Emraan Hashmi on a high after two back-to-back blockbusters, signs No One Killed Jessica director’s comic thriller that Saif Ali Khan had earlier turned down to do more Commercial films.
Post the success of The Dirty Picture Emraan Hashmi has signed his first film. No, it’s not a Balaji production but UTV’s Ghanchakkar, a quasi-realistic comic thriller written and directed by Rajkumar Gupta.
The film was earlier offered to Saif Ali Khan who after Aarakshan wanted to do more Commercial films.
Reportedly, Abhishek Bachchan was also in contention to play the safecracker, who embarks on one last heist. Gupta, whose Aamir (2008) and No One Killed Jessica were intense dramas, is delighted to have locked Emraan, who says it’s one of the best scripts he’s read.
“I don’t know who else was approached but I loved the concept. Rajkumar is a sensible director and his script will be extremely commercial. It’s edgy and entertaining, the key word being entertaining. It’s too early to reveal much but the film will spark off instant interest with just one line. And since all great movies take off from one simple idea, I’m confident Ghanchakkar will be a landmark film for me,” he asserts.
Emraan is on a high after two back-to-back blockbusters, Murder 2 and The Dirty Picture, that have broken the Rs 50 crore mark and made him a Bankable star with a big draw amongst single-screen audiences. He’s Overwhelmed by the response to Silk’s story.
Point out that The Dirty Picture is more Vidya Balan’s film than his and he retorts, “Anthony Quinn won the Oscar twice, for Viva Zapata! (1952) and Lust For Life (1956) and both were supporting roles. I’ve never been bothered about the number of scenes I have but the impact of a role. Abraham (in The Dirty Picture) made an impact, so will Ghanchakkar.”