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‘I like to take risks’

india Updated: Jan 28, 2011 00:51 IST
Hindustan Times
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Emraan Hashmi on the failure of his last film Crook and latest movie Dil To Baccha Hai Ji. Read on for details.

Your last film, Crook, didn’t fare well at the box office. So are you now banking heavily on Dil To Baccha Hai Ji?
Well, you bank heavily on every film because it adds to your resume. You hope the audience will like your work and come for your next film. With Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji releasing in the beginning of the year, I want it to start off with a bang.

This is your first romcom. Was there any anxiety when this film was offered to you?

I was offered romcoms before. But I felt I didn’t fit into the fairytale romance space that Bollywood offers. When Madhur invited me to his office, I thoug-ht he would offer me a film like Page 3. I was pleasantly surprised when he said that he is making a romcom. I felt that this can be really interesting because people don’t expect comedy from him. He is venturing into something new.

Does Madhur’s experiment make it a risky proposition?
If the industry says to keep away from something - I do that very thing. I like to take risks and do something new. I am more scared of the familiar. The industry wants to see something familiar, but the audiences always want something new. Madhur is as comfortable with this genre as he is with an intense realistic film.

Your character seems to be quite bold.
I play Abhay, who works as a trainer at a gym. His ideology is about love, life, money, sex. He is not a one-woman man. He feels that he has all the answers to love but he is actually a very confused guy.

But this character sounds similar.
It is nothing different from the rest of the characters (laughs), and you can hang me for that. My characters’ ideology is something I have played before. But again, anyone who has played in romantic films, has done something over and over again.

So will you live upto your 'serial kisser' image?
Madhur will tell you that. He is keeping it surprise (smiles).