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From Delhi Crime to Hundred: 5 Actresses explore different shades as women cops in these web series

Hia Datta

Hia Datta
Jul 15, 2021

Commercial movies have more often than not fed our minds with larger-than-life projections of a cop. Our minds are saturated with images of this alpha male, high on firing bullets, punches, and blows but low on emotional range and depth that makes them all human after all in real life. 

Well, each to one’s own, but a realistic portrayal of a cop can’t do without going through the various nuances and internal stirrings while he or she follows the line of duty.

Here are five actresses who discovered different shades of being a cop while acting out and living their lives viscerally in the web series.

Delhi Crime
8.9OTTplay Rating
Shefali Shah in Delhi Crime: As DCP Vartika Chaturvedi who is assigned to find the culprits guilty of raping and killing a female victim, Shefali Shah is a force to reckon with in the Emmy award-winning Netflix web series. She does the entire range of emotions and how; boldly authoritative and self-assured while slapping the obnoxious culprit, to her otherwise internally enraged but externally restrained self while interrogating him. She is tender and vulnerable as a mother worried sick for her daughter’s safety in a society unsafe for women, but often exasperated and tough on the enervated team of policemen working under her. She is empathetic to her officer-in-training Neeti Singh. On the whole, Shah pulls off a brilliant act in Delhi Crime. Watch this once again just for her, if nothing else. Rasika Dugal in Delhi Crime: As the IPS officer-in-training assisting Shefali Shah’s DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, Neeti Singh played by Rasika Duggal depicts the emotional and softer shades of a cop. Tasked to take care of the victim and her parents during the investigation, Rasika’s character Neeti does not have many action scenes in the series. But as she discovers her human side through an informal approach to the gang rape case, which is particularly highlighted through a scene where she goes to the washroom to throw up on being repulsed by the barbarity of the crime, you know that she doesn’t need to do the big bashings. She wins you over already with her relatability.
Zoya Hussain in Grahan: Virtuous IPS officer Amrita Singh (Zoya Hussain) reinforces one’s belief in the good cop who has their heart and righteousness in the right place, even in trying situations. Zoya as Amrita Singh wants to be a do-gooder through her duty and position. But a heartbreaking revelation connected to the case she is investigating throws her into internal turmoil as she is torn between standing by her convictions or protecting her loved one.
7.2OTTplay Rating
Lara Dutta in Hundred: Police departments are still largely male-dominated bastions and Lara Dutta as ACP Saumya Shukla discovers that first hand. She is looked at as the item girl of the department, as she says in her own words. She is looked down upon by her senior officers and her own DCP husband which makes her all the more infuriated. Saumya is a flawed woman who does her bit to rise above it all, by tracking human traffickers, organ-stealing gangs, and drug peddling chains while internally struggling to put up with the complexities of her job and her conflicting emotions with a smiling face.
The Tattoo Murders
5.3OTTplay Rating
Meera Chopra in The Tatoo Murders: The web series that is based on Mumbai’s red-light area has Meera Chopra playing ACP Aditi Acharya. Meera’s Aditi is on the hunt for the serial killer who murders women. Challenges of her job to nail the criminal aside, she grapples with personal complexities as she starts having hallucinations after each murder. Chopra gets to tap into the unsettling mind space of a cop when the case starts to affect her personally, which is a likely possibility for cops dealing with sensitive cases.
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