Emraan Hashmi admits that he was approached for Pooja Bhatt’s steamy sequel, Jism 2, but confirms that he won’t be doing the film.
“I don’t know about the final casting, but this role is definitely going to someone else,” says the actor, reasoning that he is already working on Murder 3. “I don’t want to take on another erotic thriller and repeat myself.”
Emraan is on a high after two back-to-back superhits this year, Murder 2 and The Dirty Picture.
“As an actor it is good for the ego to know that the numbers are going up. My box-office value is increasing and it’s reflecting at the grassroot level,” he smiles.
“I don’t need critics to endorse me… It’s enough to know that I can draw people to the theatres on Fridays. I’m playing my song, whether you want to listen to it or not, is your choice entirely,” says the actor unabashedly.
The actor adds that he is not against sequels. He has been busy shooting for Jannat 2, that has just taken off, three years since its original Jannat (2008) dared to take on the challenge of cricket during the first season of the Indian Premier League and still happened to score big.
“From match-fixing, we’ve moved to illegal trading in arms and ammunition as another man from a small town continues his quest for heaven,” says Emraan.
Next year, Raaz 3D, the third installment in the horror series, flags off. Vikram Bhatt and Bipasha Basu return to their franchise a decade after the original Raaz (2002) with another deadly secret.
Murder is another franchise that Emraan is taking forward next year, so why not Jism?
“As I explained Jism and Murder belong to the same genre. And while the original Jism had John Abraham, I featured in both the Murder movies and have become synonymous with the brand,” he says, adding, “This may sound like a boast but it’s a fact, I don’t think they can make a Murder without me.”