Charisma of Star Power: When cops went lenient on celeb

MUMBAI: With the city police being slammed for inviting rape-accused singer Ankit Tiwari to their annual event, we take a look at instances when the men in khaki faced public ire for showing undue favours to Bollywood celebs.

Bollywood’s fascination with the gun-totting men in khaki goes a long way back. Even off screen, the industry is known to enjoy a good rapport with the police. Filmmakers and actors, who take inputs from policemen for cop-based projects, have been seen returning the favour in various ways – from performing at police events to inaugurating books written by top officers and pledging support to their initiatives.

However, this proximity has, at times, worked against the police force as well as the stars themselves. In the latest incident, the Umang Police Show ran into controversy after singer Ankit Tiwari, who was arrested last May on rape charges, performed at the event on Saturday night. The singer, it is alleged, participated in the function to gain favour with the law-keepers. Though the Mumbai police commissioner tendered an apology for Ankit’s presence at the event, the Bollywood-police equation has again come under the scanner. hitlist draws up a list of actors who stirred up a hornet’s nest for being pally with the cops.

Shah Rukh Khan
Last August, the superstar found himself in the midst of a controversy when he lifted a woman constable (in pic) during a police function in Kolkata. When the dance pictures went viral, political parties lashed out at the uniformed cop for shaking a leg with the celebrity.