From 'Gabbar' to 'Paan Singh Tomar', Bollywood had only male gangsters to boast about. But we bring to you the brash, sassy and no-nonsense actresses who dared to play dacoits or gangsters on screen. Neha Dhupia was seen playing a dreaded gangster who hates men in 2010 film 'Phas Gaye Re Obama'.
Seema Biswas's portrayal of a real life dacoit- Phoolan Devi in 'Bandit Queen' turned out to be the controversial film. Seema also won a National Award for her role in 1996.
Nandita Das plays the role of a female don in 2003 film 'Supari'. However, she was seen in a different avatar in the film sans any guns.
Another actress to don the garb of a gangster on screen is none other than Shabana Azmi. Shabana plays Rambhi who picks up gun to take revenge for her husband's death. Apart from mouthing a few abuses, her diction and body language, 'Godmother' makes Shabana Azmi one of the most versatile actress of Bollywood.
'Khallas girl' Eesha Koppikar was plays a simple village girl who goes on to become a female crime lord in 2011 film 'Shabri'.
Madhu Shalini's role of a female gangster in Ram Gopal Varma's 'Department' was much appreciated. The role had its own shades of grey.
Sridevi also portrayed the role of a dacoit in 1988 film 'Sherni'. When female actresses were busy playing the run of the mill roles, Sridevi took the plunge.
Pratima Kazmi plays a powerful gangster in 'Ek Hasina Thi', who meets Urmila Matondkar in the prison. Though her character portrays a compassionate side in the film.
Vidya Balan plays the role of a local gang lord's wife. Though she doesn't really play the role of a gangster or dacoit in the film, but definitely plays the role of a femme fatale.
Madhuri Dixit, who has donned many avatars on screen, will also be seen playing the role of a gangster in 'Gulab Gang'.