Emraan Hashmi is what you imagine the quintessential Bollywood hero to be like. His dialogue delivery, his on screen persona might be a bit over the top but it does have a striking similarity to the actors from back in the day. Emraan Hashmi initially became famous for his roles in steamy romantic movies like Murder, Aashiq Banaya Aapne and Zeher. Later on, he turned to more profound films roles with films like Shanghai and Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. The Bollywood star is widely appreciated for his cheeky acting style and comic timing. On the occasion of Emraan Hashmi’s birthday, we list down some of his best movies.
Inspired by the Hollywood film Unfaithful, Murder revolves around Simran (Mallika Sherawat) who’s unhappy in her marriage with a workaholic man named Sudhir (Ashmit Patel). She goes on to find solace in a steamy affair with Sunny (Emraan Hashmi). However, the guilt gets to her and she leaves him. But, Sunny is not ready to end the relationship and will have her at any cost. Director Anurag Basu keeps the audience glued to their seats with his style of film making. Songs for the film too helped it gain massive popularity amongst the audience. Tracks like Kaho Na Kao and Bheegay Hont Tere in particular became chartbusters.
Another Anurag Basu – Emraan Hashmi collaboration and another box – office success. Gangster was a story of a simple woman Simran played by Kangana Ranaut. Simran falls in love with Daya (Shiney Ahuja) but later finds out that he’s a criminal. This obviously has a major impact on her and she begins to question everything in life. Her frustration with the whole situation also leads her to have an affair with another man named Akash (Emraan Hashmi). Although a simple love triangle on paper, Anurag Basu’s Gangster provides you with ample twists and turns to keep you hooked thought the film.
Awarapan was an intense and compelling dramas portraying various emotions like love, passion and betrayal. The film follows the journey of a man named Shivam (Emraan Hashmi). Shivan was a heartbroken man who stopped believing in love. To escape from the ghosts of his past, Shivam completely dedicates his life to his gangster boss in Hong Kong. His boss orders him to keep an eye on his girlfriend Reema (Mrinali Sharma). After spending some time with her, Shivam begins to live life once again. He learns to smile again, live in the moment and even starts to believe in god after being an atheist. However Shivam later finds out that Reema has a secret lover who she plans to escape with soon. This puts him in a dilemma that should he remain loyal and inform his boss about Reema’s plans or help his unrequited love find what she yearns for. Emraan Hashmi’s performance in the film received a lot of praise as for the first time he stepped out of his chocolate boy image and pulled off a serious character with full conviction.
Helmed by Kunal Deshmukh and produced by Mukesh Bhatt, Jannat is an Indian crime thriller which brings to cinema lovers the never seen before pairing of Emraan Hashmi and Sonal Chauhan for the very first time. A global success, the romantic drama was not just appreciated by the audiences but the critics as well. The film traces the journey as a Street smart youngster who’s mainly interested in making quick big money. To make this happen, he switches from playing small-time card games to becoming a bookie and that sure does wonders for him. With this money, he manages to impress Sonal’s character and that’s where his love story begins. What follows next is that his actions catch the attention of the cops and that’s when he comes to a point where he has to choose between his love and the power of success. As he struggles to choose between the two, makers at the end show whether he manages to draw the line or gives in.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010)
The Milan Luthria directorial is said to be based on the lives of Mumbai underworld gangsters Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim. The Gangster drama features Emraan Hashmi alongside Ajay Devgn in the lead. While Hashmi is seen playing the role of Shoaib Khan, a character based on Dawood Ibrahim, Devgn is seen as Sultan Mirza, a character based on Haji Mastan. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai is the story of a smuggler who rises to power in the 1970s era in Mumbai and that’s when a new younger gangster (played by Emraan) overthrows him and takes over his position & status. Amidst all this, a police official is caught in the middle of the whole scenario.
The Dirty Picture (2011)
One of the most loved and applauded films in the history of Hindi cinema, The Dirty Picture featured Emraan Hashmi opposite the very gorgeous Vidya Balan in the lead. The film is inspired from the life of popular South actress, Silk Smitha, who was popular for her erotic roles and considered to be a sex symbol. Helmed by Milan Luthria and co-produced by Shobha Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor, The Dirty Picture featured Emraan playing the role of a filmmaker called Abraham, who’s also the narrator of the film. He dreams of making critically acclaimed films and initially hated Silk’s work and films since it displayed the over-sexualisation of the entertainment business. The film offers great dialogues done by Rajat Arora which manage to add immense flavour to the storyline. Despite it’s controversial subject, the makers of the film managed to deal with the subject with such sensitivity and boldness. The film managed to earn massive Rs 1.17 billion at the global box-office.
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011)
Helmed by ace filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is a romantic comedy which starred Emraan Hashmi, Ajay Devgn and Omi Vaidya in the lead roles. Portraying the role of a gym trainer and playboy, Emraan Hashmi really was in his element and as it was similar to many of the roles he portrayed in the early stages of his career. Ajay and Omi play Emraan’s flatmates. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Hai Ji was basically a story about three middle aged men in search for the love of their life. Each one of them’s quest comes with a different set of problems which form the film’s humour. All in all the film was a fun watch that you can enjoy even today.
Jannat 2 (2012)
Jannat 2 was the sequel to the 2008 release Jannat. The film had a similar storyline as the prequel. While the first one saw the protagonist lured by his greed into cricket betting in the sequel we see him enter the line of smuggling guns. The sequel starred Esha Gupta in the leading role opposite Emraan Hashmi.
Political thrillers are a rare genre when it comes to Bollywood films. But even though we might be treated with few films in this genre, they mostly are well crafted and executed. Shanghai was another film in that list. As in this film, you’d find political insigh and compelling suspense seamlessly woven together in this 2 hour thriller. While the film features a host of talented actors like Abhay Deol, Kalki. Koechlin and Pankaj Tripathi, Emraan Hashmi without a doubt stole the show with his performance.
A comedy with an underlying suspense is one of the best ways to entertain the audience and with Ghanchakkar, we got just that. The film opens with three men – Sanjay (Emraan Hashmi), Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) and Idris (Namit Das) robbing a bank. After completing the loot, they agree that it’s best that one keeps the money and they meet a while later to take their share once the matter cools down. Things take a turn on Pandit and Idris turn up at Sanjay’s home and he claims that to have lost his memory.