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Women cops chase reel life villains
23 Sep 2002, 1208 hrs IST, Subhash K Jha,IANS
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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 Aitbaar , 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 release Gunaah , 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 Charlie's Angels to shame.
Over the years, female cops have made their presence felt in unlikely places.
In the Sunil Shetty-starrer Aghaaz 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.
Actress Tabu played a comic yet corrupt cop in the Amitabh-Nana Patekar starrer Kohram . Raveena Tandon is a laugh riot as a bumbling cop in Kundan Shah's forthcoming Kasam Se .
But the three most celebrated female cops in our times were Dimple Kapadia in Zakhmi Aurat , Hema Malini in Andha Kanoon and Vijayashanthi in Tejaswini .
Hema Malini played southern superstar Rajnikanth's doting sister who exercises her law enforcing rights above her sisterly affections in Andhaa Kanoon .
Dimple Kapadia played a gang-raped cop in Zakhmi Aurat 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 leading lady.
In Tejaswani , south 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 value.
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 debut film Prem Qaidi . 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 forward.
In Gunaah , 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 and Jawab Hum Denge respectively.
Would the audience be able to look beyond an actress' oomph and appreciate her policing gusto in the same way they cheered Amitabh in Zanjeer and Om Puri in Ardha Satya ?
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