Emraan Hashmi opens up his ‘conscious decision’ to shed a KISSING-HERO and musical star image; says, ‘I’ll always have my fans’ [EXCLUSIVE]

Emraan Hashmi had built a rabid fan-following pretty speedily among the masses ever since 2004’s Muder (released a year after his debut film, Footpath) – a fanbase that was soon cemented with other popular films like Zeher, Kalyug, Gangster, Awarapan, Jannat, Raaz – The Mystery Continues (Raaz 2), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture, Jannat 2 and Raaz 3. And, truth be told, as good an actor he’s always been, most of Emraan Hashmi’s stardom was built on two aspect – kissing on screen (at a time it was far from common without OTT platforms) and musical chartbusters to rival that of any era of Bollywood. Also Read – Trending OTT News Today: Indian Railways plays Squid Game, Amazon Prime launches 10 new K-dramas, Meenakshi Sundareshwar’s trailer is every engineer’s life and more

Post Raaz 3 though, we saw Emraan Hashmi make a conscious shift toward more serious, or as some people like to put it, classier films, with Shanghai, Ek Thi Daayan, Ghanchakkar, Humari Adhuri Kahani, Tigers, Why Cheat India, The Body and Chehre. So, during an exclusive interview with BollywideLife, we decided to ask the star how conscious was the decision and if he feels it has affected his stardom in any way or alienated a section of his fanbase. Also Read – Squid Game: Money Heist, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Mandalorian and 5 more famous shows the Korean series has BOSSED on OTT

Opening up on how the decision was indeed well planned, but it hasn’t necessarily distanced any of his fans, Emraan Hashmi said, “I think it’s film specific. Mera ek yeh bahu hi consicious decision tha kyuki main chahta tha ki main khud creative satisfaction ke liye kuch aur karu (it was a very conscious decision from my end as I wanted to do something different for my own, creative satisfaction). I was well aware ki jo app ek doosri raah pe chalte hain, phir thode se log naraaz ho jaate hain (when you take a different path, then people do get a bit annoyed). Par woh fans humesha rahenge (I’ll always have those fans), I think you need the right film.” Also Read – Trending OTT News Today: Pakistanis furious over Squid Game, Tampa Baes trailer is super-sexy, Suriya’s Jai Bhim trailer date out and more

Emraan Hashmi will next be seen in the horror film, Dybbuk, a remake of the 2017 hit Malayalam movie, Ezra. Costarring Nikita Dutta, Dybbuk releases 29th October on Amazon Prime.

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