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These Bollywood men are tricky!

Last updated on: October 28, 2009 15:46 IST

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Sometimes the phrase 'movie magic' is taken literally.

Indian cinema's seen its share of magicians, and while (most) actors haven't exactly donned the top hat and white gloves to saw a girl in half or take a rabbit out of a hat, they've done their own share of prestidigitation.

Here's a look at some notable screen jaadugars:

Sanjay Dutt in Aladin

In Sujoy Ghosh's upcoming Aladin, Ritesh Deshmukh plays the new-age Aladin while Amitabh Bachchan plays the genie called Genius.

But every good fairy-tale must have a baddie, and this time it's Sanjay Dutt who plays an evil wizard called Ring Master, a former genie himself.


Image: Sanjay Dutt in Aladin

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Hrithik Roshan in Guzaarish

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Much is under wraps about the story of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish, but the film is said to be 'inspired by' Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, a story of two rival magicians.

Hrithik Roshan, it is rumoured, will play a magician in the film.


Image: Hrithik Roshan

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Amitabh Bachchan in Jaadugar

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This Prakash Mehra film told the story of a magician (Bachchan) out to stop another magician (Amrish Puri) who was posing as a godman and exploiting naive villagers.

Amitabh's Goga was a showman to the core, right from the crazy jackets to the sawing-off-women, and while his tricks might have worked on stage, the film didn't.


Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Jaadugar

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Amitabh Bachchan in Toofan

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Oddly enough, almost immediately alongside Jaadugar came Ketan Desai's Toofan, featuring Bachchan in a double role, as both a masked crimefighting bounty hunter as well as a fun-loving magician and trickster.

Kids loved Bachchan's Shyam Jaadugar, one who could turn wood to rope and coffee to lassi.


Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Toofan

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Saeed Jaffrey in Ajooba

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In Shashi Kapoor's lavishly produced kiddie fantasy, Shammi Kapoor played the kind Sultan of Baharistan. And like every medieval court, his too has a magician, played here by Saeed Jaffrey.

Jaffrey's Ameer Baba gives the Sultan a magic sword and drives it into a stone pillar, making room for an Excalibur-like legend.


Image: Saeed Jaffrey in Ajooba

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KS Ramesh in Pushpak

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In Srinivasa Rao Singeetham's classic silent comedy, all the attention is on the wily Kamal Haasan and the diabolical Tinnu Anand, but that's just a conjuror's trick as Haasan falls in love with a magician's daughter, played by Amla.

The magician himself was played by KS Ramesh, ensuring complete believability.


Image: KS Ramesh in Pushpak

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Kay Kay Menon in Drona

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Goldie Behl's massively-budgeted superhero fantasy flop was filmed in Prague, Bikaner, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Namibia -- and stayed away from actual scriptwriters throughout all those locations.

Anyway, Kay Kay Menon was a part of this Abhishek Bachchan vehicle, playing an evil magician called Riz Raizada.


Image: Kay Kay Menon in Drona

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