Four Indian Movies That Showed Police Brutality

Custodial death is a very serious matter as people seek police’s help for their ‘safety’. But after this incident, people are raising questions about the same. When we talk about cinema and societal issues shown in it, police brutality is one of them. Though there are many such movies, let’s have a look at 4 such Indian movies that showed police brutality.


Abhijit Panse’s Marathi film, Rege starring Mahesh Manjrekar, Pushkar Shrotri, Santosh Juvekar and Aroh Welankar in the lead role, shows a cop kill someone in an encounter, just for the sake of completing his count of 100 encounters. The movie shows Mahesh Manjrekar shooting Aroh Welankar for a crime that he has not committed. The film also deals with the theme of kids getting involved in criminal activities.


AR Murugadoss’ directorial venture Darbar starring Rajinikanth in the lead is a recent example of police brutality, in which the hero performs all kinds of gymnastics with the law, killing many people in encounters and appointing himself as the sole provider of justice. The movie perfectly shows how a police officer can take law in his hands to get things done.


Visaranai directed by Vetri Maaran and starring Dinesh and Anandhi, Samuthirakani, Aadukalam Murugadoss, Kishore, Pradheesh Raj and Silambarasan Rathnasamy in the lead roles, showcased police brutality. The film deals with the lives of two men before and after thrown into a Kafkaesque area, in which they are tortured for confession. The film has won many awards including 3 National awards.


Bardaasht is yet another example of police brutality. The movie shows three cops played Rahul Dev, Vishwajeet Pradhan, and Ganesh Yadav kill Bobby Deol’s brother, played by Riteish Deshmukh, in police custody for talking to his girlfriend in a car. Well, the film was indeed a landmark movie of that year as the protagonist uses his smartness to show the real face of those cops to the police department.