Who is Bollywood’s first actress to play ‘lady cop’?

Bollywood is all out praising Rani Mukerji for her daring act as lady cop in her upcoming movie MARDAANI. From Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan to Karan Johar everybody is applauding her dynamic performance in the movie. But is the younger generation aware about the first actress in Bollywood to play a ‘lady cop’ in Bollywood?

Well, the first actress to play the lady cop is surprisingly Hema Malani, who was more famous as Dream Girl and producers cast her in romantic roles. But in the early 80’s she experimented with her image a played a lady cop in ANDHA KANOON (1983). In the movie she played the role of an angry lady police officer who is out to take revenge against those villains, who ruin her family. The movie also saw South sensation Rajnikant playing Hema Malani’s brother, who too is out to seek revenge for his father's death. While Hema Malani follows’ the path of law, Rajnikant follows the outlaw. 

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The movie was huge hit. But despite the movie being a hit not many filmmakers dared to cast actresses in the role of lady cops. The few actresses who have excelled the female police officer roles include Dimple Kapadia, who played a female cop in ZAKHMI AURAT (1988) and punish her rapists 

Rekha played the lady in uniform in PHOOL BANE ANGARAY (1991), who seeks revenge after her police officer husband is killed by corrupt villains. 

Subhash Ghai in KHALNAYAK (1993), wrote a different role for Madhuri Dixit, who instead of the regular revenge dramas, plays an undercover cop and helps in capturing a dreaded terrorist criminal Ballu (Sanjay Dutt). 

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Further in 2003 director Robby Grewal roped in Sushmita Sen in yet another challenging role of a lady cop. Bobby inspired by Hollywood movie SEVEN, casted Sushmita Sen as ACP Malvika Chauhan in the film SAMAY: WHEN TIME STRIKES. Sushmita Sen, played a widowed, who investigates a murder case where the killer has left no evidence. It was an interesting movie but failed at box office.