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‘Working with actors is not my priority’

bollywood Updated: Jun 18, 2011 02:13 IST
Robin Bansal
Robin Bansal
Hindustan Times
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Actor Emraan Hashmi is on a denying spree. Controversies’ favourite child, the 32-year-old clears up the air on all the goss surrounding about him. He puts to rest buzz that actor Rani Mukerji dumped Ekta Kapoor’s Daayan, because she didn’t want to act with the serial kisser.

"I have no idea who was approached or who rejected or accepted. It is completely the director and the casting department’s call. People might not do a film for their own reasons... There was a loss of an opportunity to be working with her. But, working with actors doesn’t fit on my priority list," says Hashmi.

Emraan"My job is to do justice to my character and my director. Working with particular actors is not my ambition except for directors," he adds.

Having impressed with his performance as a rebellious don in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he has no regrets on missing the Part 2 to Akshay Kumar.

"It’s their (the producers) call. They are sensible enough to know whoever they are taking adds to their project in their own way. If they felt that they want to take forward Shoaib’s character in the second part, it is for their own bright reasons. They (producers) may choose to take their brand ahead with anyone they want," he says.

As of now, the actor is on a high with forthcoming sequel to his 2005 hit Murder.

“It takes the Murder brand ahead with a new story, keeping all the elements of sensuality, eroticism, etc same. It’s more thrilling this time and more far in space,” says.

Rumours are also rife that 70% of the movie is erotic. Ask about the same, he says, “Eroticism and sensuality are components but it has a story, thrill and a plot apart from the lust angle. All sensuality comes as a byproduct. It is not just to titillate but there is a narrative as well.”

Throwing light on his character in both the movies, he says, “In Murder 2, I’m playing an ex-cop who goes on the other side of the law and involved in bad deeds like drug dealing and stuff.

While Dibakar’s film has an interesting graph. It has a guy who is frivolous and doesn’t really have a stand. He comes from the lower strata of society. He is quite a funny character,” he adds.

The actor also had to train hard for his look in both the films.

“Mohit (Suri) wanted me to lose some weight and be slightly more ripped. I was already training for films before this so it was easier to cut down,” he says adding, “But for Shanghai I’ve had to put on some weight and after that I’ll train hard and go back to where I was. Dibakar (Banerjee) didn’t want a traditional ripped body so I had to start eating food, as it is a story about a rural place and an unkempt man who doesn’t really care about his looks.”

Does that mean Emraan Hasmi is delving into method acting?

“I just do whatever the director wants me to do,” he says.

Hashmi is also in news for his intimate scenes in the movie with actor Jacqueline Fernandes. Was his co-star comfortable with him? “She was absolutely comfortable. I always make my co-actors comfortable,” he says, adding, “She is great and brings a lot of freshness to the film. She’s got that oomph factor and the X factor.”

Not just the explicit scenes, the sequel’s posters too, are making news. These are apparently rip offs of international films. “We’ve taken little elements from here and there, but I wouldn’t call it plagiarism,” he says.

So will there be a Murder 3 too?

“We are making Raaz 3 and we’d love to pen down Murder 3 and go ahead with that,” says the actor, who will be also seen in Informer and The Dirrty Picture.