Needless to say, he is in the big league. Emraan Hashmi’s track record in 2006 is two out of three - he started the year with a not-so-successful Jawani Diwani but then Aksar hit bullseye and Gangster, too, was a success.
Naturally, the actor is having a ball. However, he is not taking things for granted - "I never really wanted to be an actor, but acting has given a direction to my life. My concern is whether my films are making money and whether the audience likes them. All my films with the Bhatt (Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt) camp have done well," says the actor.
Before we move on, if you haven’t heard it yet, here we go - "I am getting married by the end of this year," he declares. It is news that won’t make his female fans happy.
Emraan prefers to talk about his films and it’s criticism that is more important to him than praise. "I come from a non-filmi family. And they are extremely critical of me, which means I am always on my toes," says Emraan.
Coming up is The Killer - also produced by the Bhatts - a film directed by debutant director duo Raksha Mistry and Hasnain S Hyderabadwalla.
|Emraan Hashmi plays a quirky cabbie in The Killer. The film releases this Friday.|
Inspired by Michael Mann’s
, starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, the film stars Emraan along with Irrfan and Nisha Kothari. "The premise has been taken from
but changes have been made," says Emraan. He plays a cabbie in the film who is "quite vibrant, crazy and immature. It’s about how he grows up after meeting this killer played by Irrfan."
releases this Friday.
The chemistry between Irrfan and him is something that Emraan cherishes. “It’s a weird relationship and that’s where the comedy angle comes in. The cabbie is not scared of the killer and the latter, too, develops a fondness for him. He just can’t kill him until…. You have to watch the film to find out,” comes Emraan’s reply.
Emraan has only respect for co-star Irrfan. “He is a great actor. He doesn’t act but lives the character,” he says. And about Nisha, who plays his love interest, he says, “She does a good job in the film. She is a bar dancer but there is no vulgarity associated with her role.”
Emraan has Aaditya Datt’s Dil Diya Hai (he did Aashiq Banaya Aapne with the director last year) coming up and Ashwini Chaudhary’s Good Boy Bad Boy too. In DDH ("a romantic film with a thrill element, which the promos do not show”) he shares screen space for the first time with Mithun Chakraborty. “He is a natural actor, has great screen presence and brings a kind of a persona on to the screen."
Emraan is also doing another film with the Bhatt camp and has signed one with Shyam Bajaj with whom he worked in Aksar.
Finally, how has success changed Emraan? “It has made me more focused and given me confidence,” he signs off.