Posted: 16 January 2011 at 11:52am | IP Logged
In showbiz family doesn't come first: EmraanSarah Salvadore, TNN, Jan 17, 2011, 12.00am IST
In an interview with TOI, actor Emraan Hashmi speaks about moments of self-doubt and convictions about image
You are on a high post the success of " Once Upon a Time in Mumbai"...
The memory of a past success does play a part in at least drawing the
audience to the theatre. Ajay and I were appreciated for our roles in " OUATIM
All said and done, there is a certain slotting for actors. The tags are
at times too heavy a burden. Audiences too have a perception. But then,
having a success behind you always works to your advantage. So what do think your slotting is, after "OUATIM"?
As an actor, I have always taken subjects that I believe in. The choices I have made were not considered safe in Bollywood
For example, look at the bold films I have done which earned me the
"kisser boy" tag. But after the recent releases I've had, people have
woken up to the fact that I'm not an actor who can be slotted. I work
with people who want to take risks, because that's how I am.
Is there a deliberate attempt to revamp your image to increase the
audience base? Let's face it; many would consider an Emraan Hashmi
When I do a new and different film, people
who like that genre come in to watch it. But along the way there are
hits and flops. You've got to live with your choices without bothering
about how many new people will come to see your film. I never saw myself
doing a rom-com so it was a pleasant surprise to me when Madhur
(Bhandarkar) ask me to be part of his film. As an actor, I try to break
away from stereotypes and when I decided to get out of my comfort zone
then who better than Madhur to make a romcom with a touch of realism?
Yes, I do different films because I want to do them and I know a new set
of people will come in to watch it. But there is no deliberate attempt
to do that. In fact, in " Murder 2
I have a lot of bold scenes and in Dibakar Banerjee's next I play a man
with a pot belly. Having said that, I would like to add that I do films
for satisfaction and not money.
But the position that you are in, you can command a higher remuneration.
I can and I do. But that is subjective. I charge according the project
I'm doing. As an actor you have to be confident about your commerce. If
someone offers me an art-house film which I love, I won't demand a huge
fee. In fact, I'll slash my price and do it because it's a different
experience. Similarly, if a movie is being made on a grand scale then no
one should expect me to lower my remuneration. I believe that my
convictions will take me places and money will follow.
Has anything changed about the films you sign, now that you are a family man?
Not just yet. It might happen eventually. But the fact remains you
don't make a movie for your family. You make it for your audience. In
showbiz, family doesn't come first. You have to keep them separate for
your own sanity. So far I have managed to do that pretty well.
Your journey so far, has it been riddled with doubt.
Yes, and I need to work hard on this aspect. Success and failure are
part of life and one needs to take them seriously. Success can do a lot
to your ego. But without humility, you are finished. A little self doubt
is brings you back to earth and enhances your mind and talent as an
actor in choosing the kind of films you do.
Edited by Zareena - 16 January 2011 at 11:53am