Poor Emraan Hashmi! There seems to be no getting away from the "serial kisser" tag despite his many protestations and he's back to locking lips in his forthcoming film "The Dirty Picture".
If people wish to remember him for his on-screen kisses, so be it, says the somewhat exasperated actor who has for long been looking for an image change.
The 32-year-old actor came to be known as Hindi cinema's serial kisser after numerous lip locks in films like "Murder", "Zeher", "Aashiq Banaya Apne", "Gangster" and "Jannat".
"The tag would never go. I tried to get rid of it, but it follows me everywhere. I have done so many films with it (kissing) and so many people went and watched those films.
So probably they want to remember me for that. And if kissing is a great way to remember me, I have no complaints! My audience base is there and I can't change overnight, " Emraan told in an interview.
"I am trying out different things in my forthcoming films. Hopefully it would be another dimension, which would change people's perception about me, " he added.
"The Dirty Picture" is said to have Emraan in yet another kissing scene, this time with actress Vidya Balan. He however stresses that the film, based on the life of the late southern sex icon Vijayalakshmi aka Silk Smitha, takes sexuality to a different level.
"It's a different take on sexuality. Sexuality in my films was shown differently before this. 'The Dirty Picture' takes it to a different level, " said Emraan.
The first trailer of the movie has already created a buzz, with Vidya in a bold new avatar. Emraan plays one of the three men in her life, while the other two male characters have been essayed by Tusshar Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah.
"I play a movie director who believes in artistic cinema. He is one who doesn't really give a damn about commercial viability of a film.
He would rather make a film, which critics will appreciate; he sticks to his guns creatively, never budges from his creative instincts of a film and the content the film. It's a very different character that I haven't played before, " said the actor.
"The Dirty Picture", produced by Ekta Kapoor, and directed by Milan Luthria, will release Dec 2, which happens to be Silk Smitha's birth anniversary.
Even though the movie is being promoted as Silk Smitha's biopic, Emraan says it has been spiked with fiction for commercial value.
"It's basically a fictional film. It might have been taken from different sources and it's about the southern film industry, about the actress, her rise, her stardom and her relationship with these three men...
Eventually, lots of comparisons can be made but lots of things have been added for commercial effect. So I wouldn't say it's truly a biopic, " he said.
This is the first time that Emraan has teamed up with the critically acclaimed Vidya.
"Vidya is a great actress. Our combination is new. It's a great experience working with her. Every character in the film is very intriguing and interesting; so we share a very different kind of chemistry on screen."
He is also in awe of veteran actor Naseeruddin.
"Naseeruddin is god of acting. I did a couple of scenes with him, which was a great learning experience, " said Emraan.
B-town’s hot serial kisser Emraan Hashmi may soon earn the tag of life form a prankster, on the sets of his flicks. The actor recently played a dirty prank on his co-star Vidya Balan, while shooting for Milan Luthria’s ‘Dirty Picture’.
According to a source, Vidya was busy with a photo shoot for the film at a studio, while his co-stars Tusshar Kapoor and Emraan were hanging around on the sets. The actress, who is essaying the role of the late south sexy siren Silk Smitha in the film, was dressed in a skimpy neckline top teamed up with a short skirt for the shoot.
Seeing Vidya dressed in a skimpy outfit, Emraan decided to play a prank on her. He held a glass of soft drink and while pretending to be drunk, he reached the place where Vidya was shooting for the photoshoot. Sources report that soon Emraan started ogling at her and even started making faces at her.
Vidya got really hassled after seeing Emraan with a glass in his hand and asked him not to distract her from work. To which, Emraan retorted by saying that he can’t control himself, as the actress was looking too hot in the dress.
The source adds that Vidya was completely baffled by Emraan’s attitude and she immediately rushed to the production managers to complain about him. The actress even asked them to wisk Emraan away from the sets, as she thought that he was completely drunk and was not in his senses.
Seeing Vidya fuming with anger, the crew couldn’t control themselves and everyone on the sets burst into laughter, including Emraan. Later, Vidya realised that she had become a victim of a lecherous prank, which was designed by Hashmi.
We wonder, who’s going to be the next victim of the pranks played by the actors on the sets.
The members of the film unit forget to do their work and simply stare at Vidya, who has gone for a image makeover for the film. She has turned into a woman of great seductive charm who leads men into compromising or dangerous situations. Her skimpy, barley-there clothes, assets on display and chain smoking antics were too hot for the men on sets to handle.
The film ‘The Dirty Picture’ is a biopic of yesteryear sex bomb Silk Smitha. Vidya Balan playing a character loosely based on the South sex-symbol Silk Smitha, who featured in string of soft-porn films in the 80s and early 90s. The tragic life and death of Silk Smitha, the sex siren who became an inseparable part of South Indian cinema will no doubt make for interesting viewing. Looks like Vidya Balan is all set to revive an era and redefine the term sex-symbol with her oomph and sex-appeal. The makers are planning to release this film in Hindi and Telugu simultaneously.