‘THE SE­RIAL KISSER TAG HELPED ME A LOT’

Ac­tor Em­raan Hashmi says that it wasn’t some­thing he was run­ning away from; he tried mak­ing the best of it

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Em­raan Hashmi is one of those Bol­ly­wood celebri­ties who are never afraid of speak­ing their mind. He may have been tagged as a ‘se­rial-kisser’ in the be­gin­ning of his ca­reer, but the ac­tor has no rea­son to shy away from talk­ing about it. “A num­ber of my films in which I was shown kiss­ing did very well in the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer. So that tag nat­u­rally be­came a part of me. Peo­ple like to la­bel and box things up, and you just can’t hold that against them. And frankly, this was not some­thing I was run­ning away from. I will be hon­est. I have ben­e­fited a lot from it,” says the ac­tor.

Af­ter all these years, Em­raan feels that now it’s time to do away with the tag, as in the long run, it can re­strict his growth as an ac­tor. “When you evolve as an ac­tor and try to ex­plore new and var­ied av­enues, the tag be­comes sort of a de­ter­rent for you. Peo­ple tend to like you more in a par­tic­u­lar kind of role. But for ev­ery ac­tor, there is a sat­u­ra­tion point. I think I have reached it now, and need to find new kind of roles,” says the 38-year old, who will be seen in the thriller Baad­shaho, which re­leases on Septem­ber 1.

The mak­ers of the mul­ti­star­rer film, which also fea­tures ac­tors Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta, re­cently re­leased the first song, which has been climb­ing up the charts. But what ev­ery Em­raan fan is look­ing for­ward to is the song Piya More, which will be out tomorrow. The song pairs Em­raan with ac­tor Sunny Leone for the first time. Em­raan is all praise for the 36-year old ac­tor. “Sunny is a thor­ough pro­fes­sional. I seg­re­gate ac­tors into two types — ones who are con­stantly fussy about ev­ery­thing on the sets, and the oth­ers who are okay with ev­ery­thing, with­out any fusses. I think she comes un­der the sec­ond cat­e­gory. It was an ab­so­lute joy shoot­ing with her, since she’s a much bet­ter dancer than I am!” says Em­raan.

Peo­ple like to la­bel things. And frankly, this was not some­thing I was run­ning away from. I will be hon­est. I have ben­e­fited a lot from it EM­RAAN HASHMI, AC­TOR

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