Bollywood always had a fascination for cop movies. We’ve watched dozens of films where the protagonist (an honest police officer) chases down a gang of criminals. Movies on encounters are great entertainers. They are loaded with thrill, suspense, and some great action to keep the viewers gripped. Let’s have a look at some encounter-based movies that have entertained the masses.
1. Ab Tak Chhappan
This action thriller is based on an encounter specialist who killed 56 people in police encounters. Released in 2004, Ab Tak Chhappan is inspired by the life of Daya Nayak, a police officer from Maharashtra. Nayak is famous for having gunned down over 80 gangsters of the Mumbai underworld.
2. Shootout at Lokhandwala
This film is based on a gun battle that took place between the Mumbai police and gangsters in November 1991. The Lokhandwala Complex shootout led to the killing of a dreaded gangster, Maya Dolas. Interestingly, many scenes of this action crime film were shot on actual locations of the real-life incident.
3. Shootout at Wadala
This action film is loosely based on Hussain Zaidi’s book, Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia. The movie presents a dramatised version of a police encounter that took place in Wadala in January 1982. The incident led to the killing of Manya Surve, an underworld don known for his daredevilry and strategic planning.
An honest cop in Mumbai fights against a Bangkok-based don in this 2007-release film. The don rules the Mumbai crime world through his vast network of gangsters. The movie ends in a typical Bollywood style, with the don being killed in an encounter in a heavily guarded jail.
5. Batla House
This action thriller is inspired by the Batla House encounter that took place in 2008. John Abraham plays the protagonist who struggles to prove that the encounter wasn’t fake. His character is based on Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, the police officer who played a crucial role in the encounter.