Every time a kiss controversy happens, people think of Emraan Hashmi. Does that overshadow your potential as an actor?
It does not because probably a lot of things that I have achieved now are thanks to that image. I have no complaints. My only worry would be if my films don’t do well or they don’t generate curiosity. But my films have done well. The industry looks forward to my films — they have been nominated in various award ceremonies. It would be a problem if industry takes this image seriously. I have no problem with whatever kind of attention makes a film work.
How does Emraan Hashmi assess his growth as an actor?
I have never bound myself to doing particular types of films or roles. I never had problems doing a role (for example, the one in Footpath, which had me in a supporting role) where one breaks the norm of a typical hero — something slightly greyish at the same time endearing. That’s the reason why the audience expects something different from me in terms of story and character.
You have had solo hits. Does the pressure creep in? We heard the Bhatt camp hiked the budget of Awaarapan because of your star status…
You asked me about my growth as an actor and a person. When you start off, it’s all about doing your best — but with time it’s just not about acting and doing your best. With that comes some responsibility. That responsibility wasn’t there a year or two back. You look around and see there’s so much of money riding on you and then it becomes all about choosing the right film. We raised the bar with Awaarapan. It is a very exciting film and I have a new look. It’s also a new role for me (a man who has a past). It has been a tremendous hard working experience. We have given the film everything. The characters are very real but in a very commercial sense.
What about Good Boy Bad Boy and The Train?
There is a bit of comedy in Good Boy…. It is an entertaining film — a very young film, relevant for college and school students. The Train is a thriller. It’s about a man who tries to break away from the daily rituals of work. He meets a wonderful lady on the train and ends up having a relationship with her.
Good Boy Bad Boy is produced by Mukta Arts…it must be satisfying to do films outside the Bhatt camp…
Yeah, it was very nice to break away. I also think a person gets complacent while doing films with the same banner (of course, it is family and I will always do films with the Bhatt camp). You work with the same set of people and the mind does not grow beyond that. It is also a plus point for yourself as a brand and for the camp you belong to. What I do outside I bring it back to my family. It works both ways.
How’s life after marriage?
It’s good. I am more focused after marriage but I am still one immature guy. It’s good to finally settle down.