Emraan Hashmi, who has featured in films like Murder, Jannat, The Dirty Picture and Shanghai, says success in both commercial and off-beat cinema is important for an actor.
“Both commercial and serious films are important to me and, I think, as an actor I need both. After you get commercial success, you want to do a film like ‘Shanghai’. I knew it will not be able to do so much business like ‘Murder 2’ or ‘The Dirty Picture’. But it was an important film for me,” said Emraan talking about his choice of films.
“It was also a surprise element for viewers because they had never seen me in a character like that,” he added.
The 33-year-old, who made his acting debut with 2003 film Footpath, never thought of taking up acting as a career.
“After getting in the industry, I made mistakes and was learning in the first four years. Then I started enjoying it. ‘Awarapan’ and ‘Jannat’ worked for me in different ways. I have learnt a lot along the way,” he said.
Emraan’s recent Raaz 3 has not been received well by the critics. Also starring Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta, the film is a sequel to 2009 film ‘Raaz – The Mystery Continues’, which itself was a sequel to 2002 ‘Raaz’.
Talking about his close association with Raaz series, he said he was the assistant director (AD) for Raaz, which featured actors Bipasha and Dino Morea.
“I was on set as the AD, I used to see Bipasha and Dino acting but never thought that one day I would be in front of the camera. It’s been a very surprising journey for me,” he said.
Talking about the kind of films made in Bollywood at present, Emraan says that with films like Shanghai and Gangs of Wasseypur, the industry is entering into a more serious and realistic domain. With this development, the number of genres is also increasing.
“When I started 10 years back, only romantic and comedy films used to work. Now, a parallel cinema has come, which is a dark and edgy. It has genres like thrillers, suspense, horror films,” said Bollywood’s serial kisser who believes the audiences want new and different cinema.
When it comes to taking up projects, Emraan believes in accepting innovative themes.
“I don’t know what I want to do. I just read scripts and then decide. It’s like the audience also doesn’t know they want to see something new until they see it. There are some filmmakers who keep making the same kind of films, because it is the safe thing to do. But I will not do that, I will only do something when I get a good script,” he said.
Having done more than 20 films, the closest ones to his heart are Footpath, Awarapan, Jannat and Shanghai.
Emraan will be seen doing comedy with actress Vidya Balan in director Rajkumar Gupta’s Ghanchakkar.
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My most favourite Emraan Hashmi movies are Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Raaz 3D, Murder, Gangster, Raaz 2-The Mystery Continues, Awarapan, Jannat, Jannat 2, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture, Crook, Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji and Shanghai
Raaz3 weekend more than 36cr…
Emraan is better then any newcomer like Ranbr Ranveer and all he is a good actor.
Nice thought he have and what a co-incidence that he was working as AD in raaz and than as hero in its sequel and now in trequel.
Great actor after srk
eMRAAn d next supeRSTAR he has potential and talent … D toucy jannat and awarapan …proves dat only emmi cn perform those emotional shots to d ultimate perfection ..emmi u rock … U r nt far behind from d recent list of superstar jst go on delivering us superb cntent mvies ..nd superhit sngs ..u wil easily leave akshay nd devgan behind
His starpower is increasing per movies by movies.
He is not just serial kisser but a natural actor too. I think he is the only superstar of bollywood after khans.
Emraan and Salman combination of new movie will all time hitttt of bollywood box office………..
I Like Emraan hashmi for his real acting..
He should not stop. Best Thriller actor.
Emraan is a SUPERSTAR!I just love him.he is a fantastic actor.i would love to see him and Salman in a movie tougheter.best actor of Bollywood in one movieee!!wawww