The experimental Emraan Hashmi

Actor says he is reverting back to the genre he is known for with his upcoming film Raja Natwarlal.

Ians July 20, 2014


Actor Emraan Hashmi’s last two experimental films Ek Thi Daayan and Ghanchakkar may not have gone down well with fans, but that hasn’t deterred him from looking past his failures and focusing on the ventures that lie ahead. Saying he doesn’t regret doing these films, he feels it is imperative for actors to move away from their comfort level.

“For any actor, doing experiments is important. I don’t regret the films I have done. If I had it my way, I would still do Ek Thi Daayan and Ghanchakkar,” he said at the trailer launch of his upcoming film Raja Natwarlal.

“It is very important to divert from what you are doing just to stretch your creative skills and when you come back to your traditional path – the path you are known for – you bring a new colour to your performance and characters,” he added.

The actor, who will play a conman in Raja Natwarlal, said he is back to the genre he is known for with the film, which he dedicates to his fans. “I think my fans are slightly angry with me, as in the last year, I have done quite a lot of experiments on screen. So, this film is dedicated to them,” he said. Adding that, “It is like coming back to the basics. It is the Emraan Hashmi they [the fans] missed over the past year.”

Filmmaker Kunal Deshmukh, who has cast Hashmi in almost all his directorial ventures so far, has teamed up with him again for Raja Natwarlal. He said that he shares a comfort level with Hashmi. He said that whenever he conceptualises an idea for a film, Emraan is the only actor who he can think of to play the lead part. He feels Emraan “makes [his] work better” and so, hopes to take their partnership ahead in future as well.

Deshmukh has cast Emraan in films including Zeher (2005), Kalyug (2005), Jannat (2008), Tum Mile (2009) and Jannat 2 (2012). “When I start conceptualising an idea, the first actor who comes to my mind is him [Emraan Hashmi]. So, naturally I am going to him with all my scripts. I love working with him,” said Deshmukh.

“My first film as an assistant director was Zeher, in which Emraan was the hero. I have known him since then. It has been more than ten years now. I think he makes my work better,” Deshmukh shared about his camaraderie with him.

Produced by UTV Motion Pictures, Raja Natwarlal features Emraan along with Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon and Humaima Malik. It is slated to release on August 29. 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2014.

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