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Painting the town red

When not acting, actor Emraan hashmi picks up charcoal and a paint brush.

bollywood Updated: Oct 03, 2012 11:34 IST
Robin Bansal
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Emraan-Hashmi

It takes people years to pick up the finer nuances of painting, but actor Emraan Hashmi took to the art like fish to water. Having reportedly been introduced to the same while shooting for his 2009 hit, Raaz - The Mystery Continues, where he played an aspiring artist, he took it up passionately off screen too, as he portrayed an experienced painter in his next, Tum Mile, the same year.

“Painting is quite a stressbuster. If and whenever I get some time off my shoots, I take it up quite passionately,” says the actor.
Hashmi received training under painter Sailesh Achrekar, who taught him the basic techniques of the art and other mediums of painting that helped the actor in creating several paintings himself.

The 33-year-old has now self-confessed to know how to sketch with charcoal, pencils, and work with oil paints and use different tools such as knives and sponges as well. “I paint a bit of both abstracts and portraits. But I don’t make paintings and put it in my house. I buy art instead,” he says.

Not many know that Hashmi gifted one of his initial works — an abstract painting — to his wife, Parveen. Currently busy with a slew of projects, the actor, however, confesses that he doesn’t get time in abundance to pick the paint brush and colour palette.

“I don’t get time these days due to the different projects that I am working on,” says the actor, who is eagerly waiting to have some free time in hand to bend his thoughts into a colourful shape on the canvas.

Ask him what does he want to paint next, Hashmi just smiles and shrugs his shoulders, hinting he has no clue about it.

The side we know
Hashmi entered Bollywood in 2002, at 23, as an assistant director on his uncle Mahesh Bhatt’s production, Raaz. He got his acting break in the 2003 dud Footpath before shooting to fame with Murder in 2004. After Gangster and Zeher, he was given the tag of a ‘serial kisser’ for his lip locks and intimate scenes in almost all of his films. He, however, proved his acting prowess with films such as Gangster, Jannat and Raaz – The Mystery Continues. Hashmi followed it up with films such as Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture, Jannat 2 and Raaz 3D. He will be seen next in Rush, Ghanchakkar and Ek Thi Daayan.