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Rani Mukerji in Mardaani to Tabu in Drishyam: 6 times actresses nailed their act as a cop on screen

Hia Datta

Hia Datta
Jul 15, 2021

Why should only male cops save the day when we have noteworthy narratives of powerful women cops in Hindi films? If the actresses can show their softer side for a crying child and their family, they sure can beat the baddies to a pulp. Be it delivering some whistle-worthy dialogues, keeping it subtle in the sensitive scenes, performing action stunts, taking a male-dominated police department head-on, balancing the personal with the professional, or treading the right path between departmental procedures, protocols, and individual integrity to bring criminals and law-breakers to justice, the average archetypal female cop in Hindi movies is anything but average. She embodies intelligence and intuition with a never-say-die attitude and rocks the uniform with elan like no one else. Most of all, she does it all without the pomp and show of a Dabangg or a Singham.

Here are 6 movies featuring women cops in Hindi films that you could watch or add to your to-watch list in case you haven’t already.


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Rani Mukerji in Mardaani and Mardaani 2: The character of Shivani Shivaji Roy was inspired from real life women cops. She is furious, tireless, quietly determined and unstoppable in chasing down bad guys to end their spree of heinous crimes. When it comes to doing her part in restoring law and order, Shivani, played on-point by the versatile actress Rani Mukerji, is a tall order to follow. In Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaani, Shivani is on the hunt for a missing teenage girl which leads her to save survivors of child trafficking and bring the mafia kingpin down.
Mardaani 2
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In Gopi Puthran’s Mardaani 2, the stakes are high as Shivani meets a daunting adversary in the teenage psychopath who ruthlessly rapes and murders young girls, but Mardaani emerges victorious from it all.
Samay: When Time Strikes
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Sushmita Sen in Samay: The Race Against Time: Back in 2003 when the film was released, a thriller riding on the shoulder of a woman cop was a rare find and this underrated movie was a good one at that. Sushmita Sen plays widowed ACP Malvika Chauhan in the gender-reversed version of David Fincher’s Se7en, where she is tracking down a serial killer with no apparent motive for his murders. It is up to her mind and mettle to deduce a method to the madness in her race against time to nab the killer before his next kill. Sushmita impresses with her calm, composed yet matter-of-fact portrayal of a woman cop who calls the shots.
Jai Gangaajal
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Priyanka Chopra in Jai Gangaajal: In Prakash Jha’s directorial Jai Gangaajal, the home minister appoints Abha Mathur as the SP of Bankipur. Abha, played by Priyanka Chopra is expected to deal with the criminals with a soft hand but she swiftly proves her stand by going all guns blazing at the criminals on the one hand, and raising her voice against systemic corruption within the department on the other. Reserved yet resolute and rock-solid in her proceedings, it is she who can end the terror and trouble in the town and restore peace and order.
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Tabu in Drishyam: IGP Meera played by Tabu, in search for her son who has disappeared, makes for an austere police officer. As a mother looking to find her son and whisk him away from harm and also a cop obliged by the call of duty, she is a dormant volcano waiting to explode. Meera weighs in on the practicalities and exigencies of the situation as the case progresses, yet relentlessly does all that can be done to get her son back. This one is an unusual cop movie that will have you sympathise with both the transgressor and the law enforcer.
Andhaa Kaanoon
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Hema Malini in Andhaa Kanoon: In this tale of personal justice and vengeance, where the shackles and blindfolds of the legal system make matters worse, it is inspector Durga Devi Singh played by Hema Malini who takes it upon herself to ensure that justice is served against the three culprits, but within the purview of the law. Hema Malini suits the role to the T and delivers an entertaining and commercial take on the archetype of the woman cop in Hindi films.
Silence... Can You Hear It?
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Prachi Desai in Silence…Can you hear it? : Although headlined by Manoj Bajpayee as ACP Avinash Verma, Prachi Desai features in a prominent role as Inspector Sanjana Bhatia in the Zee5 original film that is an investigative thriller. She rings very close to the real-life women cops with her sharp, methodical act. From the trailer itself, we can make out that she means business and is in a never seen before avatar. Add this one to your watchlist already in case you haven’t yet.
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