Director: Rajkumar Santoshi; Writer: Ranjit Kapoor, Dushyant Kumar, Sameer, Rajkumar Santoshi; Producer: Jyoti Penkar, Samee Siddiqui, K. Subhash; Cinematographer: Nataraja Subramanian; Editor: Steven H. Bernard; Cast: Ajay Devgn, Vidya Balan, Pankaj Kapoor, Darshan Jariwala, Abhay Bhargav, Shiva Natrajan, Anjan Srivastav, Sulabha Arya, Iqbal Dosani, Deepak Pandit, Sitaram Panchal, Sanjay Mishra, Anupam Shyam, Viju Khote, Sana Khaan, Rushita Singh, Amay Kadakaia, Sanatan Mody, Rahul Kanawat, Manoj Khalatkar, Mithilesh Chaturvedi, Manish Verma, Vishal Vijay, Parth Akerkar, Nini Andreas Ayach, Kabir Bedi, Arun Behl, Sayali Bhagat, Rajat Bhatia, Ruby Bhatia, Sanyogita Chavan, Prabhu Chawla, Sukanya Chawla, Milind Dastane, Deepak Desai, Bharat Kumar Dhingra, Pankaj Dubey, Priya Goud, Ashique Hussain, Javed Jaffrey, Arvind Jayant, Rajiv Jha, Boney Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Ranjit Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Raja Kapse, Jahangir Kerketta, Vinod Khanna, Neeraj Khetrapal, Jaswinder Kohli, Urvashi Krishna, Ajit Kulkarni, Rajesh Kumar, Madhavan, Mammootty, Nimesh G. Mehta, Prem Mishra, Mohanlal, Pahlaj Nihalani, Bhattacharya Nilaanjana, Prasad Pandit, Deepak Patel, Surinder Premi, Saheb Das Manik Puri, Bablu Shah, Asha Sharma, Neeru Sharma, Om Prakash Sharma, Andrew Shemin, Shilpa Shetty, Garima Shrivastava, Jackie Shroff, Jarnail Singh, Sadhana Singh, Sridevi, Surekha, Anurag Swami, Swati, Mustan Tambawala, Lekh Tandon, Dilip Tiwari, Mukesh Tiwari, Ajay Kumar Verma, Shivkumar Verma, Neeraj Vora, Arshad Warsi, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Anil Kapoor
Summary: Ashfaque (Ajay Devgan) is a small town boy aspiring to be a film star in the Hindi film industry. He joins a street theatre group run by a reformed dacoit Sidhu (Pankaj Kapur) who uses street theatre as a medium to bring about an awakening in the masses. Ashfaque struggles to give a creative vent to the actor in him in order to realize his dreams. Ashfaque's determined struggle pays off and he gets a break in films. He gets a new screen name - Sameer Khan. With the passage of time, the roles start becoming better and he moves up the success ladder in a very short time. Soon, he becomes Sameer Khan the superstar - one who can enact any role with finesse, get under the skin of any and every character with ease and walk away with audience applause. Sadly, amidst all adulation and applause, he slowly loses his own identity. He forgets his real self and imbibes all characteristics of the various roles essayed by him on screen. Corruption takes over his entire system, alienating him from all loved ones, including his wife Sneha (Vidya Balan). A shocking incident at a party changes everything, rocking Sameer Khan's lifestyle. He gets caught between his human self on one side and his corrupted superstar image on the other. Whether the conflict within him gives way to good sense and whether he is able to discard his corrupted image and emerge as a true life hero, becomes an integral part of this true life cinema.