Emraan Hashmi bids goodbye to his past franchises

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Box office success of ‘Raaz’ (2002), ‘Jannat’ (2008) and ‘Murder’ (2004) film franchises catapulted Emraan Hashmi into fame, but he says he is not keen to be associated with them anymore as he wants to ‘reinvent’ himself as an actor.

Though he made his debut with ‘Footpath’ (2003), it was the thriller ‘Murder’ which brought him into the limelight. He then came back to the franchise with ‘Murder 2’ (2011), reports Pune Mirror. With ‘Jannat’ he was a part of its sequel which gave Hashmi further recognition, and later went on to step in the second, third and fourth instalment of ‘Raaz’ series.

The star says with time his taste has evolved and he is now willing to do “something new.” Hashmi said, “I will not go back to doing those films. They played an important part in my career and life. Those kinds of characters and films have contributed immensely, but I am not the same person or the actor I was back then.” He adds, “My tastes have changed. The audience’s tastes have changed and it’s changing very rapidly. So it’s very important to give them something new and reinvent constantly. So that is my aim with the upcoming films.”

Though he may now not be open to feature in those films, all produced by his uncle Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, Hashmi says if anything interesting comes from their side, he might do it. “Whenever there is an interesting script, yes, I won’t rule that out,” he said.

Currently, the star is elated with the success of his latest ‘Baadshaho’ (2017) , which saw him re-teaming with ‘Once upon a time in Mumbai’ (2011) director Milan Luthria and co-star Ajay Devgn.  “When you work hard in a film, acceptability is important. The trade part is important too, that the investors should get their money and everyone is happy. Creatively, we were satisfied and now the trade is gung-ho too, so everyone is extremely happy,” he said.

The 38-year-old is now gearing up to start his first production, ‘Captain Nawab,’ directed by Tony D’Souza, which goes into production next month. Hashmi insists that the film is inspired by real events and the makers will not adhere to adding unnecessary ‘masala’ elements to the story to make it more commercial. “It is inspired from a real event but eventually it is a fictional piece of work. This has been sourced out from true happenings in our country, there is some element of fiction added. But it doesn’t go into the masala zone. It is very gritty, very real. It in an entertaining war drama thriller,” he elaborated.

“It has a He says he needs to get into a proper shape to play an army man and concentrate on working on a certain dialect which is important for the character.

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