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How Emraan Hashmi went from the kissing hero to sporting a paunch and yellow teeth in Shanghai? REVEALS Director Dibakar Banerjee

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Bollywood News & Gossip | Emraan Hashmi sprang onto the scene and quickly established himself as Bollywood’s definitive “kissing hero” (yeah, that’s his name tag), as well as the actor with perhaps the finest songs since the 1990s (other than the Khans).

How Emraan Hashmi went from the kissing hero to sporting a paunch and yellow teeth in Shanghai? REVEALS Director Dibakar Banerjee

However, the actor eventually experimented as well, believing in his gift and feeling that it should not be pigeonholed, and eventually established himself as a flexible performer capable of balancing any character with gravity as well as that roguish, sensual appeal for which he was first renowned. And it was in Shanghai in 2013 that this path of testing began in earnest.

But how can a director like Dibakar Banerjee see Emraan Hashmi as a pot-bellied guy with discolored teeth and dirty manners? More crucially, how did the actor agree to take such a risk at the height of his fame? In an exclusive conversation with BollywoodLife, the former reveals all.

“His paunch, his teeth, and everything else (the physical elements) were thought for the character,” Dibakar Banerjee stated when asked what convinced him to give Emraan Hashmi that appearance.

“Heroes are required to be exceedingly good looking and fit in Bollywood since they aren’t natural. Ideals whom the viewer strives to be like. So, Emraan Hashmi is like that; he’s a very attractive individual. I had seen Footpath (his debut film), in which his voice was dubbed by Vikram Bhatt Saab, and thought that there was some de-sync, so I first watched it without sound, then with sound, and got a delight that he was always extremely genuine in whatever film he was in. Sometimes the conversation and settings are so out of the ordinary that the actor can’t help but be out of the ordinary as well. Despite this, I remember Emraan trying to appear natural and effortless in all of his movies.”

How Emraan Hashmi went from the kissing hero to sporting a paunch and yellow teeth in Shanghai? REVEALS Director Dibakar Banerjee

“I met him and told him, there’s such a part, opposite Abhay. It’s a political thriller, not very commercial. If you come on board, I’ll gain an audience. But that’s not the only reason I’m talking to you. There are other reasons,” the filmmaker said.

Filmmaker Dibakar approached Emram Hashmi because he got the impression from his films that he wants to accomplish something natural. Emraan Hashmi was his first and only option to play the lead alongside Abhay Deol.

‘Abhi batao kab (tell me now when’s the date)?’ remarked Emraan Hashmi after hearing the story.

“I could see how Emraan Hashmi is the type of person who goes right to the point. Like Karana hai to Karna hai. ‘Chalo, ab date batao. Kaise look Hogi, yeh Kaise hoga, bharosa nahi hai.’ ‘Date bolo,’ he simply stated.

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Well, credit to Dibakar for bringing out the actor we all suspected was hiding behind Emraan’s mask.

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