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Killing us softly, in Bollywood

Last updated on: September 16, 2009 

Killing us softly, in Bollywood

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Murder is messy business. But then, to answer an overused cliche with an overused cliche, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Bollywood has its own share of hitmen, marksmen, hardcore assassins who'll do anything for money or a cause. With Salman Khan becoming the latest to join the killer ranks, here's a look at Bollywood assassins over the years:

Salman Khan in Wanted

In this remake of Southern hit Pokiri, Khan plays an assassin. It'll be interesting to see how well he does in the role, having essayed nothing of the sort before this.


Image: A scene from Wanted

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Shatrughan Sinha in Shaan

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Not just is Shatrughan Sinha an assassin in Shaan, but he's also a crackshot marksman who uses a telescopic sight and a sniper rifle to take care of his targets.


Image: A scene from Shaan

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Amitabh Bachchan in Satte Pe Satta

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Bachchan played the rustic big brother Ravi as well as Babu, the assassin sent to kill Ranjita. A cold-blooded killer, Babu's light eyes and sinister theme music make him quite unforgettable.


Image: Amjad Khan and Bachchan in a scene from Satte Pe Satta

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Tinnu Anand in Pushpak

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In one of the most inventive murder techniques, Tinnu Anand's madcap assassin in Pushpak used really sharp icicles to kill his victims so that the murder weapon would melt and leave no evidence behind.


Image: A scene from Pushpak

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Bobby Deol in Bichhoo

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In this painfully plagiarised remake of the wonderful Leon: The Professional, Bobby plays an assassin having to deal with the foul-mouthed and annoying Rani Mukerji.


Image: A scene from Bichhoo

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Rahul Dev in Sankat City

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An assassin who truly fits the bill, Dev's character in Sankat City is that of a true-blue mercenary, loyal only to the one footing the payment at the time.


Image: A scene from Sankat City

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Bobby Deol in Chamku

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After his family is slaughtered and he's raised by a Naxal, Deol goes on to become a killer -- except he works for the intelligence agency.


Image: Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol in a scene from Chamku

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Pooja Bedi in Vishkanya

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In this tacky yet unforgettable Jag Mundhra film, Pooja Bedi plays Nisha, a woman who was raised on poison and now likes to kill people using it. A film so bad it's essential viewing.


Image: A poster of Vishkanya

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Irrfan Khan in The Killer

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Khan plays Tom Cruise while Emraan Hashmi takes on the Jamie Foxx role in this horribly plagiarised version of Michael Mann's Collateral. Khan's character is a killer in town on work, and he happens to hire Hashmi's cab for the night -- leading to much bloody chaos.

Image: Irrfan Khan in The Killer

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Kamal Haasan in Hey Ram

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In Kamal's controversial film, the legend plays Saket Ram, a level headed man goaded into fundamentalism by the atrocious way his wife is raped and killed. He plans to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi, but eventually changes his mind.


Image: A scene from Hey Ram

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