By Subhash K Jha
Over the decades actors have learnt various skills for their characters. Dilip Kumar learnt to play the Sitar for Azad and Shabana Azmi learnt Karnatik sangeet for Morning Raga.
And while Ranbir Kapoor will learn to play the guitar for Imtiaz Ali’s Rock Star, Hrithik Roshan has gone and learnt a skill which no other Indian actor (barring Kamal Haasan in the South) has learnt.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish features Hrithik in the role of a magician. A Ukranian magician has been specially called to teach Hrithik special magic tricks to make him look convincing.
Says a source, “Sanjay Bhansali didn’t want Hrithik to fake the magic. Nor did he want the usual rabbit-from-the-hat kind of magic tricks. The director wanted the magic scenes with the magician to be really magical. A world-wide hunt was launched for a magician who would fit the bill. It had to be someone who would give Guzaarish ample time and establish a comfort level with Hrithik.”
Finally the right magician was found. The director put aside for the last most of the scenes showing Hrithik doing magician’s tricks. Now that the rest of the shooting is over, the Ukranian magician arrives next month to work on the magician’s tricks.
Says the source, “But the interesting part is, the Ukranian magician was in Mumbai for a brief spell to work with Hrithik. He taught Hrithik some of the coolest magic tricks, never seen in these parts.
Now Hrithik keeps his two sons entertained all the time. Now the elder one expects his father to be the official magician of the evening on the boy’s next birthday.
If Hrithik wants an alternate career he can easily become a magician and give our P C Sorkars a run for their money.”
While choosing to remain mum over the ‘magical’ schedule next month Sanjay Leela Bhansali says, “A magician’s participation is needed in the film. Beyond that Hrithik and I are hoping to create magic together, period.”