Emraan Hashmi’s image as a serial kisser refuses to leave him ever since he starred opposite Mallika Sherawat in Murder (2004). However, he promises to break free from the mould after having received rave reviews for his role in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010). Emraan has recently signed films that give him an opportunity to play diverse roles. While he will be seen in a bold romantic part in Mohit Suri’s Murder 2, he also has an interesting character in Milan’s The Dirty Picture in which he stars opposite Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah. Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai with Abhay Deol also presents a similar opportunity.
Emraan says, "The serial kisser tag was given to me by the media. I have never tried to make or break it."
However, he is happy that filmmakers are now aware of his potential to play different roles. Talking about his part in Shanghai, Emraan says, "This film will completely take me away from my comfort zone. It’s nothing like what I have done before. It will also give me a chance to work with a genius like Dibakar whose bold cinema I have always admired."
"The film, a political thriller, has a raw sense of realism. Everything from my character to the genre of the film and also my pairing with Abhay is unique," says the actor, who admires Abhay for "swimming against the tide". "He has worked in films that are different from the typical Bollywood stuff. I can’t wait to work with both of them, but we have a month and a half to go before the film goes on the floors."
Oscillating between a lean and paunchy look for his forthcoming films may take a toll on his health, but Emraan is ready: "The next three months are going to be difficult because of the constant physical changes I will have to undergo."
While Murder 2 will see Emraan sport a chiselled body, Shanghai will see him with a slight paunch. "For the former, I had to beef up slightly and bring down my fat per cent so I did a lot of functional and endurance training. Once I wrap up Murder 2 by March-end, I will need 10 days to put on some weight for Shanghai."
According to the actor, even Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films, with whom he has worked in several films, are now making films that are out of the box. "Murder 2 is much more shocking than Murder as it explores the darker side of the human psychology," says he.