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Aamir, Hrithik, Emraan: Meet Bollywood's magicians!

December 11, 2013 08:55 IST

Aamir, Hrithik, Emraan: Meet Bollywood's magicians!

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Just because we believe in movie magic doesn’t mean we love our movie magicians. A staggering majority of the names on this list of Bollywood magicians are misses rather than hits, but what the hey -- it’s hard to carry off a top hat, okay?

In tribute to the tap-dancing Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3, here’s a list of Hindi cinema’s many magicians:

Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3

There was a lot of pre-release buzz about Aamir playing an acrobat in the upcoming Dhoom 3, but that’s only part of his on-stage story.

Apparently he’s a big-name illusionist in the new film, taking on from father Jackie Shroff’s legacy as a stage magician. Oh, and he’s a criminal -- but you knew that already, right?

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Image: Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3


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Emraan Hashmi in Ek Thi Daayan

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Hashmi played a magician called Bobo in this horror film which, unique to Hindi cinema, tried to at least show how magicians manage to trick the audience -- even though the trick itself was blatantly lifted from Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige.

Either way Hashmi wasn’t a bad showman and had good patter, but it’s just that the filmmakers forgot he was a magician halfway into the film.


Image: Emraan Hashmi in Ek Thi Daayan


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Hrithik Roshan in Guzaarish

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Roshan tried gamely to play a magician in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, and while his performance wasn’t bad at all -- even though there was a bit too much digital imagery and not enough sleight of hand -- the same can’t be said for Bhansali’s film which turned out to be an absolute disaster.


Image: Hrithik Roshan in Guzaarish


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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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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 crime-fighting 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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