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Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt at loggerheads again

Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, known for their tremendous screen presence, are at loggerheads in Aladin, an adventure film in which the Big B plays a genie.

In recent times, the two stars have worked together in half a dozen odd films like Shoot-Out At Lokhandwala, Eklavya – The Royal Guard, Deewar – Let’s Bring Our Heroes Home, Viruddh and Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin.

However, the one which clearly stands out amongst the crowd is Kaante (2002) which when released seven years back had given a different dimension to their on-screen rivalry.

Now the two veteran actors will be at loggerheads again in Eros International’s Aladin.

“Both the actors are fighting it out in Aladin. It’s a different energy altogether when actors like these are pitted against each other. This time around it is Genius – The Genie (Big B) v/s Ringmaster (Sanjay Dutt),” Director Sujoy Ghosh said.

Kaante was known for Sanjay Dutt’s dialogue – Major, Tu Sirf Bhaukega Ya Kaatega Bhi [Major, are you only going to bark or even bite]?’ In real life, Sanjay is known for respecting the Big B, he said.

Bachchan in one of his blog had mentioned how Sanjay stops smoking and even hides his lighted cigarate if he (Bachchan) walks into his room.

“When two actors like these are pitted opposite each other, there are bound to be fireworks. Now whether these would be through power packed dialogues or some intense scenes or symbolic gestures is something that would be for audiences to see once the film arrives in October. However, I can assure that those looking for a man-to-man combat, whether physically or verbally, won’t be disappointed”, said Sujoy who is said to have created enough dramatic sequences featuring the two.

“I couldn’t have wasted this opportunity for anything,” he said.

“Both of them have appeared in quite a few movies together but their characters have more often than not shared cordial relationship with each other. In ‘Aladin’, they are on different sides of the fence and have fought it out in the middle,” Ghosh said.

Starring Amitabh Bachchan as Genius – The Genie, Ritiesh Deshmukh as Aladin and Sanjay Dutt as ‘Ringmaster’, Aladin also marks the debut of Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandes who is paired opposite Ritiesh.

With music by Vishal and Shekhar, Aladin is produced by Eros International in association with Sujoy Ghosh’s production company Boundscript.

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