In 2003, Emraan Hashmi made his debut in Footpath. Over the last eight years, he may have earned himself the ‘serial kisser’ tag, but he has also established himself as an actor after delivering box-office hits like Murder (2004), Gangster (2006), Jannat (2006) and Murder 2 (2011). And now, he is gearing up to turn producer.
Taking a cue from uncles Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, Emraan admits that he’d like to make a film soon. "The idea has been on my mind for a while," he admits, adding, "It’s exciting… taking the reins in your own hands and doing something you believe in. I know from personal experience that production comes with its share of headaches, but I’m prepared to take that leap of faith. I don’t know what kind of film it will be as I’m yet to lock on a script, but maybe by the end of 2012, I’ll have something definite."
Meanwhile, his latest film — Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture — that opens in theatres today. It sees him play the part of a filmmaker called Abraham, whose character has partly been modeled on uncle Mahesh. Next up is Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai, in which he plays a guy who is reportedly in the porn business. "Dibakar, like Milan, yanks you out of your comfort zone and shows you what more you are capable of," says Emraan.
The film is believed to have sparked off a rivalry with co-star Abhay Deol, who is apparently peeved with all the attention that Emraan has been getting, from Dibakar and film fans, during their shooting schedule in Latur. That story draws a laugh, "No way! Abhay is a very secure actor. We only have a couple of scenes together. He has no reason to feel threatened."