No merit in film award cer­e­monies: Em­raan Hashmi

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Rishab Suri

Ac­tor Em­raan Hashmi is known to be a straight talker. Be it his thoughts on nepo­tism or his se­rial kisser tag — he has spo­ken ex­ten­sively about both, without any ap­pre­hen­sions. The lat­est thing on his radar is the grand, larger-than-life award cer­e­monies that are or­gan­ised every year in Bol­ly­wood. The 38-year old, who made his de­but with the Hindi film Foot­path (2003), says, after be­ing in the in­dus­try for al­most 14 years, he be­lieves that awards just don’t hold any value. “You are okay with a few things, and you’re not okay with some things, award cer­e­monies be­long to the later cat­e­gory. No dis­re­spect to peo­ple who are happy with them, of course, be­cause award shows are great for TRPS. How­ever, the merit is ques­tion­able.” We might not have seen him present at any such func­tions in the re­cent years, but he re­veals that there was in­deed a point in his ca­reer when he wanted to be a part of them. “I did go to a cou­ple of award cer­e­monies when I had just be­gun my ca­reer in the in­dus­try. When you are a new­comer, it’s nat­u­ral that you want to ex­plore every av­enue that this pro­fes­sion has to of­fer.” Em­raan will be seen next in the up­com­ing thriller Baad­shaho. He might have been bril­liant in the act­ing de­part­ment in his last few re­leases, but they were not able to mint good money. Asked if he’s feel­ing any pres­sure now to de­liver a hit, he says, “There’s pres­sure only after the first fail­ure, not after a few. My mantra right now is to get as much ex­pe­ri­ence from mis­takes.” He also has a piece of ad­vice for peo­ple grap­pling with fail­ures in life. “The one les­son I have learnt is that you have to keep mov­ing ahead. I am not think­ing about the be­hind me or car­ry­ing any bag­gage”, he says.

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