After being hailed as a ‘Serial Kisser’ till a couple of years back (before Awarapan brought a complete turnaround in the perception of him as an actor and also as a person), no one would have ever imagined that Emraan Hashmi could one fine day romance a girl in the meadows, roam around the lakes and dance in the middle of the trees. That naughty streak never seemed to leave him while that mischievous smile coupled with that look in his eyes meant that he had his own loyal following.
Meanwhile Emraan continued to evolve and experiment over a period of time. One of the prime transformations that he made was getting a different look and getup for each of his outings. And the result is a ‘chocolate’ boy look that he is happy to flaunt in his upcoming release Tum Mile. Since in the recent times, actors like Aamir Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and even Saif Ali Khan have found a loyal set of followers for themselves, courtesy their ‘chocolate’ looks, Emraan Hashmi going through this makeover doesn’t quite come as a surprise.
“When Kunal (Deshmukh), director of Tum Mile, told me that in this movie he wants me to carry minimal stubble, be close to clean shaven and also wear bright colors like pinks and purples – I thought this would be a great challenge to take up”, says Emraan who has paired up with Soha Ali Khan in this romantic entertainer with ample thrills in it, “In one part of the film I am would be seen in trendy T-shirts and denims. On the other hand, there is another part where I am in office formals and spectacles. It was a nice contrast for me actually.”
Going through a look makeover isn’t something new to Emraan. In Gangster, he was a bespectacled and unassuming undercover agent. Kalyug featured him as a dyed-hair rogue. Awarapan had Emraan in the most powerful role of his career as he boasted of a ‘gang lord’ appearance. He did come close to chocolate boy in Jannat where he played a boy next door in the initial reels of the film. However, he got an altogether different persona for himself when he sported a goatee and spiked hair in horror thriller Raaz -The Mystery Continues.
Says Emraan about his various get-ups so far, “I have always tried to do justice to the characters that I have played without trying to look conventionally good. In Gangster, I had to be unassuming and look totally harmless, and that’s where spectacles came in. In Raaz – The Mystery Continues, I had to look like a maverick painter who had some deep secrets within. Spiked hair, goatee and the jackets helped a lot. I experimented similarly in Kalyug and Awaarapan too.”
Doesn’t he feel that by trying out ‘chocolate’ boy looks in Tum Mile, he is perhaps going a little too far? Won’t it be better to be in his comfort zone?
“But what really is a comfort zone today?” Emraan shoots back, “On one hand we say that we should look at change and give audience something new every time. On the other hand, we try to slot actors in a fixed image. Yes, I know that people might say this is not my zone. But then it’s a matter of being comfortable with what you are trying to achieve. Once you have done that, your inner confidence will reflect in your personality.”
With the release of the first song from Tum Mile, he is happy with the feedback that he has received so far. “Yes, so far the reactions have been quite encouraging. All of us associated with the film were confident that this new look will do complete justice to my character”, says Emraan, “I have been lucky my risks have paid off. I don’t think any other lead actor in recent times would have risked to experiment with the looks like I did and still find continuous acceptance by the audiences. I am blessed!”
In Tum Mile, Emraan plays an artist. While his role is that of a university student in one part of the film, during the other, he gets into the garb of a corporate professional. A love story, Tum Mile is set in the backdrop of 26th July’05 deluge. The film is also special for the Bhatts since it sees Vishesh Films, Sony Music and Emraan Hashmi coming together again after the first hit of the year Raaz -The Mystery Continues.