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A conman Roy, gets dumped by his girl-friend. Then he finds out he has a fatal disease. On the verge of death, he resolves to do some good, by helping his apprentice Dittu hoodwink the mobster who hurt his (Dittu's) family.

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Roy Kapoor
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Simran "Simmi" Ahuja
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Aditya "Dittu" Srivastav (as Riteish)
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Chandrakant 'Chandru' Parekh
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Doorman at Five Star
Tinnu Anand ...
Parimal Bajaj
Hayat Asif ...
Chandru's Man 1
Ram Awana ...
Chandru's Man 2
Rajesh Balwani ...
Pratish Shah
Dipak Chauhan ...
Man at Shooting 1 (as Deepak Chauhan)
Deepak Dadhwal ...
Mr. Ahuja (as Deepak Dharwal)
Vallabh Gada ...
Doctor 2
Dinkar Gavande ...
Barber
Carol Gracias ...
Dancer in end credit music video
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Dr. Bhalerao
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Roy is leading a dual life . His girlfriend Simi believes he is an honest person while the reality is quite different. Roy is actually a professional conman who dupes innocent people as easily as he swats flies. When Simi comes to know of the reality, she is heartbroken and ditches Roy for ever. Roy repents but it seems like it's too late now. One day Roy bumps into Aditya "Dittu" Shrivastav who is an amateur conman. Dittu implores Roy to teach him the tricks of his trade, but Roy disagrees. One night, Roy collapses while crossing a road and visits Dr. Bhalerao for a medical checkup. It is revealed that Roy has a brain tumour and has very little time. He bumps into Dittu again and this time he agrees to take Dittu under his wing and teach him the basics of the art of conning. Together they zero in on a big "fish" - a shady hotel owner named Chandru and proceed to lure him into their master plan. Written by Soumitra

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£85,437 (UK) (16 December 2005)

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$718,956 (USA) (20 January 2006)
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Gender equality ruled on the sets of the film. It was unplanned, but 30 of the crew were women. There were women in every department, including direction, sound, lighting, camera, costume and photography. Abhishek Bachchan named this crew of young women in low-slung hipsters and g-strings "the chaddi masters". He would feel protective towards them and advise them to be more appropriately dressed. John Abraham, who heard about this while working on _Taxi Number 9211 (2006)_ (which had a more male unit) would enviously call them "Rohan's harem". See more »

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Dr. Bhalerao: [to Roy] I can treat anything. From common cold to AIDS!
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References Baazi (1951) See more »

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Neelaa
Trickbaby (Saira Hussain / Steve Ager / Shiv Kumar Sharma (as Shiv) & Hariprasad Chaurasia (as Hari))
Contains a sample from the song "Sar Se Sarke" from the movie Silsila (1981)
Original version from the Trickbaby album "Hanging Around"
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A fun film with some good tunes which will get your feet tapping.
16 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Roy Kapoor (Bachchan) is a career conman who excels in running the "perfect scam". He's in love with Simmi (Chopra) who he's been dating for 6 months and they're getting engaged. Unfortunately at their lavish engagement party, one of his most recent cons comes back to bite him on the proverbial when the victim turns out to be Simmi's uncle! Simmi had no idea her fiancé was a conman (she thought he was a stockbroker) and BOOM! The engagement is broken off and Simmi tells Roy that she wants nothing more to do with him.

Six months later, a forlorn Roy still wanders around like a lovesick puppy and comes across Dittu (Deshmukh) another conman but rather new to the game who's pulling off a con with a doctor (Irani). Dittu and colleague drop a banger and Dittu grabs the doctor and he falls to the floor thinking he's been shot, Dittu calls an "ambulance" but in reality they're out to steal whatever they can from the doctor. Roy "rescues" the doctor and in return the doctor gives him some well meaning advice, and in the process they discover that Roy has a brain tumour and only has 3 months to live. Simmi gets engaged to another man, Dittu keeps hounding Roy to mentor him as he wants to be as good at conning people as Roy for been for so many years and he wants to avenge his father's downfall at the hands of another conman Chandru (Patekar), who is somewhat of a gangster too.

The cons at the start and climax of the film were pretty brilliant and you really don't see the end one coming, so it is quite a surprise. I think it was very cleverly done but I'm guessing there's a Hollywood film out there with a similar storyline which has been copied because I'm pretty sure Bollywood didn't come up with this idea! If I'm doing Bollywood an injustice in that comment then I'd be the first to hold up my hand and admit I made a mistake.

The film itself is reminiscent of the Michael Douglas starrer The Game but don't be fooled into thinking it's a direct copy... It isn't!

All in all Bluffmaster gets a high 9 out of 10 from me. I'd recommend fans of comedy and/or con capers give this a watch. It's a slick fast-paced film with lots of eye candy for both the male and female audience with some good laughs thrown in along the way.


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