The casting director of Satya Sai Baba deserves a medal, we think, for seeing a haunting shadow of the late godman in India’s foremost singer of popular bhajans, Anup Jalota. Yet, seeing that Jalota is a devotee, it might have been a low-hanging orange. Impersonating the baba won’t be a tough challenge, except for his lifelong excellence, according to some, as India’s foremost magician—vibhuti, rings, necklaces…he could conjure anything out of thin air. Add to that the widely believed powers of miracles, clairvoyance and, most frightening of all, bilocation. Yet, the charismatic, inspirational Sai Baba was guru and comforter to India’s most inspiring—A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Rajinikanth and many more. A masterful make-believer or one of India’s great mystics? The verdict, for us, hangs on Jalota’s acting ability.