Posts tagged Jogi Parmar
Tagged as a serial kisser, a specialist of erotic movies, the ‘A’ film actor Emraan Hashmi has broken free of the image. He now has a line-up of films that include horror, comedy and a supernatural thriller. Here, the actor talks about the challenge each character presents and his love for springing surprises
Chhaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; June 13, 2012)
Are you feeling vindicated now that your performance in Shanghai has been hailed as the best in the film? I wouldn’t exactly say that but yes it feels good to have broken the formulaic image that people had formed about me. There were people who actually didn’t want me out of that mould! Frankly, it was a risk, which has paid off. Shanghai had a unique kind of storytelling and I am very happy to be a part of this film.
What prompted you to take the risk? I had always played urban uni-dimensional characters, which I could relate to. It was a challenge to play the earthy character of Jogi Parmar. Having said that, there was a certain element of self-doubt, which every actor has when he steps out of his image but, Dibakar Banerjee was a director I had wanted to work with and I realised I had more to gain by doing this film, the reason I decided to take it up.
What was unique about the experience this time? I did a lot of theatre workshops and Dibakar showed me many videos which had characters modelled on Jogi, because a man like Jogi can’t be a hero in Hindi films because of his physicality. But he has the intention and More >
Emraan Hashmi talks about his journey from Footpath toShanghai and rise from formula to creative fulfilment
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 10, 2012)
Days before Shanghai’s release, Emraan Hashmi had to cancel his tickets to the the IIFA awards at Singapore. The last thing this actor, at the cusp of stardom and art, was expecting to be held up by was a stomach flu. At his expansive Pali Hill residence, Emraan, in a checked shirt and flat-front khakis, lounges in the hall that’s flush with sunshine and breeze. “I must have eaten something nasty at Kanpur or Lucknow where I had gone to promote Shanghai. I really wanted to be with Dibakar Banerjee and my co-stars at a platform like IIFA,” he says.
Away from the arc lights, Emraan is the antithesis of his ‘filmi’ screen image. He has had a silent surge, first as a mass hero, then as a bankable star, and now an ‘A-lister’, who is starring in a Karan Johar film as well as a Vishal Bhardwaj venture. In most of his 25 films thus far, the majority of which have been super-hit potboilers, the 33-year-old has played grey, troubled characters that get away with swindling, killing, betraying people and, of course, kissing girls and getting luckier than that too. From Footpath, Murder, Gangster, Awarapan, Jannat, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai to his disarmingly sincere performance as Jogi Parmar in Shanghai, Emi (pronounced Immy) has coursed the long mile. The only thing that has remained unchanged in his career is the signature More >
Emraan Hashmi dropped by at DNA and spoke to the team about his career, his upcoming films and a lot more.
DNA (June 3, 2012)
You’re now seen as as an A-list hero… Yes, I don’t know what that means. I mean you guys know better, about how you jump from the B-list to the A-list or become a star or a superstar. I don’t know that.
Now you’re being sarcastic. I really don’t know. I want you guys to tell me what exactly cuts the list, the B-list and A-list, because I don’t understand. Is it the collections of your films? Is it that perceivably you don’t mingle with the who’s who of Bollywood? I don’t understand it. See, I’ve done films the way I used to, my agenda is still the same. I will still do the films that I believe in. You won’t suddenly see me doing a candyfloss film, running-around-trees kind of film. Thankfully, these mainstream filmmakers have adapted and seen that my films clock in the numbers at the box office.
Does your choice of roles in any way reflect the fact that very soon your son will be watching your films? No, I don’t really make films for my family — I make films for the audience. They know it already. I’ve told them loads of times that if I make films for you, I’ll only end up watching it with you at home on DVD.
There was a time when one read that Bipasha Basu had refused a film with you, and now one reads that Kareena Kapoor wants to work with you. How do you feel about this turnaround? Everyone has their own way of selecting films and they More >
Emraan Hashmi has a new intent — to reinvent himself as an actor, so that the audience knows he can do more than just kiss passionately in his films
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; May 31, 2012)
The trailers of Shanghai look nothing like a quintessential Emraan Hashmi movie. Are you trying to challenge yourself or challenge your audience’s perception of you with this film? Jogi Parmar, my character, is a small town journalist, who is multifaceted — he shoots marriage videos, he is a photographer, he shoots porn films, he does all these to make ends meet. He is a character who has got his small-town complexes and all… I’ve never played a character from a small town, so this role was very different for me, both in terms of getting into his psyche and changing my physicality… Of course, the physicality part is pretty easy because you have to stuff your face with pizzas and pastas. His psyche is something that was very different. We had over 10 workshops for it. I’ve generally played very urbane characters, confident characters. This guy has got an inferiority complex. So, I had to get into his head to understand that. I’ve played guys who’ve been smooth with women, who are great talkers, but Jogi is… he fumbles, he just about makes ends meet. He is gawky, he is awkward… he feels even smaller and more inferior when he comes in contact with a white woman. He puts up this brave front but you have to understand that that’s how he conceals his inferiority complex. So, we had to go More >