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10 Anti-corruption heroes


Akshay Kumar‘s Gabbar act in Gabbar Is Back is one of the many self-appointed social cleaners we’ve seen Bollywood. A look at the Top 10 vigilantes on screen.


1. Amitabh Bachchan in Shahenshah: The Big B played up the dual-personality theme as a cowardly cop and a super-hero who sets out on a course of instant justice. Great fun, with the right proportions of the comic book and newspaper headlines.


2. Kamal Haasan in Hindustani: Director Shankar’s story of a 70-year old veteran freedom fighter who decides to eliminate corrupt bureaucrats, just like Akshay Kumar in Gabbar Is Back.


3. Anil Kapoor in Nayak: Chief Minister for one day, Anil Kapoor decides to teach the slothful corrupt bureaucracy and the resident CM Amrish Puri a lesson. This was the ultimate fantasy-fulfillment film.


4. Emraan Hashmi in Ungli: Rensil d’Silva’s promising premise about a group of students taking corrupt officials to task fell flat at the box office. Brave nonetheless.


5. Amitabh Bachchan in Sarkar: He ran a parallel government in Ram Gopal Varma’s film. When the law failed there was always….Sarkar! No prizes for guessing which Maharashtrian leader the Big B’s character was based on.


6. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron: When two bumbling photographers Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani stumble upon monstrous irregularities in the construction business they are forced to get embroiled in Operation Clean Up.


7. Aparichit: In this Shankar-directed Blockbuster by night actor Vikram turned into a vigilante who terrorizes corrupt government officials. No Indian film on the crusader-hero’s mission to eradicate corruption was as successful as this.


8. Lage Raho Munnabhai: Gandhi-giri during times of unmitigated dadagiri? Turning the other cheek never got cheekier.


9. Special 26: Gabbar Is Back is not the first film where Akshay played the Social Cleanser. In Neeraj Pandey’s Special 26, he was part of a fake CBI team that raided corrupt officials.


10. Gabbar Is Back: Akshay takes on the corrupt social order once again. With love.

More Pages: Gabbar Is Back Box Office Collection , Gabbar Is Back Movie Review

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