11 movies and series based on female IPS officers prove that women rule the world!

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What's better than a cop drama? A drama where female IPS officers kick ass. Check out this list of shernis we absolutely love.

Ranging from comedies to thrillers, cop stories have always caught our attention. The world is surrounded by powerful and intellectual women but are rarely showcased. Gone are the days when women were seen as stereotypical damsels in distress. With compelling stories coming in the forefront, the perception of female portrayal on-screen is slowly altering. Women protagonists are shattering the glass ceiling and acing rock-solid characters. From Regina Cassandra in Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke to Rani Mukherji in Mardani 2 and Shefali Shah in Delhi Crime, these formidable female IPS officers know precisely how to get the job done.

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Let’s have a look at these empowering female IPS officer characters who prove that they are here to stay:

Kavya Iyer - Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke on ZEE5

Regina Cassandra, who plays Kavya Iyer in Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke portrays a strong-headed and bright IPS officer who is a single parent to an eight-year-old child. While overseeing the operation, she faces a lot of flak from her male contemporaries in the male-centric institution. Kavya fights against the odds and proves die-hard patriotism and commitment towards the nation. Regina Cassandra has essayed this role beautifully and successfully managed to strike a chord with the audience.

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Shivani Shivaji Roy - Mardani 2 on Amazon Prime Video

Rani Mukherji essays the fearless and powerful cop in Mardaani 2. The narrative revolves around a 21-year-old boy Sunny, a psychopath who has a penchant for sexually assaulting and killing girls. He's locked horns with top cop Shivani Shivaji Roy. SP Shivani Roy, nevertheless, swears to find him and bring charges against him. The film is a timely reminder of how good this industry can be when it chooses not to be weighed down by prejudice, market-driven compulsions and lazy formulae. Rani Mukherji’s spine-chilling thunderous performance steals the show and gives you serious goosebumps!

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DCP Vartika Chaturvedi - Delhi Crime on Netflix

Shefali Shah portrays a tough Delhi police officer who is investigating the evidence behind a rape incident. As DCP Vartika Chaturvedi takes the crime personally and decides to handle the case herself, she enlists her most trusted officers within the otherwise bureaucratic and inefficient department, including Neeti Singh, a young and ambitious trainee. Delhi Crime won the International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series and was widely appreciated by the audience.

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IPS officer Amrita Singh - Grahan on Disney+ Hotstar

Zoya Hussain portrays the role of an honest and sincere IPS officer Amrita Singh in Grahan. The narrative focuses on Amrita who is heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and is tasked with investigating the 1984 riots. She is adamant about finding out what happened decades ago and is taken aback when she learns that her father, Gursevak Singh was one of the prime suspects in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Bokaro, Jharkhand. Zoya Hussain’s portrayal of a righteous cop who is struggling to work on her own terms is nothing but remarkable!

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Sakthi - Vadham on MX Player

Sruthi Hariharan plays Sakthi, a no-nonsense inspector at an all-woman’s police station in Vadham. When a high-profile businessman is murdered cold-heartedly, a wave of shock runs across the city shaking the politicians, police and all other influencers. Given the high-profile case, the police are made to take immediate action and conduct investigations. Sakthi with a heart of gold is at the receiving end of predicaments. With her future in-laws on the fence about her profession, she is often torn between her professional and personal life. Sruthi’s performance as a courageous and empowering cop will definitely keep you hooked on the screen!

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Geeta - Hush Hush on Amazon Prime Video

Karishma Tanna appears as police officer Geeta assigned to find the truth behind a criminal case in Gurugram that involves four female friends from the upper class of society. She tries to find their involvement in the case and how they ended up in the situation.

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Meera G Deshmukh - Drishyam on Disney+ Hotstar

Remake of the Malayalam movie, Tabu appears as Meera G Deshmukh, Goa’s Inspector General to investigate the missing case of her son. She makes it her motive to find the people responsible for her son's missing suspecting the Salgaonkar family, where her son was last known to be at.

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ACP Catherine “Cathy” Alvarez - A Thursday on Disney+ Hotstar

ACP Catherine “Cathy” Alvarez (Neha Dhupia) takes charge when a nursery teacher Naina (Yami Gautam) holds 16 students hostage and asks the authorities to fulfil her demands. She has to work with police officers who are not compatible and tries her best to find out Naina’s history and save the students.

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Bhumika Pardeshi - She on Netflix

In this Netflix series, Indian Police Force officer Bhumika Pardeshi (Aaditi Pohankar) goes undercover as a prostitute as part of a mission to track and fight one of the most dangerous drug lords by Anti Narcotics Group. She tries to do her job while trying to handle her own personal life problems.

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Kasturi Dogra - Aranyak on Netflix

This drama is about a series of disappearances, rape and murder as Kasturi Dogra (Raveena Tandon) deals with having to work with a newly appointed police station chief, Angad (Parambrata Chattopadhyay) and find the truth as they deal with an urban legend story. Kasturi is a fiercely independent officer who tries her best to maintain a balance between her professional and personal life as she struggles with a lack of support from both.

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Shabana Khan - Naam Shabana on Netflix

From the universe of Baby, Shabana Khan (Taapsee Pannu) is recruited to become a secret spy by the Indian intelligence agency after the death of her lover. In the need to avenge her lover, she is handed her first mission to track down and eliminate an international arms dealer. An aggressive personality dealing with her own past issues, Shabana does her best to fit in and kick ass while trying to bottle up all emotions. Taapsee's performance as a first time spy adds an extra spice to the whole plot.

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