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Say cheese, to these Bollywood stars

Last updated on: March 30, 2011 10:00 IST

Image: Sunny Deol shoots on the sets of Mohalla Assi
Shaikh Ayaz in Mumbai

Usually, they enjoy all the attention in front of the camera. For a change, they like going behind it, too. For instance, tough man Sunny Deol surprised his fans by revealing a new-found passion for photography during the recent shoots of his upcoming film Mohalla Assi.

Well, he's not the only actor who loves the lens. Boman Irani, Emraan Hashmi, Parvin Dabas... the list is endless. On screen, too, Bollywood has seen actors using the camera to good effect.

Take a look at your favourite stars going snap-happy on screen.

Ranbir Kapoor in Wake Up Sid

Image: Ranbir Kapoor in Wake Up Sid
The spoilt brat Sid has no focus in life. But his interest in photography wins him an internship at a magazine causing his life to take on another meaning. Out goes the carefree Sid and in his place arrives a talented lens-man with a big future.

Arjun Rampal in We Are Family

Image: Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in We Are Family
Having worked with several top photographers in his career (what's more, being launched by cinematography whiz Ashok Mehta in Moksha), it looks like Arjun had to put little effort in playing a glamour shutterbug in We Are Family.

Neil Nitin Mukesh in Aa Dekhen Zara

Image: Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu in Aa Dekhen Zara
Throughout the film, Neil's Ray Acharya, a photo-journalist, goes around town with an antique camera which belongs to his late grandfather. He realises the camera can predict future and well, all images break loose.

Monica Dogra in Dhobi Ghat

Image: Monica Dogra in Dhobi Ghat
The US-returned Shai is infatuated with Mumbai and its culture. She runs into a dhobi who promises to take her around to click cityscapes. From atop a building to doing a professional portfolio for her dhobi friend, her camera spares no aspect of life in Mumbai.

R Madhavan in 3 Idiots

Image: R Madhavan in 3 Idiots

If his father had his way, Farhan would have become an engineer. And not a very promising one, at that.

Instead, Farhan is made to realise that his interest lays in wildlife photography which he pursues with dedication. In the end, he shows up as a hot-shot shutterbug.

Amitabh Bachchan in Nishabd

Image: Jiah Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in Nishabd
He looks at her invitingly. She looks back lusciously. He loves clicking her. She loves being his muse. He clicks her as she gets fully drenched in water. She enjoys all the attention. Sparks flow. But the only problem is the aged photographer is in love with a girl half his age.

Rishi Kapoor in Coolie/Hum Tum

Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in Coolie
Displaying great gift for comedy, Rishi's sloshed photo-journalist in Coolie created more laughter than the pictures/news reportage that his employers demand.

In Hum Tum, however, emerged an entirely new photographer, Paris-returned, whose subjects are fashion models, not real people.

Fardeen Khan in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya

Image: Fardeen Khan and Urmila Matondkar in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya
Is RGV obsessed with photographers? Much before Nishabd, he got Fardeen Khan to play one. His character -- the much-married Jai -- soon gets into an obsessive romance with model Urmila Matondkar.

In what real life could have been a breach of personal privacy, in the film, serves as a foil for a tumultuous relationship between the two.

Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Image: Ravi Baswani in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
They are too foolish to be photographers and too wise to be foolish.

The comic situations that arise in this hilarious satire wouldn't have been possible if not for the folly of Naseeruddin Shah and the late Ravi Baswani who set the ball rolling very early in the laugh-riot.

Shammi Kapoor in Brahmachari

Image: Rajshree and Shammi Kapoor in Brahmachari
A heart-warming forerunner of Anil Kapoor's Mr India, Brahmachari features the legendary Shammi as a day-time photographer struggling to feed his adopted kids.

A chance encounter with a girl who's about to drown bring cheers and tears in equal measure.