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Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi has moved on from his ‘serial kisser’ tag. Neha Sharma tells more.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2008 10:18 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times

As of now kissing can take a backseat for Emraan Hashmi. The actor has turned arty in his next two films Raaz — The Mystery Continues and Kunal Deshmukh’s Tum Mile. Playing an artist in both films, he has got better at sketching and his enthusiasm is evident. While shooting a sequence for Tum Mile at Jewel Closenberg’s bungalow in Cape Town, he spilled colours on one of her painting. “I was walking towards a canvas with colours and fumbled.

The producer had to pay her a few lakhs [as compensation].Raaz — The Mystery Continues is not connected to Raaz, he clarifies and adds that it is going to change the profile of horror films. “I play a dark and reclusive character who can predict the future. Being the most expensive horror film in recent years it was quite an experience shooting. I got
really spooked out with thoughts of graphic scenes, supernatural, shooting at colonial hotels…”

Talking about his co-stars, he says that having worked with Kangana Ranaut [in Gangster] before, it was great fun to have her on the sets. “I didn’t have a scene with Adhyayan [who is also Kangana’s boyfriend], but from what I saw of him, he is a nice boy.”

The actor is extremely happy with the success of Jannat and says that although he always expected the film to do well, “being counted in the top three hits of the year is splendid”.

As the year ends, the actor says that he has begun “sympathising” with journalists since he plays one in his upcoming film Raftaar. “Ever since I gave my first interview, I thought journalism was an interesting profession. And after playing a struggling TV anchor in the movie, I have realised how much hard work and picking up it requires.”

For now, the actor has new year celebrations planned in Hong Kong-a welcome break from his packed schedule.

First Published: Dec 26, 2008 20:19 IST