Emraan Hashmi’s had a good run at the box office this year, but he’s intelligent enough to know that he alone is not responsible for it.
"My films' songs have become huge hits, which have helped me a lot. The credit also goes to the directors, script-writers, music composers, lyricists, co-stars and producers." On the eve of his latest release, The Killer - which is directed by Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala, and sees him play a cab driver - we catch up with him.
"I had seen Collateral but I didn’t take either the film or the character of Jamie Foxx as a reference point. For me, the script of The Killer is new and has its lighter moments, unlike Collateral, which was more intense and serious from start to end,” he says.
On what excited him about playing the cabbie instead of the hitman he says, "My character, Nikhil Joshi, is an Indian immigrant in Dubai, and he dreams of making it big. When Irrfan (Khan) hails his cab for a night, he sees his life about to change suddenly. How he copes with it to take control of his life traces the growth of my character from an immature guy to a manipulator."
And the love story? "Nikhil loves a bar-dancer, whom he regularly ferries to and from work. He can’t express his love for her. The directors have made a lot of changes to incorporate that aspect into the narrative."
Up next is Good Boy Bad Boy, which was in the news recently after writer Milap Zaveri opted out due to differences with producer Subhash Ghai. Hashmi doesn’t think it will really affect the film. "The basic story is unchanged, as are the characters and their graphs. Any changes happening henceforth will only be in the portions yet to be shot."
Post the success of Aksar and Gangster, Hashmi is slowly consolidating his position as a saleable hero. Trade sources peg his market value at Rs 80 lakh and inching towards the Rs 1 crore.