’s remake due next year, cops are back in force.
Our real-life men in uniform have their own favourites. Angry young man Vijay played by Amitabh Bachchan from the 1973-hit 'Zanjeer' is the all-time favourite of the city’s top cop Anurag Sharma.
“He was an upright man with all his morals intact. Unlike in the past, today’s cops are shown as caricatures of errant officers,” says Sharma, adding that Shivaji Rao in 'Singham' and Ajay Kumar from 'Dookudu' would be his picks from the current lot.
“Cops are the new fantasy characters. Women also have soft corners for men in uniform,” he adds.
Amit Garg, Additional CP, whose favourite cop is ACP Rathod from 'Sarfarosh' (another Aamir Khan character), tells us why cops are the favourites of filmmakers. “Policemen are the protectors of people. There is visible power attached to our duty. Also, cops these days wear Ray Bans, drive swanky jeeps and are fitter. The job is glamorous enough for the movies.”
While Aamir Khan’s police avatars in 'Sarfarosh' and 'Talaash' received thumbs ups from city cops, none seem to side with the darling of the masses, Chulbul Pandey. Traffic Commissioner, C.V. Anand, says, “Aamir Khan has brought integrity and intensity to our profession with his roles, whereas Chulbul Pandey role seems to mock the uniform.”
DCP, west zone, G. Sudheer Babu agrees. “Aamir is a perfectionist. He has shown our real lives on the screen.”