Emraan Hashmi became famous with his Casanova roles and serial-kisser image post Anurag Basu’s Murder (2004). In his defence, Hashmi says, “All actors have images. You have to do the roles that are given to you and sometimes, your onscreen image bleeds into your personal life. People start believing that you are that way in your real life as well.”
But the actor adds, “I'm okay with that because roles are roles and people close to me know how I am in reality,” says Hashmi, who is happily married to wife Parveen.
In his forthcoming film, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji (DTBHJ), Hashmi has once again been cast as a Casanova, paired opposite Shruti Haasan this time. "The character that I play in this film is not very different from my previous roles but the genre is different. Generally, I have played intense, brooding characters, but in this film, my character has grey shades with a humorous streak," says Hashmi.
Tha actor concedes that in six years and having acted in two dozen films after his debut, he has not been able to do away with directors wanting to score box office points by making him lock lips on screen. The actor informs, “Though I don’t understand romantic comedies and was skeptical about being a part of this film, I said yes. Madhur convinced me, saying that despite being a Casanova, my character will have a realistic touch.”
Referring to the tagline that men never grow up, Emraan says, “It is an apt tagline for the film and I completely believe in it. Women are more mature. Even when men are 30-35, they are still childish.”
This year saw Hashmi in a different light with his role in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. His work was appreciated by the audience and critics alike. A new friendship was struck during the making of the film and Ajay Devgn and Hashmi got together again for Madhur Bhandarkar’s DTBHJ.
The duo, who were seen are friends-turned-archrivals in Luthria’s film, will now be seen as friends in Bhandarkar’s next that releases on January 22. In fact, Devgn’s character will now be turning to Hashmi’s to seek advice on matters of the heart. The film, which also stars Ajay Devgn, Omi Vaidya, Shruti Haasan, Shraddha Das and Shahzan Padamsee, is a story of three men and their encounters with women.
Moving on from this dual hero pairing, Hashmi goes back to his solo fiefdom for Murder 2; this time sans Sherawat. “The shooting has already started and Emraan will be seen in a sexier look than the previous franchise,” says a source from Murder 2 sets.