criminal story: Ardh satya?
Sadhu Agashe is Mumbai’s Encounter King. His success record:
Ab Tak Chhappan. His working styles: He breaks rules, hobnobs
with the underworld, has repeated conversations with a Dubai-based
don and believes ‘You Gotta Kill ‘coz You Gotta Kill.’
More importantly, he works for a boss who takes his orders from
the ruling mafia don. Like many other bosses that have come and
gone before him in Bollywood.
Khakee, Ab Tak Chhappan... do real-life cops also have to operate
in a twilight zone between good and evil, right and wrong?
says ACP Rajbeer Singh, Special Cell. ‘‘Real-life
cops always work within the limits prescribed by the law. A real
policeman will never hobnob with criminals. Our network is so
well developed, we can nab them ourselves. It’s rubbish,
all that is being projected in these recent film,’’
Bhatt, DCP, Economic Offences Wing, also feels the current spate
of films is hogwash. ‘‘The entire police department
can’t be branded as criminal because of individual follies.
Filmmakers have to show the establishment in a bad light in order
to sell their products. The police, being the long arm of the
establishment, becomes the most obvious target. Why must movies
and the media demonise us?’’ he asks.
truth, however, may lie somewhere between. As Deependra Pathak,
DCP, Crime Branch, says: ‘‘Of course we need to mingle
with criminals to get vital information. It is a double-edged
sword and good cops always have to stay detached.’’
But that, he feels, does not always happen. ‘‘But
the police department has a very effective vigilance system to
bring errant cops to book,’’ he adds.
as the police machinery offers diverse views on the issue, the
film world firmly believes that there is more to khakidom than
what is shown on the screen. ‘‘There has been a certain
straitjacketing of cops in films. But that does not mean that
we are guilty of perpetuating villains where none exist,’’
says Mahesh Bhatt.
Pereira, former joint commissioner, gives a clearer picture. ‘‘It’s
nice to say that cops should always be honest. But their work
profile does not let them remain infallible. They do break rules
and are forced to spend long hours with criminals. The element
of criminality is much more dangerous inside a law enforcer,’’
will the Untouchable please stand up!
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