‘My son can’t watch my films; they’re not for kids’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

While ac­tor Em­raan Hashmi has a deal in place with his wife — she gets a lux­ury bag for ev­ery film where he has an on-screen kiss — his son Ayaan, 7, has barely watched any of his fa­ther’s films. Why? “He can’t,” says Em­raan. “Cen­sor rat­ing for my films have mostly been A or U/A, so none of them were fit for him to watch in a the­atre. He’s in that age where even a Youtube is on the re­stricted mode, so it’s not so easy for him to dig out and watch my films. He re­calls that Mr X was his only film to be given a U cer­tifi­cate, and “so, my son has seen parts of that film”. The ac­tor has worked in films such as Mur­der (2004), Ze­her (2005), Jan­nat (2008), and Raaz (2009) — most of them are erotic thrillers. Em­raan re­veals that his son didn’t even know for the long­est time what his fa­ther re­ally does. “When he was four, he was very con­fused with the whole con­cept of shoot­ing. He was learn­ing and dis­cov­er­ing new words ev­ery day and when he found the word ‘shoot­ing’, he thought it has some­thing to do with guns. He got more con­fused be­cause when we took him to a film set, there was an ac­tion scene that I was shoot­ing where I was fir­ing a gun. So, he couldn’t un­der­stand what was hap­pen­ing,” re­calls the ac­tor. It was much later that things be­came clear to Ayaan. Asked if he wishes that he had done at least a few films that his son could watch, Em­raan quips, “I’d love to do some of those. But I’m wait­ing for that kind of a script. I’d def­i­nitely want to do a film only for kids, but it has to be worth my time.”

Ac­tor Em­raan Hashmi says that his son Ayaan’s Youtube set­ting is re­stricted, so that the boy can’t dig out his films and watch them

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