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Emraan’s international project to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival

The actor is also excited to present his tapori avatar in Raja Natwarlal

Written by Priya Adivarekar | Mumbai |
Updated: August 29, 2014 1:00:23 am
 Emraan Hashmi in a still from Raja Natwarlal Emraan Hashmi in a still from Raja Natwarlal

Emraan Hashmi is visibly excited. The actor has an international film in the offering. A drama-based on facts, the film, titled Tigers, happens to be a co-production between three countries – India, France and Britain and will be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival under the Contemporary World Cinema section. “Tigers happens to be my debut in the international space. It will be premiered at the Toronto Festival in September this year and we are all quite excited about it. My character in the film is called Ayan, which co-incidentally, is also the name of my son,” stated Hashmi, who will be seen alongside Geetanjali Thapa, Adil Hussain, Satyadeep Misra among others. Helmed by Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic, it is produced by Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Prashita Chaudhary, Kshitij Chaudhary, Cedomir Kolar, Marc Baschet, Andy Paterson and Cat Villiers.
Meanwhile, Hashmi is quite kicked about his Hindi film releases this year, which includes Kunal Deshmukh-directed Raja Natwarlal. “It’s very tough to blend the right amount of romance and emotions in a film that features scamsters. But when Kunal, with whom I have worked on the Jannat franchise in the past, made me hear the script, I just couldn’t say no. It has got everything that the commercial space demands. Right from unique con acts to naach gaana, a well balanced pace, emotions, the romantic angle and friendship, which eventually becomes the vendetta angle as the film progresses ahead. I personally believe that any good Bollywood film is incomplete without the hero versus villain conflict. At the heart of it, as I mentioned, this story is all about revenge and the gradual growth of an individual. Raja is a small time con-man on the streets and one incident makes him go against all odds to take this revenge against Vardha (played by Kay Kay Menon), who is much stronger than Raja,” stated Hashmi, who, as part of his research for the character, indulged in learning teen-patti games, which both Deshmukh and Hashmi did under disguises outside a few railway stations in Mumbai. “That helped us to figure out the way it is played on the streets,” quipped Hashmi.
While the film is up for release this week, Hashmi will soon start working on a mature love story opposite Vidya Balan, titled Hamari Adhuri Kahaani. There is also the science-fiction Mr.X, where the actor will enter a new space all together. He stated that his character in Mr.X is physically demanding and that he had to mentally prepare himself for the role as well. “It’s all because the film is set in a science-fiction zone. Although I can’t speak much about the film, I have to say that my character in Mr.X is not at all about a superficial guy. He may be invisible, but he has a soul and is extremely emotional,” he adds. On the other side, the actor says Hamari Adhuri Kahaani is a complete emotional roller-coaster ride. “The script is very close to Mahesh Bhatt’s heart. He, and I think all of us, believe that this is definitely one of his best scripts. He has just finished penning the story and the film will go on the floors by September end. It’s a touching film that will strike a chord with people across all age groups. I would describe it as a tearjerker, which will make you laugh and cry. Again, you will see me in a completely different space. My character is very sweet and simple. And yes, working with Vidya (Balan) and Mohit (Suri) is always special,” mentioned Hashmi who also has the long delayed Ungli, directed by Rensil D’Silva, which Hashmi hopes will release this year.



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