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Cops in a positive light

Madhur Tankha
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Shaleen Malhotra plays the role of an angry young cop in the upcoming TV serial “Arjun”.
Shaleen Malhotra plays the role of an angry young cop in the upcoming TV serial “Arjun”.

After winning the hearts of television viewers with his performance on “MTV Roadies”, Delhi lad Shaleen Malhotra is all set to play a belligerent cop in his debut serial that premieres on Star Plus this Saturday.

Interestingly, the reality show contestant-turned-actor did not have much homework to do to play the role of an angry young cop in “Arjun” because some of his closest friends have their fathers in the police force. “One of my friends’ dad is an Assistant Commissioner of Police, while another friend’s father is a Station House Officer. Whenever I went over to their houses I would observe their fathers’ mannerisms. My familiarity with the mindset of cops will help me in essaying the character of a police officer.”

Pointing out that every cop loitering around our homes may not necessarily be corrupt, this Janakpuri lad asserts that the police force has a number of cops who have an incorruptible track record and do not think twice before sacrificing their life for the country. “Unfortunately, we have developed the bad habit of poking fun at cops. In films and soaps we show them as scheming and bad-mouthed characters. For a change, we will be showing the cops in a positive light. They will be portrayed as ordinary human beings who do their stressful job to the best of their abilities.”

Along with the Emergency Task Force team, he will take on the world of crime and investigate complicated cases. “Rathore (Bezat Khan) is leading the ETF, while I am playing Arjun, an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Arjun has unique characteristics – he is a deep thinker, is instinctive and has a penchant for taking challenges head-on. Ruthless yet intelligent, he is determined to crack the case assigned to him.”

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