Imagine. You and your family have just become subjected to a horrible tragedy and the only entity that you think can help you relieve of your tensions is the legal system, which, much to your surprise, isn’t turning out to be of any help at all. So, what do you do? Let the matter slide or take the extreme step of taking the law in your own hands?
Here, we are about to celebrate those gutsy on-screen characters that have chosen to do things their own way when everything seemingly failed.
So, let’s take a look!
Sholay – Sanjeev Kumar
This cult flick indeed serves as the first ever film to explore the premise of revenge dramas. In this 1975 film, Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra), two small-time crooks, are hired by Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar), a retired policeman, to help him nab Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan), a notorious dacoit, who has spread havoc in the village of Ramgarh.
Gabbar Is Back – Akshay Kumar
If we are talking about people who have been wronged and have hence taken it upon themselves for the sake of history not repeating itself, the Akshay Kumar-starrer Gabbar Is Back is one of the most famous examples of the film that have been made recently around the premise. Here, the city’s administration wrongs Aditya, a commoner, played by Akshay. To avenge his tragedy, he disguises himself as a vigilante, Gabbar, and teams up with honest police officers to expose the corrupt.
Naam Hai Akira – Sonakshi Sinha
Before hopping onto films like Noor and Welcome To New York, it could be safely said that Sonakshi Sinha did indeed do some fine work as Akira, a self-reliant Jane Doe who finds herself at the gunpoint of corrupt police officers, who she fights her way through to prove her innocence. Talk about beating the law.
Death Wish – Bruce Willis
Here, we have a yet another case of someone who is going ALL OUT to seek revenge for a personal loss and ending up helping hundreds, if not thousands of people in similar situations. The center of focus of this upcoming gritty action flick is Bruce Willis, Who plays Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city’s violence in the emergency room. When home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media’s attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel — or the Grim Reaper itself.
Breathe – Madhavan
The latest addition to the list of self-styled avengers that has a beef with the law is R. Madhavan as the Affable Danny in Amazon Prime’s latest Indian original, Breathe. Here, you will see a common man heading off to commit a series of murders for the sake of his own child. How does that make sense? You must check out the show on Amazon for that.