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The good bad guy



No image problem...Emraan Hashmi. Photo: K. Gajendran.

EMRAAN HASHMI's first film as a solo hero Tumsa Nahin Dekha is not a result of a desperation for a lead role but "gut instinct", that he should do it. It might not be doing great at the box office but he says the film has helped him a lot at personal level. In New Delhi recently to share his views about the making of the film and more, Emraan opens up about how differently his three films have affected him. In Tumsa... Emraan plays a spoilt brat who comes across a bar girl played by Dia Mirza and attempts to take her for granted due to her profession, but later realises his folly.

"This film was a revelation in terms of emotions. After doing this film, my emotional side sprung up suddenly which my friends and family members noticed and felt happy about. I realise the value of sentiments now and I feel the film has added a positive side to my personality," Emraan confesses.

He describes Tumse Nahin Dekha as a film, which has "jumped into a genre never explored before, for not only it is high on emotional side but has a comedy too. So it has a good balance". A balance that Emraan felt lost after doing an out and out negative shade in his debut film Footpath. "It was a bad experience. I started getting nightmares after that. I became too vulnerable. A kind of rage got induced into my personality. I still feel stuck with it sometime." In Murder his character "was cold" - a trait that was added to his behaviour for he also had Footpath as a "hangover".

Happy with self

Emraan is happy with the image he has cultivated. "I have established an image among the audience which is difficult and risky. I am a man who is difficult in relationships, unpredictable and a little mad. I like this image and I am capitalising on that. A reporter in Mumbai asked me recently if, like Salman I also would be kissing every girl in my films, I thought look the image is working and it is not bad. It might not be very right for a commoner but I am not saint nor would I like to be projected as one. Such roles make me feel alive and shed inhibitions."

RANA SIDDIQUI

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