Having worked with two of Hindi cinema’s most respected actors, Emraan Hashmi is in awe of how the two are going strong after so many decades in show business.
Emraan Hashmi didn’t begin 2019 on the brightest note. His maiden production Why Cheat India failed at the box office. He hopes to end the year on a higher note with The Body. The thriller sees him team up with Rishi Kapoor, who plays a detective investigating the death of a woman (Sobhita Dhulipala). Next up is Chehre, which sees Hashmi alongside Amitabh Bachchan.
Having worked with two of Hindi cinema’s most respected actors, Hashmi is in awe of how the two are going strong after so many decades in show business. “They have always strived to do good work and be passionate about their craft,” said Hashmi. “A lot of actors bail out [after a certain age] or fatigue creeps in, but they bring newness to their performance. I was working with Mr Bachchan and he is constantly rehearsing to get the shot right. The fact that they both strive for excellence is why they are still relevant.”
He admitted there was “initial anxiety” about facing the actors. “It becomes very surreal to be sitting and doing a scene. At the first reading session I thought, ‘God, I hope I don’t forget my lines’.”
Hashmi added there’s a lot to learn from their cinematic journeys. “When things are not going well, generally most would opt out,” said Hashmi. “Staying there and rolling with the punches, coming back and doing good work is commendable.” Hashmi singled out the success of 102 Not Out as proof that they command a following.
The Body, much like Bachchan’s last hit Badla, is a remake of a Spanish film. What the two films have in common, says Hashmi, are “elements of psychological thriller”.
2019 also saw Hashmi make his digital series debut with the Netflix original Bard of Blood. While he’s sated with the “response”, he has no plans to do another show for the time being. “If there is a fresh story for the second season, then I can do it,” he said. Apart from Chehre, 2020 will see Hashmi in Ezra, the Hindi remake of a Malayalam horror, and Mumbai Saga, which sees him return in the gangster genre.