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Bollywood heroes and their new job profile

Last updated on: May 18, 2010 19:07 IST

Bollywood heroes and their new job profile

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It's not all engineers, doctors, businessmen and tough cops anymore.

Bollywood seems in the mood to experiment with exactly what its protagonists are upto, and here's a look at a few new and upcoming releases that have lead characters doing unconventional things:

Hrithik Roshan in Kites

Anurag Basu's latest film -- or Brett Ratner's, depending which language you watch it in -- sees Hrithik playing a dance instructor. It's a role that should come naturally to Roshan, one of the most talented dancers in the business.


Image: A scene from Kites

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Akshay Kumar in Housefull

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Sajid Khan's latest film casts Akshay Kumar as a ringer at a casino, hired by the house to bring bad luck to gamblers.

The film might have had a good opening at the box office, but Akshay's character was bad luck for the critics and audiences alike who had to endure this disaster film.


Image: A scene from Housefull

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Genelia D'Souza in Chance Pe Dance

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The Jaane Tu collegegirl plays a choreographer in this Ken Ghosh flop, auditioning young dancers while being unexpectedly open to choreography suggestions from them.

Shahid Kapoor plays one of the rejects she falls for, albeit a starry eyed one.


Image: Genelia D'Souza in Chance Pe Dance

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Ranbir Kapoor in Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year

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Shimit Amin's wonderful December release Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year casts Ranbir Kapoor as a computer salesman who believes in the power of human connections -- that people are people and not just numbers, a concept that does wonders for his bottom line.


Image: Ranbir Kapoor in Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year

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Aamir Khan in 3 idiots

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While most of Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots sees Aamir Khan studying in an engineering college, the film's big reveal -- and it's really no spoiler considering the entire country's seen the film at least twice -- is that he's a scientist called Phunksuk Wangdu.


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Shah Rukh Khan in My Name is Khan

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Karan Johar's latest hit sees Shah Rukh Khan as Rizwan, a sufferer of Asperger's Syndrome.

But despite communicating with strangers not being his strongest suit, Rizwan's brother hires him as a door-to-door cosmetics salesman.


Image: Shah Rukh Khan in My Name is Khan

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Imran Khan in I Hate Luv Storys

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In Karan Johar's semi-fluffy new romantic comedy, Sonam Kapoor stars opposite Imran Khan, who plays a jaded and cynical assistant director who doesn't believe in Johar's kind of candyfloss cinema.

Well, till he falls in love, anyway.


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Rajeev Khandelwal in Peter Gaya Kaam Se

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Goa isn't the best place for a car, the roads clearly not equipped to handle many motorists.

John Owen's directorial debut sees Khandelwal star as one of Goa's many motorcycle-cabbies, which means exactly as it implies -- a man who ferries one person to and fro.


Image: A scene from Peter Gaya Kaam Se

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Akshay Kumar in Kambakkht Ishq

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Last year's disastrous Sajid Nadiadwala production set Akshay Kumar as a stuntman.

But not just any stuntman, one that was the toast of Hollywood, rubbing shoulders with Denise Richards and touching the feet of action hero deity Sylvester Stallone.


Image: Akshay Kumar in Kambakkht Ishq

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Sanjay Dutt in Chatur Singh Two Star

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In what looks like an upcoming take on the Pink Panther's legendary Inspector Clouseau, made immortal by Peter Sellers, Sanjay Dutt plays a bumbling cop in his next comedy.

As expected, he finds himself in the midst of a crucial case that could clear his name immediately.


Image: A scene from Chatur Singh Two Star

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