• Thu. Jun 8th, 2023

Sonakshi Sinha on Playing Cop in Dahaad: “Why Should Boys Have Fun?”

Sonakshi Sinha will be seen playing the role of a fierce cop in Dahaad.  (Picture: Instagram)

Sonakshi Sinha will be seen playing the role of a fierce cop in Dahaad. (Picture: Instagram)

At Dahaad’s trailer launch event in Mumbai, Sonakshi exclusively tells News18 about playing a cop and how his career has come full circle.

Actress Sonakshi Sinha is set to mark her digital debut with the web series, Dahaad, the trailer of which was released earlier today (May 3). In a premiere, Sonakshi Sinha plays a cop, the fierce and fearless ACP Anjali Bhaati. Interestingly, Sonakshi made a foray into movies 13 years ago with Salman Khan’s Dabangg (2010), where the superstar’s portrayal of a cop changed the portrayal of the police in mainstream cinema. Salman’s Chulbul Panday, also known as Robinhood Panday, was larger than life and captured the hearts of many and proved to be a trailblazer of sorts.

At Dahaad’s trailer launch event in Mumbai, Sonakshi exclusively tells News18 that she plays a cop and how her career has come full circle, even though her portrayal of ACP Anjali is poles apart. Chulbul.

She says, “Why should boys have fun? We represent more real, stronger women on screen today. There are so many stories waiting to be told. Dahaad is just one such story that came to mind. I think I got very lucky with this one. As an actor, you very rarely come across those roles that hit you so badly in the face that they just make you want to do it. As a cop, it’s very different from Chulbul Panday.”

The on-screen portrayal of female cops has been vastly different from that of testosterone-pumping alpha male cops. Sharing her thoughts on this, Sonakshi remarks, “Anjali is very real, very raw and knows what she is doing and what she wants to do and get justice no matter what it takes. She’s that kind of woman. It was truly an honor for me to be able to play her on screen.”

Hoping to see more and more stories revolving around female police officers, she adds, “The on-screen portrayal of female cops has actually been very rare and very rare. There’s not one character in particular that sticks out at the top of my head right now. But I hope Anjali Bhati will become that character we refer to when we talk about the portrayal of female cops in Hindi cinema. I hope more people will end up telling more stories of these women.”

Dahaad is a crime drama that follows Deputy Inspector Anjali Bhaati and his colleagues in a small town police station. It all starts when a series of women are mysteriously found dead in public toilets and she is put in charge of the investigation. At first, the deaths appear to be clear suicides, but as the cases unfold, Anjali begins to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. What follows is a game of cat and mouse between a seasoned criminal and an underdog cop as she gathers evidence before another innocent woman loses her life.

Dahaad is created by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar and is directed by Reema with Ruchika Oberoi. It is produced by Excel Media & Entertainment and Tiger Baby and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Reema and Zoya. Dahaad also features Vijay Varma, Gulshan Devaiah and Sohum Shah in the lead. The eight-episode series is set to release May 12 on Amazon Prime Video.

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