A Salute To The Tough Cops Of South India: The Best Police Roles Of Southern Superstars

The cop movies work big time at the box office and it’s a global phenomenon. Such movies fall into multiple genres – suspense, action, thriller, drama – it’s a cocktail of all these and caters to a larger section of the audience. This is the reason why 8 out of 10 movie buffs are a fan of the Bond series, MI series, Die Hard series and so on. The Indian cinephiles are no different. Perhaps that’s why even the mediocre films such as Singham, Bang Bang were money-spinners. And in South Indian cinema, cop movies grab more eyeballs as often filmmakers show them as real as they can. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

1) Kamal Haasan in Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu

Gautham Vasudev Menon is a pioneer in showing the vulnerable life of a cop. The audience can’t find Kamal Haasan’s traits in Raghavan IPS and that’s the beauty of the film. We also recommended you to watch Gautam’s other directorial such as Kaakha Kaakha and Yennai Arindhaal.

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2) Vikram in Saamy

The dialogue “Naan police illeporiki!” pretty much sums up the character of Aarusaamy IPS. His macho looks and unorthodox methods had a mass appeal. Vikram made the character immortal and now we are eagerly awaiting its sequel titled Saamy Square.

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3) Suriya in Singam series

Hari is yet another director in the Tamil industry who always hit the bulls-eye with cop films. Durai Singam’s horseshoe mustache and lightning speed actions were unapologetically entertaining. Suriya got a successful franchise to his credit as the Singam 2 & 3 were also blockbusters.

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4) Mammootty in Aavanazhi

Balram is one of the most iconic characters of Mammootty’s illustrious career. The film had a glorious inning at the box office, completing a theatrical ran over 200 days. Mammooka reprised his character in the sequels titled Inspector Balram and Balram vs. Tharadas. However, the latter was a forgettable outing.

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5) Suresh Gopi In Commissioner

I am Bharathchandran. Just remember that. A dialogue that still echoes in the Malayalee minds. The film is an all all-time favorite cop movie of Keralites. And let us also tell you that no Malayalam actor can excel in a cop role like Suresh Gopi. Over the years, he has done multiple cop roles and has earned this status.

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6) Nivin Pauly in Action Hero Biju

Sub-inspector Biju Poulose was perhaps the most realistic cop ever that the Malayalees saw on celluloid. The film was not about a particular case, rather it was a chronicle of the daily life of a cop. Nivin proved that he is rightly considered as the most promising young actor of Mollywood.

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7) Chiranjeevi in Stuartpuram Police Station

This was a remake of critically acclaimed Hindi movie Ardh Satya. It did an average business, but over the years has gained a cult status. Chiranjeevi’s performance was lauded by all and the actor won the Nandi Special Jury Award.

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8) Nandamuri Balakrishna in Rowdy Inspector

The film was a Nandamuri Balakrishna show all the way. His character Inspector Ramaraju aka Rowdy Inspector got immensely popular with the masses and the film was one of the biggest blockbusters in 1992. The songs composed by Bappi Lahiri were equally popular.

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9) Rajkumar in Shabdavedhi

The film was a final act of the most celebrated Kannada actor Rajkumar. The film got mixed reviews, but that didn’t stop the fans to see their favorite matinee idol one last time on the silver screen. Thanks to his superstardom, the film reaped gold for the Kannada film industry.

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