He hit popularity charts with multiple Bhatts’ ventures such as Murder (2004), Gangster (2006), Jannat (2008), Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009) and Murder 2 (2010). But co-incidentally, even as Emraan Hashmi tests new waters—besides Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films—the production house is set to invest in another ‘asset’, Kunal Khemu, who stars in their upcoming film, Blood Money.
“Kunal has extraordinary talent. But for some reason, he has been held back in managing his film career. But with his new determination and Blood Money, he’s made a fresh beginning. And we’re committed to giving him the necessary vehicle that can help bring his talent to full bloom,” says Bhatt senior.At the same time though, Bhatt maintains that they "already have a star in Emraan, who’s going from strength to strength." He adds: "However, we would not be leaning only on Emraan because our company doesn’t believe in depending only on one star. So, I would give my complete and unrelenting support to Kunal in his future films."
The Zakhm director, at the same time, adds that Emraan may not be able to give Vishesh Films the required number of dates. “And if we have to wait for Emraan, why not wait for some other star? Whether it’s an in-house person or an outside star, we have to work on our own rhythm,” says Bhatt, adding that he hasn’t “cut off” from Emraan.
“Emraan is already doing Raaz 3 with us (this year) and will do another film by the end of the year. He is going beyond our company to explore other directors and production houses. It’s good for both, him and us. I’m not a stupidly possessive uncle who would want to keep him tied to my production house. Emraan is a major asset but we have to create more assets, and Kunal is an actor we want to invest in,” he says.