MUMBAI: Every leading lady who came
into films after the 1970s harboured two ambitions -- to act with Bollywood
legend Amitabh Bachchan and to play a cop.
Bipasha Basu seems to have
fulfilled both ambitions within two years of her film debut. Not only does she
play Amitabh's daughter in Vikram Bhatt's
, but she also gets to play the
law enforcer twice in two months.
Viewers were treated to the sight of the
sultry actress playing a comic cop in David Dhawan's
Chor Machaye Shor
In her new
, Bipasha is cast as a
grim cop who bashes up suspects and shoots with a swiftness that would put the
women detectives of the TV show
Over the years, female cops have made their
presence felt in unlikely places.
In the Sunil Shetty-starrer
two years ago, Sushmita Sen
deglamourised herself to get into the uniform and came to the assistance of the
bruised, battered and wronged Sunil Shetty. Though Sushmita slogged hard to give
life to the role, the film and character didn't make an impact.
Tabu played a comic yet corrupt cop in the Amitabh-Nana Patekar starrer
. Raveena Tandon is a laugh riot
as a bumbling cop in Kundan Shah's forthcoming
But the three most
celebrated female cops in our times were Dimple Kapadia in
, Hema Malini in
and Vijayashanthi in
Hema Malini played
southern superstar Rajnikanth's doting sister who exercises her law enforcing
rights above her sisterly affections in
Dimple Kapadia played a gang-raped cop in
who abandons her uniform
to avenge her wrongdoers by castrating them. The film became controversial and
in spite of its box-office success turned into quite an embarrassment for its
Indian actress Vijayashanthi played a fictional avatar of Kiran Bedi. Several
incidents from Bedi's life were incorporated into the film. But the film failed
to make a major impact on the box-office.
In several films in the 1980s and
1990s, the heroine would don the policeman's garb for no reason except curiosity
Seldom did the audience get to see a female cop whose profession
makes a difference to the plot.
One such powerful entity was played by TV
actress Rama Vij -- in a role rejected by Shabana Azmi -- in Karisma Kapoor's
. The plot was
propelled forward by Vij's character.
This remains a unique instance of a
woman professional in mainstream Hindi cinema who carried the drama and action
, Bipasha's cop
role adds a new dimension to the stereotypical woman in a glamorous policeman's
clothes as was seen when Rekha and Sridevi played cops in
Insaaf Ki Devi
Jawab Hum Denge
Would the audience be able to look beyond an actress' oomph
and appreciate her policing gusto in the same way they cheered Amitabh in
and Om Puri in