Moving away from Bhatts intentional-Emraan Hashmi
Sayantan Dalal (DNA; August 23, 2012)
Emraan Hashmi has come a long way from being an assistant director of Raaz to being the lead actor of its sequels (Raaz 2 and 3). In a tete-a-tete with After Hrs, the actor, who is said to have one of the most bankable track records at the box-office, gets candid about his 10-year trek in Bollywood — serial kisser se mass-hero tak. The excerpts:
Now that you’ve completed 10 years in the industry, how do you look back at the time gone by?
Every day is a learning experience. I started around 10 years ago as the assistant director for Raaz. I never thought I’d be an actor then, but due to the turn of events I got into films. And up until a few years ago, I was struggling with films, making mistakes. But everything’s changed now.
One of the things to change was you moving out of the Bhatt camp…
It (moving out of the Bhatt camp) was intentional. I wanted to get out of the safety net. The Bhatts do great films, but I was only doing films with them. So, it was better for all of us that we work with different people to evolve creatively. And whenever we come together again for a film, we will be able to give the audience something different.
With the whole buzz over the Rs100 crore club, do you feel pressurised by it, especially with your film Raaz 3 releasing soon?
Not really. I will never compromise on my roles. Certain kinds of films will do good in terms of money, and some won’t. Like I knew Shanghai is not the kind to garner a 100-crore, but I took it up simply because it was a great film.
First it was Bipasha (Basu), now it’s Kareena (Kapoor) who apparently shied away from being paired opposite you in a film. Do these stories affect you?
My priority is doing good films. What people feel or think doesn’t affect me. If someone thinks that doing a film with me won’t add to their career graph, then they are probably right in their place. Their presence or absence won’t affect my career or my decision to do good films. I am willing to learn more. I believe that one needs to have conviction to be successful.
Lastly, you are teaming up with Vidya Balan again in Ghanchakkar…
It’s fantastic.A lot of unfulfilled wishes were there when my character Abraham didn’t end up with Vidya’s in The Dirty Picture. So, I guess the audience will love to see this new chemistry between us. Besides, there is a comfort level that I share with her, so it was fun.
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