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.

The Best Indian Movies of 1990s

Although it’s not easy to choose the best movies of any country, there are always movies standing out from the rest. India is not an exception. This is our list of the best Indian movies of 1990s.

1. Sholay (1975)

Category: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Sholay is the greatest epic story that has ever been told. It is also the movie with the greatest Indian stars, including Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, and Amjad Khan.

It tells the story of of an ex-police officer and two thieves.  The family of the ex-police officer Thakur Baldev Singh was murdered in the village of Ramgarh by Gabbar Singh. Thakur wants to kill Gabbar in revenge.

He askes for help from two thieves named Jai and Veeru.  Firstly, they hesitated to help. Finally, they start to plot their revenge when they know exactly who Gabbar is and what his crimes are.

2. Mother India (1957)

Category: Drama, Musical, Family

Mother India is a movie tributing to Indian women.  It is set after Indian Independence.

It follows a mother who struggles to earn a living for her and her two sons. The movie helps viewers to understand about women’s standing in Indian society at that time by depicting the situation of women struggling for equality in a male orientated society.

Mother India was the first Indian movie to get a nomination for the Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.

3. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Category: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is one of India’s best love story movies of all time. It depicts a very personal story for every Indian. In a country with 90% of all marriages being arranged, this story is all Indians’ dream of finding true love.

It follows two people who fall in love with each other.  They meet each other on a European trip but when they return to India, their parents don’t allow them to get married. What happens later is a battle of love over tradition.

4. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Category: Drama, Romance, War

The setting of Mughal-E-Azam takes place in the 16th century.  It tells the love story between Prince Saleem, heir to the throne, and Anarkali, a commoner.  However, his father, Emperor Akbar doesn’t agree with the relationship. The rift between father and son starts soon.

5. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Category: Comedy, Drama

Released in 1983, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a satirical movie depicting the situation of India at that time, showing the corruption in Indian politics, bureaucracy, news media, and the business sector.

It tells the story of two photographer friends who become witnesses to illegal dealings by the government.