Bollywood's 10 Most Successful Cop Movies
Meet Bollywood's top cops!
We have seen some really good cop movies in Hindi cinema.
This week, we'll get to see Ajay Devgn bring back his hugely popular cop character Singham, in Singham Returns.
Will it join this list of the most successful cop movies? We'll know on August 15, when it releases.
Singham has become a brand today, and has reached cult status.
Most of that is thanks to a powerful script, fiery dialogues, Ajay Devgn's Angry Man, and of course, flying cars.
A large part is also thanks to its director Rohit Shetty.
Box office collection: Rs 100 crore
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Image: Ajay Devgn in Singham Returns
As Chulbul Pandey, Salman Khan re-wrote history with his macho act in Dabangg.
Due credit to debutant director Abhinav Kashyap for the film's concept and vision.
Producer Arbaaz Khan then went and made it a hit franchise.
Box office collections: Rs 139 crores
Image: Salman Khan in Dabangg
Amitabh Bachchan has always looked good in uniform, age no bar.
In Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee, Amitabh played an older cop, who had to carry out an important mission along with Akshay Kumar and Tusshar Kapoor.
Box office collections: Rs 27 crores.
Image: Amitabh Bahchan in Khakee
Aamir Khan played the tough cop in Sarfarosh, who indulged in a bit of romance and music now and then.
We've seen Aamir in a slew of brilliant films, and Sarfarosh finds pride of place there.
Box office collections: Rs 15 crores.
Image: Aamir Khan in Sarfarosh
Solid word of mouth made sure people watched Neeraj Pandey's A Wednesday, and appreciated the well-made film.
It was a thrilling tale about a cop (Anupam Kher) chasing a nameless/faceless man (Naseeruddin Shah), who claimed that he had planted bombs in Mumbai.
Box office collections: Rs 12 crores.
Image: Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill and Aamir Bashir in A Wednesday
Ajay Devgn has played a cop quite a few times. Besides Singham, the other film where he really excelled was Gangaajal.
A hard-hitting affair, based on true incidents, Gangaajal is also one of director Prakash Jha's best films.
Unfortunately, it did just average business at the box office.
Box office collection: Rs 10 crores.
Image: Ajay Devgn in Gangaajal
Manoj Bajpayee's Shool (1999) came as quite a pleasant surprise.
The face off between Bajpayee and the villain Sayaji Shinde was as interesting as Shilpa Shetty's UP Bihar item number.
Easily one of the most authentic yet entertaining cop tales in Hindi cinema.
Box office collection: Rs 8 crores.
Image: Manoj Bajpayee in Shool
Ab Tak Chappan
Nana Patekar played it subtle -- yet very ruthless -- in Shimit Amin's Ab Tak Chappan.
Box office collections: Rs 8 crores.
Image: Nana Pateka in Ab Tak Chappan
Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday was chilling, as it documented the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.
Kay Kay Menon's cop character was inspired from Rakesh Maria, who had cracked the case then.
Box office collections: Rs 5 crores.
Image: A still from Black Friday
One of the best movies about men in uniform, Arshad Warsi-starrer Sehar was also one of the biggest flops in this genre.
Warsi came up with a supremely good cop act in this film with a terrific story.
Box office collection: Rs 2 crores.
Image: Arshad Warsi in Sehar