"My character in Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is a player, the quintessential harami (scoundrel) who shies away from commitment. My résumé is filled with such characters and Madhur’s (director Madhur Bhandarkar) brief to me was to revisit all of them," admits Emraan Hashmi.
The careless casanova in the romcom that releases today, admits that after the success of Murder (2004) in which he played Mallika Sherawat’s campus Romeo who draws her into an extra-marital affair, followed by films like Zeher (2005), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005), Aksar (2006), Good Boy, Bad Boy (2006), The Train (2007), Jannat (2008) and more recently, Crook –It’s Good To Be Bad (2010) and Once Upon A Time In Mumbai (2010), he’s got stuck with the bad boy image and the tag of the serial kisser.
"I’m fine with it, it chose me. I didn’t choose it. Even my wife (Parveen) has accepted it and, over the years, grown more tolerant. She has given me a lot of freedom for my on-screen exploits but if I asked for any more, I’d probably land a punch on my face," he laughs.
College days, he recalls, were full of innocent flirting as he flitted through relationships in search of the one that worked. "So, playing the casanova has been extremely easy," he grins. "I could easily connect with the love guru in Madhur’s film who doles out plenty of advice and believes he has the solution to all ailing relationships till Cupid strikes him. It’s happened with me too."
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji has been passed with an ‘A’ certificate. One reason why it was thought to be unfit for universal viewing was reportedly Emraan’s explicit lovemaking scenes. The actor insists that there’s nothing vulgar or over-the-top about them. He doesn’t believe that talk about pornography, infidelity or virginity is adult stuff either.
“Times are changing and our censor board continues to be so regressive. Everyone who has seen the film believes the ‘A’ certificate was unfair. They need to rethink and amend the ‘U’, ‘U/A’ and ‘A’ certificate to 12-plus, 15-plus and 18-plus as it is in the west. As a responsible parent, I wouldn’t want my son to watch his first adult film before he was 18 but I know it’s likely that he’d have seen it before,” Hashmi reasons, admitting that he sneaked in to see the Sharon Stone-starrer Basic Instinct (1994) when he was 13. “It was a revelation! So different from the usual action films I was used to seeing.”
Coming up Emraan’s bad boy roles
Dirty Picture: Reportedly plays a pimp in this film inspired by soft pornstar Silk Smitha’s real-life story.
Shanghai: In Dibakar Banerjee’s political thriller, buzz is that he plays a maker of seedy videos.
Murder 2: Sequel is inspired by the Nithari killings, and Emraan will enter the dark world of a serial killer in decadent Goa.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai sequel: Plays underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.