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Modi Blames b’wood for poor cop image

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in an unexpected statement surprised the audience at key meet on internal security in Guwahati on Sunday by saying that cinema has created a “very bad image” of the police in the minds of people. His remarks come in at a time when Bollywood is flooded with blockbusters which have police officers as the lead character in them. Varied such films include  – Singham and Dabaang series, Mardaani, Gangaajal, Shool, A Wednesday, Garv, Wanted, Khakee, Sarfarosh and several others where the protagonist is a cop. Some of these roles have been essayed by actors like Salman and Amir Khan, both Modi admirers. Speaking at the 49th annual conference of DGPs hosted by the Intelligence Bureau, Modi said the government should make a special effort and rope in a PR agency to meet filmmakers and engage them in a process to bring out the best of the police force. “The film industry has created a very bad image of the police in the minds of the common man and I ask them-why?” asked Modi. 

 “Yes, there may be some shortcomings but should only that be highlighted? Is it not our duty to remove these shortcomings by bringing into light the positive and good things,” he said.

“The image of films on the common man is immense and without their cooperation, policing cannot be successful. We must think about long-term strategy to change the thoughts and perception of the common people based on reality,” he added. Modi also blamed the media for mostly highlighting negative news though “there are thousands of good news which do not find a place in the media.”
He also called for setting up of websites of every police stations, like he 
did as the Gujarat chief minister, to highlight the positive work done by the police stations. 

“Each individual at some point of time in their life has a story of how the police has helped them and these stories should be brought to light to create a positive image of the police force. Each police station should put online a positive story every week and then people will see the many good things being done by the police,” he said.

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