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On the celeb route

Emraan Hashmi and Ashmit Patel want to go a long way in the film industry


THEY ARE two youngsters on the bloc with an ambition to figure in the headlines. Emraan Hashmi and Ashmit Patel (brother of Amisha Patel) may be just two films old which did not fetch them acclaim but they have put behind memories of failure. . Emraan and Ashmit are co-stars in Murder and were in the city for the film's promotion.

"I liked the role in Murder. I could relate to the character which was 20 something. Also some personal experiences helped me to play that character," says Emraan. "I would have never done such a role (a married man) but for Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt. Many of my friends advised me against doing it. I did not want to be typecast after Inteha. So I went ahead," says Ashmit.

Doing Murder was a good experience for both. For Emraan "it was like a party. My performance here was easier. In fact I had to put in a laboured performance in Footpath. As I was a newcomer I had to get the hang of things. But in Murder I had to just concentrate on acting." "It was an excellent experience. I was scared of pulling it off but at the end I feel happy about my performance." says Ashmit.


Emraan's next film will be Tumsa Nahin Dekha from the Bhatts' stables. "It's a romantic love story full of fun. The heroine has not been decided." Ashmit has signed a love story Hum Tum aur Geenie, a film to be directed by Soumitra Ranade (director of Jajantaram Mamantaram) starring Hrishitaa Bhatt which is scheduled to go on the floors in April first week. "It's a cute love story. This will also have a lot of animation and computer graphics." Another film with Ahmed Khan "is an emotional-action film with a football backdrop. The others in the cast are Aftab Shivdasani, Sohail Khan, Celina Jaitley with Suniel Shetty and Anil Kapoor playing guest roles." While Emraan has grown up on old Hindi classics and Hollywood flicks, Ashmit loves Hollywood films. Music is a passion with both. Both are fitness freaks as well following a regular regime to have that chiselled and well-toned look.

"I had a warped image of Hindi films. After my business degree in the U.S. I joined my Dad's business and left it, as the idea of making magnetic audio tapes didn't appeal to me. So I joined an investment bank but realised working from 9 to 5 was not my cup of tea. I used to visit my sister on the sets and found the process of film-making intriguing and interesting and then decided to join films. Hrithik Roshan's dedication also motivated me to do so."

Like a brother he is proud of his sister. "Amisha has done brilliantly and gone the right way without compromising on what parents have taught us." What about comparisons and sibling rivalry? "As children we had our share of arguments and fights. Comparisons are bound to happen but it doesn't bother me as long as it is good. We are very protective about each other," says Ashmit, who loves partying. He has also been a sportsman in school and has tasted adventure sports like bungee jumping, rafting and rock-climbing as well. "I love the rush of adrenalin when I do these."

Emraan nurses an ambition to get to the top slot. "I would do anything to get there," and so it is just work, work and work on his agenda. Ashmit hopes to have a good long career and be appreciated for his work. "I hope it is not cut short," says Ashmit, who wants to model his career on actors like Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Brad Pitt. "I have liked the characters they have portrayed."

Emraan and Ashmit have stars in their eyes and let's hope their stars allow them to shine.

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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