Emraan Hashmi has announced a return to the comedy genre with his upcoming film ‘Sab First Class’.
The film, directed by Balwinder Singh Janjua, previously developed teh script of ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ (2019) and ‘Mubarakan’ (2017).
Talking about tthe project, Hashmi told Mid-Day, “The film is a hilarious yet sensitive story about how the protagonist can go to any length to fulfil his needs. In the bargain, he may lose his family, his standing in society, and gets caught in a situation he cannot find his way out of. Balwinder’s script is a laugh riot, but has its poignant moments as well.”
Hashmi has recently been seen in a number of gangster related films, with his next ‘Mumbai Saga’ currently in production. Talking about taking Hashmi away from the thrillers he’s been associated with to the comedy space, Janjua said, “From the beginning of his career, Emraan hasn’t shied away from bold or negative parts. He has been stereotyped due to his past roles. When he heard the narration, he realised that this is the right script to break the image.”
He added, “I had been working on the script with my writers Rupinder Chahal and Anil Rodhan for a while. I happened to meet a friend to catch up. And he heard the story and thought why not set up a narration with Emraan. It is something he’s never done. I jumped at the prospect and said Emraan is outstanding for the role. We worked on the script and tightened it up and tailored it for him. As soon as he heard the script, his body language indicated that he was on. Although he wanted to sleep on it as any actor should. We did a few sessions on video conferencing as well, which is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. A week or so later Emraan called me with suggestions and his thoughts. He was on and we were super excited. Emraan is an actor with so much untapped potential. He’s been stereotyped with his past roles and when he heard the narration I think he realised that this is the right script to step out of that image with. He’s a very funny guy in person and has an ordinariness that is very endearing. I think it’ll translate well onto the screen.”