The unconventional Emraan Hashmi and his unbelievable success

They say ‘Nothing Succeeds like Success’. When Emraan Hashmi started his acting career as a tapori in ‘Footpath’, I doubt anyone would have imagined in their wildest of dreams that 10 years down the line, he would be one of the most bankable stars in the country.

His boy-next-door looks, normal build, average acting talent and comparatively negligible dancing ability made him an unconventional hero. But one look at the stats of his decade long career defy all the established logic and as cricket commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu says, ‘Statistics are like mini-skirts, they reveal more than they hide’.

Hashmi has an enviable haul of 13 successful movies (Murder, Zeher, Kalyug, Aksar, Gangster, Jannat, Raaz 2, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture, Jannat 2 and the recent Raaz 3) to his credit in the last decade, a number that stands tall even when compared to many A-List superstars.

Emraan Hashmi

Apart from these, his work has been liked and appreciated in Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Aawarapan and Shanghai too. He also boasts of arguably the most popular song bank in the last 10 years. He is the only actor to be associated with as many as three successful franchises. And what’s more, he’s achieved it all without established female actors, as more often than not he has been paired opposite struggling newcomers.

So what is the reason behind the uniquely mysterious success of Emraan? Well, let’s figure out!

  • Is it sheer luck? Well, c’mon give him his due credit. Luck works once, twice but not for 10 straight years.
  • Is it the erotica Serial-Kisser Image? Again, I am not ready to buy this statement. There are movies like Jism 2, Sheesha, Hiss, Khwahish and many more which provide more erotica but could not sustain at the box office. Also, there are many struggling actors who are more than willing to do such films, so why invest crores on Emraan Hashmi?
  • Is he just a Vishesh Films protégé? It’s true that he is Mahesh Bhatt’s discovery but so is Rahul Roy or Kunal Khemu or many others as Bhatts are known for making small budget movies with newcomers. But how many of them have made it big like Emraan?
  • Does the melodious music work wonders each time? Well then how can we explain the failures of superhit musicals over the years including some of Hashmi’s own movies?

While all of the above mentioned factors cannot be ignored, the basic connect that Emraan has with the audience is the first and foremost reason. He looks the character on screen, plays it naturally and makes the most of his magnetic screen presence. It is not that all his characters have been a cakewalk for him. Even in the presence of show stealers like Ajay Devgan (OUATIM), he has managed to leave a mark. His hunger for success and raw approach towards acting makes him different from the media hyped next generation superstars. Raaz 3 final numbers will be more than the biggest solo hits of Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar), Imran Khan (Delhi Belly), Abhishek Bachchan (Guru), Saif Ali Khan (Cocktail) and John Abraham (Force? Jism?).

It is just a matter of one huge universal success and Emraan will be sitting pretty in the top league. And getting that universal success seems to be just a matter of time now given his upcoming projects with Dharma Productions, Vishal Bhardwaj and Rajkumar Gupta.

What do you think are the reasons behind the staggering success of Emraan Hashmi? Tell us in the comments section below.

Abhishek Sharma

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160 Comments

  • To be frank, even today, the big reasons for audiences, especially masses to watch his movies are : his legendary lip suckings(many actors do, but no one can do better them him), his famous steamy erotic scenes, adult content of his movies, good music, boy-next door’s ‘naughty & hottie’ image. Without these there is no ’emraan kiss-me’. Having said that he is a decent actor & as equally talented as srk, but srk’s maya memsaab scene is the greatest,best and most popular fcking sex scene ever in indian cinema history. Even emraan cant out do srk, as far as ‘erotic acting’ is concerned.

  • another BULLSHIT!!!after ranbir……why cant you people and critics understand the stereotype role actor is never a good actor. emraan has no range at all, thats why when he skipped the bloody serial kisser image in shanghai..the movie bombed big time!!!!his theory is straight….a few kisses, a high voltage strippings from the heroine, and a few catchy melody music only after which he signs a movie. its the stupid teenagers mostly some girls who behind these songs, they unfortunately become his audience. he will never have a future without vikram bhatt or mahesh bhatt…take my word.he should not be tolerated and i like the way the biggies of bollywood are treating him….just a mile away. he deserves that. emraan dear…please stop kissing, act in movie without romantic songs, and act in a banner out of bhatt family…then deliver a hit….at that time we’ll salute you….CAN YOU DO THAT???? or perish!!!

  • @Frankly speaking. I really never knew that about srk. I had thought Ur mother making out with a street guy and that tape sold was most erotic. vagina was humongous man. and ultimately u were born.

  • I think one of the greatest reasons are his ON-SCREEN Appearance which looks so real in big sceen!!!!
    may be his films are selective but do you think while watching his characters u thought of other actors doing better than him in that role!!!!!!!! will u take abhishek bachhan in raaz 3!!!!!!HELL NO which def. means he ‘s very intelligent too coz he know what role should suite him most!!!!!!!EVEN HE KNOWS HE CAN’T BE IN MOV LIKE KRISHHH……….BUT THAT IS LIFE IS…………U’RE GOOD AT SOMETHING OR OTHER!!!NO ONE IS GOD

  • @praveen So what if he kisses on screen? Many do that.. and donot forget Shanghai was fr a niche audience Even if Salman would have done Shanghai it would have bombed! And get your facts right dude ! he is doing 2 films with KJo and 1 film with Vishal bhardwaj and another with raj kumr gupta. Are these outsiders too? And another thing.. Emraan is doing what audiences what him to do.. and the films are becoming huge hits.. And do u think Indian audiences are dumb enuf to watch a movie just cuz there is a kiss in it? Get a life. Give the man his due.

  • emraan hashmi is far more better dan akshay,shahid,imraan &many others………he has the ability to give a blockbuster movie dat 2 without any top grade heroine……….atleast his films are not boring as compared 2 salman khan’s ek tha tiger nd boyguard………..its not good 2 compare him with srk nd ajay as both of them has done a lot 4 indian cinema……….RAAZ 3 total gross collection was 75 crore. people like SHAHID KAPOOR nd IMRAAN KHAN cant even gross the 25 crore if they are ask 2 work with any debutant actress………Akshay Kumar gave 17 flops in a row but with movies like Rowdy rathore( cheapest movie ever seen) nd housefull 2(senseless) , he is considered as box office superstar………….
    its still early days 4 EMRAAN HASHMI ……… So all EMRAAN HASHMI FAN be cool nd relaxed becoz in near future EMMY is our rising superstar who will gross 100 crore for all his movie.

  • Emraan is the baadshaw. We are watching his movies here in Oman..
    Loved to see his frustration scenes and heart touch songs…

  • The factor that leads Emmi to success is not only hard work but also immense tolerance and patience. No actor could have put up with the amount of criticism he received from critics, public as the dumped serial kisser, . Yes I agree many of his performances are trash e.g. Zeher, Aksar, Good boy bad boy and others. But he can act very well. Milan Luthria, Madhur Bhandarkar has been able to extract the best from him in OUATIM, The dirty picture and Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. His performance in Shanghai is considered among best of 2012. He has bagged a number of nominations in recent years. His performances are mature in Awarapan, Raaz 2, Tum Mile, Jannat 2. He does a lot apart from kissing unlike akshay kumar who has done nothing but brainless comedy. Imran khan and tusshar(except golmaal) have failed to prove their time and again. Salman’s focus shifts from acting to action. However Emraan is yet to become the likes of SRK, Aamir, Hrithik, Big B. But the level he has reached from Mr.nobody makes one feel its not very far.

  • He’s an amazing actor …he and Randeep Hooda are the present and the future for this industry…not Ranbir, Ranveer, or Shahid !!! And many of thop A list like Abhsihek, Hrithik, Saif and others should take lessons from him !!! Go EMRAAN !!!

  • I really agreed he is a brilent hero, and he has many hit movies, we can’t ignore IH’s movie songs which make his movies a spicy masala.

  • ok im from chennai the reason i started watching bollywood is because of emraan ,i mean his anti-hero roles and i loved him in JANNAT”,he was like my mentor he taught me how to be a cool guy and just get what i want with sheer ease,above all emraan hashmi is my inspiration in life on how to live and be the top even in huge competition ,,,he is awesome

  • He has one ov my fav….an awsum actor having great musix in his movies…AYE KHUDA sng frm his mrdr 2 is ma hot favt sng…i think i have seen his movie awarapan near about 100 times….and stil wantng 2 watch…

  • Emraan Hashmi rocks people do critise him that mahesh bhatt is his mentor and all that which is same with many others too like abhishekh ,etc but success for 10 years just with kisses and music. I think he is defenately most bankable actor which is good for him, very selective, and he also got one hollywood project as a lead which many actor say that they worked with hollywood movies for exampel anil kapoor in MI3. Best of luck emraan hashmi keep rocking

  • Emraan Hashmi unique way of acting skills ,one of the best versatile actor in Bollywood now as u can check movies like Awarapan,Shanghai,Murder2,Jannat,The Dirty Picture, Gangster proves him Versatile better Actor in Indian Film Industry, He is the only one Lucky Bollywood Actor who gets most of his films with Chartbuster songs ,Emraan Known as #GodOfAwesomeEvergreenSuperHitSongs
    My all time favourite movies of Emraan
    Jannat,Jannat2, Awarapan…. Emmi rocks

  • i am huge fan of emran bhai,,,, some friend say that i am always look like a emran hashmi,,,,,,,my facial expression,,my attitude,,my style is same like emran hashmi,,,,,but i am not a copy cat,,,,,,,i have own seprate identity,,
    best of luck emran,,,,,keep it up,,,,

  • Waiting for
    mr x 3D
    tigers
    hamari adhuri kahani
    azhar biopic
    bajrangi bhaijan
    jannat3
    raaz4
    murder4
    king of bollywood

  • emraan is a good actor and very successful with out any background while bhatt’s are his side but emraan to do Wright films to increase his family fans if hasmi did films like this way he will be the biggest star in bollywood after 5 years like srk,amir,salman ….because he is better than abhishek,john,imran

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