Actor Emraan Hashmi believes in destiny but he also believes that a strong will lets you live life your way
What’s your idea of God?
There is one supreme power which protects us, guides us and prompts us about our mistakes. Directly or indirectly it tells us to live a useful life that does good to others.
Do you make a distinction between religion and spirituality?
I respect my religion and I think spirituality helps me connect with it. I’m not a hardcore follower like my father, who does namaaz five times a day and lives a religious life. But I love my religion and I’ll follow it strictly when the time is right.
Do you feel that something/someone keeps you protected?
Yes, there is one God for all and that God only keeps me protected. You call it Allah or Jesus, but it’s your mentor, it is your father, your mother and it always keeps its children blessed. Without that protection there would be mayhem everywhere.
How do you make your spiritual connection at work and in life?
When I am working, I just concentrate on my work and nothing else. I do pray and thank God though at the beginning and end of a day. I also like to visit famous religious places, like Kolkata’s Kaali Ghaat Mandir whenever I’m travelling for my movie shoots.
Do you have a special God moment?
It happened recently while we were shooting for my new film Tum Mile. Me, Soha (Ali Khan) and KD (Kunal Deshmukh our director) were shooting in neck deep water and got electrocuted, nearly to death as cables were left open in the water. But god saved us. Had the mains not been located at the right time and turned off, it was all over. From that day I’ve started taking life more seriously.
Who is your spiritual ideal?
My father is my ideal. I believe that faith in religion comes from one’s heart and can’t be forced.
What does happiness mean to you?
Happiness means life. I always want to be happy and keep everyone around me happy. You’ll get whatever you’re destined to remember that you are also here to write your own destiny.
What’s your personal solution for communal harmony in India?
There are a number of things that need to be worked out for communal harmony in our nation. From the top of my head, I feel if we can get over the problems that materialism breeds, it’ll be a step up. I don’t know how that’s possible, but we live on hope, isn’t it?
Do you have a mind talisman? What gets your mind refreshed and unburdened...
Work is only my mind talisman. I do travel with my wife but I can’t live without work for long. Listening to the music of my films is another way I refresh myself.