Emraan Hashmi is known for his association with films like ‘Murder’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Jannat2’, ‘Gangster’ and many more. Our Bollywood guide ‘G9 Divya Solgama’ had a privilege to speak to him regarding his latest film ‘Raaz Reboot’, failure of his recent films, his fascination towards horror genre, his son and his forthcoming films.
Emraan, as per the trailer of ‘Raaz Reboot’ there are lots of speculations related to your character in this movie. Some say that you are playing an angle in the moviewhile others feel you are the devil out there. So kindly walk us through your role in this movie.
Emraan Hashmi – For starters I don’t have horns (laughs). See that’s the question we don’t know who the devil is and who’s the angel. In the movie there is a point where you will feel I am an angel and then there is a point where you will distrust me. Then there are scenes where you will not trust other characters. So this the game which keeps going on throughout the film. There is no a particular line that this person is black or white and that’s what is unique in ‘Raaz Reboot’.
Emraan, ‘Raaz’ is a big franchise as its pervious parts were highly successful. So do you feel ‘Raaz Reboot’ will manage to surpass the expectation and performance level?
Emraan Hashmi – ‘Raaz Reboot’ is definitely bigger than past three parts. We have taken it to another level that’s why is called ‘Raaz Reboot’. Going back to the first three parts, second and third part were more organized horrors as they were placed in a city like Mumbai. The first one was slightly more conformist way of working as there was haveli and ooty and all sort of stuffs. For ‘Raaz Reboot’ we have shot the movie in Romania and shot it in snow. No Indian horror film has been shot in snow and that’s the unique quality about this movie. We dint add 3D for this movie as the possession scenes itself were so scary, there was no need to add any more technicality to those scenes. In many ways ‘Raaz Reboot’ is an evolved horror. I cannot compare it with earlier ‘Raaz’ franchise as they are not extension of any of the parts. ‘Raaz Reboot’ is one of those horror films which will stay in your mind for days and weeks.
Emraan, you always shared about your fascination towards horror films. So is this the conscious decision from your side to do a horror film at frequent intervals.
Emraan Hashmi – I don’t take myself as master of horror films as I have only done few horror films. I like horror films and have grown up on horror films. I love the whole experience of horror films in cinema hall. I love the reaction of people watching horror film as in one moment they are screaming and then are laughing at their fear. That is very unique reaction which you get to see only in horror films. They might not get critical acclaim, even in Hollywood it’s the same but then you see the box-office draw this genre generates. I like being part of these kinds of films.
Emraan, as per you where are our Hindi filmmakers lacking out in terms of horror film from the Hollywood?
Emraan Hashmi – There is no particular benchmark in horror films even in Hollywood. If you see the recent ones ‘Lights Off’ was not as good as ‘The Conjuring 2’. Similarly ‘The Conjuring 2’ was not same as what ‘The Conjuring’ was. After the initial cult films like ‘Exorcist’ or ‘Omen’, there was any path breaking film until the ‘Ring’ or ‘The Conjuring’. Every genre have its high or low. There are very few film makers who are making films in these genre, out here we only have Vikram Bhatt (laughs). They have a world audience and thus they can pump in more money. But where we have an advantage is because it’s deeply entrenched in our culture and mythology. These are the things which makes connect in horror films. We cannot make our audience connect with Vampire and such stuffs as they are part of western culture, out here we have our bhoot, gins, rakshas and chudails which instantly connect with our audience. That’s what we pitch on the screen. We have grown up hearing these stories thus making it believable when you see it. You enjoy Hollywood films but you might not relate to them as you can in Hindi films. Having said that VFX is far superior in Hollywood. That’s why we have stayed clear in ‘Raaz Reboot’ and used very small VFX in this film. Everything you see is more physiological and with the help of camera work.
Emraan, you son seems to be keen over joining this industry as an actor. So what’s your whole take on this decision of his?
Emraan Hashmi – I will give whatever guidance and support he needs. Eventually he has to walk the road on his own. Ill not even push him and never force my ambition on him. It will be an advantage if he wants to become an actor as I can share my experiences with him. Still he could probably start another career and have experiences of his own. But right now he seems to be liking it, he is liking the attention. He is loving the ramp work which we did. He seems to be starting off on that foot, which even I did as when I was a kid I did many ads. He has not done any ads but has done a short film where he has said some dialogues as the movie is based on a tiger campaign. He love all the attention and I am sure if he stays like this it could be start of an acting career. One thing I would defiantly try and take case is that I don’t want industry to make an extension of me. That’s what they do for their own fears and box-office draws. They will make your son a clone of you and then he will be doing a film like ‘Murder 10’. He can do things on his own, like how I dint dance in my initial films which he can do and all those which I never did.
Emraan, your recent few films failed to do any wonders at the box-office. So as per you what went wrong out there?
Emraan Hashmi – I had done certain types of cinema and had ups and downs out there. At the beginning of my career I had seen a very low phase of my carrier and after that there was such a high boom. After that I started grabbing certain type of roles but there are these certain audience which want to see me doing the roughish characters which I used to do. They were not getting to see me doing those type of films thus were rejecting my films. Now these is another phase I would say third act in my career where I am back to doing films like ‘Raaz’, ‘Badhsaao’ and films after that. But nothing guarantees success all I can say is that I am doing my work with full honesty and hard-work. Then it’s up to the audience to accept the film or not.
Emraan, kindly share with us something about your forthcoming films?
Emraan Hashmi – ‘Captain Nawab’ is my home production and it will be shot next year. I will be going on a military training for that. ‘Badhsaao’ is a film where I and Ajay are back together after ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’. I cannot tell you much about the film except for the fact that it’s based on the time of emergency. The whole look of the film is rustic and will be shot in Rajasthan. I just shot with Sunny Leone for this movie. So keep guessing what’s there in these films. ‘Tiger’ is ready and going around in the festivals but Hindi release is still not confirmed. The movie is based on a real life incident where I am playing a Pakistani guy and have some controversial stuffs attached to it. So I guess maybe they are bit cautious related to its release in India.
(Source – Bollywood Times)